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Thread: More on Airplane paint?

  1. #11

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    I would look for "100 percent Acrylic" on the label. If it says latex I wouldn't buy it.

  2. #12

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    I used house paint on my whole airplane, so a few of my observations:

    1) Using floteral is pretty much a must for some colors, or it won't flow nicely. I write some colors, as it seemed that the brown I used just wouldn't flow right without it.

    2) I've pour a LOT of gasoline, both automotive and aviation, onto the paint. Never left a mark or faded the paint. One does need to go back after it with a damp sponge once it's cleared, as there will be a small film or sheen, just it does to everything.

    3) On metal, it's all about the etch and the prep. The parts where I didn't display due diligence in carefully cleaning and lightly running a Scotch pad over (or let my fingerprints get all over it), there is some delamination. Being house paint, it doesn't flake off, but can make a little area where one can move the paint around a little.

    4) What one gets out of it is what one puts into it. Sanding between coats until they are smooth, not doing it when it's a hundred and five with 100 percent humidity, etc., can give a really awesome paint job. I didn't much care all that much, so I've got a nice aerodynamically pleasing orange peel to my finish. Hey, dimples make golf balls fly farther, don't they?
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