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Old 09-04-2017, 09:06 AM
AeroDog AeroDog is offline
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Default Page 35-03 Painting main gear legs

The build manual is clear: The main gear legs are to be painted with two-part epoxy primer, then painted. The legs are shiny and pitted as a result of bead blasting I'm told. My question regards prep for the primer. Should Alumaprep and Alodine be used or is thorough cleaning enough? (Yes, I used the search function.)

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Old 09-04-2017, 11:33 AM
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If you're using a modern self-etching epoxy primer; if desired, scuff with a fine grit sandpaper, wipe clean with acetone, mineral spirits, or whatever prep the primer calls for, and prime.
Ron Gawer

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Old 09-04-2017, 11:39 AM
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Because of the blasting texture, etching with a surface prep containing phosphoric acid (aluma prep, etc.) is the best way to assure a surface that is 100% cleaned of oxidation before primer application.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:12 PM
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Default Powder coat?

Can the main gear legs be powder coated?
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:02 PM
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I'm going to say yes on the powder coat because the new finishing kit main gear legs are.
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