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Old 05-17-2017, 08:55 PM
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Very nice! I admire those of you that can use are skilled with a paint gun.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:19 AM
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Default Lookin Good!

I have thought to do the same thing as you in that i want to paint it all at home and then transport to airport for final assembly.

Love to hear how the trip goes. i feel that even if a few scars need fixing it will be easier to paint (and cheaper) at home where all the tools are and you dont need to rent hangar space.

She really looks nice. Great job

Any advice on how to get my cowling on like yours would be greatly appreciated LOL the thing has it in for me...

Dave
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Old 05-18-2017, 05:56 PM
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Default Thank you Dan Horton

The painting has been interesting for sure. Love the end result but boy what a lot of work. I went base/clear knowing that i could follow Dan's advice on color sanding and buffing. Worked like a charm!

This is the cowl after clear coating. It looked pretty good.

Then I cut it with 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit paper so it looked like this

Then I used the Norton liquid ice system and got it to look like this.


So thanks for the inspiration Dan. I've enjoyed painting at home and especially the convenience of doing it in bits.
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:11 PM
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Default Cowl

Thanks Dave, I'd encourage anyone to try and paint it at home. Yes I've damaged a few bits here and there but I've learned how to repair painted parts and blend them in which is nice to be able to do.
As for the cowl it's really been a case of just trial and error. The two halves didn't fit too well so I cut off the front flange got tgem to fit perfectly and reglassed in a strong flange that fit perfectly. Lots of epoxy with lightweight fill, glass and a few epoxy skim costs to fill the weave and pin holes I must have sanded those darn cowl at least 10 times...
If I can be of help Pm me and we'll talk.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:01 PM
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That looks real nice! how many coats of clear, and did you break through to the base coat anywhere? I did B/CC also but a little skittish to sand on it, did that once on a car and broke through a couple of places with the buffer.......is there any ridge at the color changes, that's where my fear is....
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:39 PM
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Default Clear

Hey Bret,
I put one good coat of clear on the airframe but two coats on the cowling because I think it'll get a little abused. Not many problems burning through the clear but I used a very soft foam sanding block and foam pads with the buffing wheel. The few times that I did manage to burn through on edges and a few high rivets I just got out the airbrush, recoated just that area, let it dry then blended it in with light sanding and buffing. No trace visible.

It really is worth while doing it if you can. Take a deep breath and go for it. My wife couldn't believe I was going scuff it all up...but now she's glad I did.

Best of luck

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Old 05-30-2017, 01:59 PM
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Default Engine progress...

So while out in the sticks in the land RV my engine builder sends me these teaser pics for the RV7 project. Fantastic weekend closing booster!

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Old 05-30-2017, 05:57 PM
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Congratulations. Sweet!
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:20 PM
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Simon, it looks great, and you're quite welcome. Really, I get a lot of pleasure in seeing someone do so well.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:03 AM
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Default Rolled the Canoe

Rolled the canoe this past weekend. I think this is the first time that I have truly believed that I can finish this project. It just seems more real today compared to the ambiguous "someday" that it has been for the past several years. Very motivating.

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