Beej's Paint

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  1. May 29, 2018 #41

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    I am actually pretty slow. :0( What with a full time job, it took me most of 2017 to fabric the darn plane.
     
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    It's a lot tougher to get runs on a horizontally placed panel as compared to vertical (something to do about gravity ;))
    But both positions can not be sprayed identical, spraying flat can give overconfidence and when the time comes for upright, that's when a little too much wet paint can start to slide.
     
  3. May 29, 2018 #43

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    John,
    I also bought a vinyl cutter during my Eagle build. Let me know if you need help figuring out how to use it. It was very frustrating for me at first. Lots of settings to tweak, different blades, how small can you cut text and successfully weed it...etc.
     
  4. May 29, 2018 #44

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    I just wanted to jump in with a couple with a couple of quick comments and observations. First...I used a Devilbiss Finishline HVLP gun and I swear that even the most inept painter could lay down a perfect coat with that gun. I used a suction feed gun for my Glasair and when I needed to spray something vertically in the up position all I did was reverse the pickup tube in the paint cannister.

    However, I wanted to get one of the newer Finishline guns for another project but now they are all gravity feed. What to do. Then I talked to Devilbiss and learned about the DeKups disposable paint cup system. Really neat...you can spray with the gun in any position imaginable. And I think they make DeKups adapters for just about any brand of gravity feed gun. Check it out on YouTube

    Just one quick comment on paint color. FWIW my late father was an old time painter and he told me that yellow had the poorest covering qualities of any color. He also told me that if you want your color coat to really be brilliant then use white primer if it's available.

    Beej, I absolutely love your design and color. Keep at it. All of the builders on this site keep me motivated to keep working on my Skybolt. Thanks guys and girls.

    Bill
     
  5. May 29, 2018 #45

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    Cheers, I'll keep that in mind... :)
     
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    I just noticed.
    I love the little stand off legs.
    Great idea, what are they, wood?
    Img_0654[1].jpg
     
  7. May 30, 2018 #47

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    Paint mixing sticks with double sided tape. :)
     
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    You can get disposable bags that fit your cup for your devilbiss gravity gun and then you can spray in any attitude. I use them all the time. Work well.
     
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    I am using the De Kups system, which sounds similar.
     
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    What is the typical marking method to use for making reference marks on the paint? Soft pencil? Wax marker?
     
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    We just use a small piece of masking tape.
     
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    I used a dry erase marker. It did sometimes take a little alcohol to get the mark off if I left it on too long.
     
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    A little bit of both, soft pencil dry erase, if it's fine point or as Chris mentioned; measure a dab a sliver of masking tape. Whatever works :)

    Edit' NO WAX MARKER:eek:
     
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    Beej, haven't heard a word about your paint progress since May.
    Where you at on your "puzzle paint" job and how you gettin along with the Stewarts system ?
     
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    YEA! is it green yet?
     
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    John was out of the country for a while.
     
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    Yeah I had a vacation in Portugal in September. I have been busy painting, or rather, busy trying to zone in on the perfect finish, but never quiet getting there, but close. I used Stewart systems up to primer, then using axalta imron for the topcoat. I used the green for the first time last night on some parts that were to be all green, such as a the belly panels and some other oddments. The green flows out really well. The next time the green goes on, I will be using lots of masking tape and mask patterns. The following are painted white and stored for a while:

    I-struts
    Empennage
    Ailerons
    All sheet metal
    Wheelpants
    Spinner
    A million oddments of fairings, covers and inspection plates

    This Sunday is the big day to transport the fuselage from the airport to my converted 'spray shop' at the back of the house. zzfinal_2_0_john_nunn_skybolt_all.jpg
     
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    I can't wait to see it finished!
     
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    I second the motion!
     

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