After thinking about the mess I made of the left rudder skin, I decided to just buy another one and give it another shot. The skin itself was only $43 and change. I also needed 8 stiffeners at $5.09 per 2.
By this point, I’ve gotten good at preparing rudder skins, so I starting Saturday afternoon and finishing with the prep work in 3.5 hours. That included cutting and forming the stiffeners, match-drilling them and the skin, deburring it all and dimpling both the skin and stiffeners. Next is painting…again.