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Old 07-09-2017, 10:46 AM
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Default Painting The Brake Pedals?

Quick question: do folks paint (or otherwise coat) the WD-820 brake pedals? It seems strange to me to leave them bare aluminum, but I didn't see anything in the instructions about priming & painting them.

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Old 07-09-2017, 10:50 AM
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Default Peddles

I left mine bare , no paint to wear out . If you want them a color I would either powder coat them or have them anodized.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:54 AM
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Painted them using the same PPG single stage paint used for the rest of interior. Very durable finish. 15 years on the RV-8A like this and they still look like the day I painted them. I added some stick on non-skid pads as well. Did the same with the RV-10.

If memory serves, the pedals are not alclad so will corrode with time.

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Old 07-09-2017, 11:06 AM
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Default Powder coat

Powdercoated mine and did some other small asst parts in the same oven run. I used the long pivot bolts and needed to remove the powdercoat out of the bolt holes during assembly. Easy with right size drill bit or reamer.

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Old 07-09-2017, 11:12 AM
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I PowderCoated mine and they seem to be wearing well.
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Old 07-09-2017, 02:16 PM
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I had mine hard anodized. We'll see at some point in the future how well that lasts and whether it was worth the money.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:18 PM
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Default Wing-walk

I used the black wing-walk that has an adhesive back. I cut it a little large then used an x-acto knife to cut around the edges and holes. Looks nice and no slip.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:41 PM
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Default stick on non-skid pads

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I added some stick on non-skid pads as well.

Carl
Carl,
These non-skid pads you describe, where did you got them? Send me a quick PM or post here with this information. Thx.

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Old 07-09-2017, 04:38 PM
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I have painted the pedals on a couple of our planes - just normal spray primer and paint, then in to the oven for awhile. You see some wear - but no flaking or peeling.

I personally wouldn't like non-skid because I purposely fly by sliding my feet up on to the pedals for braking and back down (helps on the floor) for steering without hitting the brakes. I think non-skid would make that harder, and possibly hang up in the transition. Remember - all my current aircraft are taildraggers!

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Old 07-09-2017, 05:14 PM
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Carl,
These non-skid pads you describe, where did you got them? Send me a quick PM or post here with this information. Thx.

Ivan K.
3M makes a variety of product along this line. I recommend not using the stuff that looks like sandpaper. The "bumpy rubber" is a good compromise on wear, durability and not getting your feet stuck. In the RV-8A I used the same stuff to line the passenger foot wells (wide version that I cut to fit the wells). This worked well.

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