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Old 06-11-2017, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Applying NC #s

I'll be painting the NC # on the Waco soon. I'm planning to use Ranthane. I'm just wondering if there is a better way than masking it all off. I'm wondering if anyone has had a vinyl stencil made? Would it be safe to put it on new paint? No interest in vinyl letters btw.
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A vinyl stencil is the way to go. They make special masking vinyl but there is no problem using regular vinyl if the sign shop doesn't have it. One tip is to cut the letters apart and put them on one at a time. Put some reference marks on each side of the cut so it's easy to keep things in line. I've done this on a dozen or so airplanes and most people think it's vinyl the results are so good.


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Thanks.
Any idea how long the Ranthane needs before applying the vinyl or tape?
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I think ACS sells the stencil

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Ranthane seems to stay softer longer when compared to Aerothane but two days is usually our minimum. I'd wait longer if it's an option.
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Yes, I'll wait as long as I need. I'm looking ahead. For now two wings are up to base coat white, 3rd ready for silver, 4th on deck.
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2 days before taping works well for Ranthane.
Most sign shops can only do less than 24" height due to the size of their plotter and material. Have them cut vertically if you are recutting for spacing anyway.
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Have an aviation specific shop do the paint mask. Aero graphics or Moody. Your local shop won't get authentic Fonts we use in aviation.

I would call Aerographis first and talk to Marilyn
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Default Ranthane over stencils

I used Aerographics stencils on a Citabria I restored. They are quality and can be applied without separating them if a drop of soap in water is used with a spray mist. I would let the paint harden before applying the stencil; however, after it hardens scuffing will be required before the overspray with Ranthane will adhere. Ask me how I know - I got it right on the second attempt. It is difficult the scuff up to the edge of the stencil but it is necessary for the edges of to adhere.

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What age is the cut off for using the NC instead of just the N ?


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