210 Nitrate Dope is used to seal and shrink organic fabrics: Grade A Cotton, Irish Linen or silk and silkspan for model airplanes. It is not recommended for use on Ceconite or other synthetic polyester fabrics. Polyester fabrics are shrunk by the application of heat; applying tautening dope after heat shrinking can produce undue tightening of the fabric and deformation of underlying structure. NOTE: We recommend using only 9701 Butyrate Dope on Grade A Cotton or Linen, butyrate dope is superior in all ways to nitrate dope on organic fabrics. We offer nitrate only for model airplanes or exact antique restorations where service life is not important.


Quarts, gallons, 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums.


One thinned gallon covers approximately 200 square feet.


Thin to spray viscosity with 286 Nitrate Thinner usually one to one.


For best results, use a spray gun. Allow each coat to dry before spraying another. Do not rush coats, all dopes work best when ample drying time is allowed between coats. In cool or humid weather, slow down application or wait for better weather. Applying multiple thick coats in a hurry can cause splitting or wrinkling of the dope film.

Dry Time:

15 to 45 minutes depending on temperature and thinning.

Shelf life:

2 years unopened. Do not store in excessive heat. Dope should be clear; do not use if discolored to a brown or golden color.