Chapter 20B Painting
After the 2 part epoxy primer was applied and the aircraft sanded I decided to go with a Marine Topcoat Paint called Pettit EASYPOXY. This is a one stage urethane paint that can be brushed on or thinned and sprayed. The paint is relatively thin and lays down nice but did take some practice to spray. I started with the turtle back which gave me a variety of angles to shoot onto.
Above shows turtle back during painting. I had to paint outside so I could only paint on hot, dry calm wind days.
Finished product...Turtleback painted.
I next painted the various flight controls. I used a large air compressor and wet paint gun.
I tackled the wings next. The weather supported me for a good week of painting.
Here is a shot of the finished wing back in the garage. As you can see, the Easypoxy lays down nice. Its not perfect, but it will work.
The canard was a relatively easy one to shoot.
The fuselage introduced a few challenges. I chose to not stand her all the way up. I just took my time and it came out pretty nice. There are at least 3 coats on all the parts.
A shot of the nose and the lower cowling which I actually painted later after the installation of the engine.
The finished fuselage back in the garage.
I decided to add a red stripe. I painted it on using red easypoxy. Later I added some thin black striping that can be seen in current pictures. I also added my name and my wife's name to each side of the canopy.
Finished fuselage with stripe and names added....ready for an engine.