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Old 12-30-2018, 07:11 PM
Curtisairfamily Curtisairfamily is offline
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Default Interior Painting

Any tips on painting your interior? We just got our project. Floorboards are ready to install but I think we will paint them first and route any wires under them. We are going to remove the rudder pedals to do a real nice job painting around them.
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:18 PM
PilotjohnS PilotjohnS is offline
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I just finish up doing my interior paint on my 9a prior to forward fuse final riveting. I used the sherwin williams jet flex (solvent based) and it went very well; that paint is very forgiving. I was very nervous, but after a lot of searching here i just followed the sw instructions and it worked out well. I did not use a paint booth or any fancy air compressor set up.
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:50 PM
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I did all my fuse interior painting prior to riveting; I didn't want to be blowing paint in an assembled fuse, with all the other expensive bits around.

I used S.W. JetFlex WR (water based polyurethane) The stuff is as thick as molasses in the winter (even when thinned 20%), but goes on very easily with a 1.8 mm tip @ 20 PSI at the gun. I really like this stuff; super tough. I used Stewart Systems water based primer under, and am very happy with the results.

Tho, if you want to go this route, buy a gallon in your color of choice. I went by quarts and found one batch to be a noticeably different tone than the others ... girrrr. I probably used 2.5 qts total (about 1/4 of that was left in the gun/hopper on cleanup because the stuff was so thick)
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:24 PM
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Default SW Jetflex

I used Jet Flex Solvent based. Sprayed everything that would show before assembly sp the rivet and screw heads would show. Looks awesome.
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