My plane is in Ridgeway, VA. That's about 7 miles east of Martinsville, VA. I have a question for anyone who is restoring and recovering a citabria or anything with wooden bulkheads. I'm just replacing one that has a twist, but I want to put a varnish or some other protective finish on all of them before I cover it. What product do you recommend? Spar Varnish? Polyurethane? Other?
On my 79 ECA I could re use some of the bulkheads but on close inspection the wood is splintering from age so I chose to replace them all.i was considering the cost vs labor of having to redo later, yours may be in great condition just a suggestion, as with any project each time something comes off I think wile I’m hear I should do this! Like my head liner it looks good but wile I’m this far ya know what I mean.
I did the same thing on headliner. Mine was pretty good, but I knew once I have everything back together, I'd look at it and wish I'd done it.... so out came the screwdriver and knife. I lucked out with Aircraft Spruce and they had one in stock for a greenhouse citabria in Atlanta and I hope I'm not having to wait 30 days to get one made.
Im sure someone must have discovered this before I did, but I was able to straighten badly warped bulkheads by running my clothing steamer over them. It took about 20 minutes each. Thought I would just pass it along.