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Old 01-26-2019, 08:19 AM
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Default Painting behind instrument panel

I'm at the point where the instrument panel frame gets riveted to the fuselage, and I'm debating what to do as far as paint behind it goes. The first bay is of course visible when the canopy is open. I could leave it in primer (smoke gray), paint it interior color (a creamy gray for vintage Ford tractors), or paint it black. How did you do yours, and would you do it the same way a second time?
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:29 AM
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I have a grey interior and I painted it glossy white along with the underside of the canopy that covers those areas. If I had to do it again I would paint it the same color as the interior. It’s time consuming to mask off and inevitably you get some spray through relief cuts, holes and other gaps you may miss during masking. All one color is simple and fast.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:55 AM
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Iím in the paint it white camp since itís a far brighter area to work in if you ever have to crawl under to there to fix or add any equipment, mind you Iím working on my second slider project, witch are considerably more enclosed!
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:36 AM
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I'm at the point where the instrument panel frame gets riveted to the fuselage, and I'm debating what to do as far as paint behind it goes. The first bay is of course visible when the canopy is open. I could leave it in primer (smoke gray), paint it interior color (a creamy gray for vintage Ford tractors), or paint it black. How did you do yours, and would you do it the same way a second time?
Mine is painted same color as interior (grey) for simplicity. Would do same way next time.
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:29 PM
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I'm at the point where the instrument panel frame gets riveted to the fuselage, and I'm debating what to do as far as paint behind it goes. The first bay is of course visible when the canopy is open. I could leave it in primer (smoke gray), paint it interior color (a creamy gray for vintage Ford tractors), or paint it black. How did you do yours, and would you do it the same way a second time?
I primed then painted all of that upper forward fuselage structure black and I like it. Would do it again. The fuselage interior is a different color, I call it a light gray.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:18 PM
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I primed that area grey, but cover it during normal ops with a panel-to-subpanel velcroed avionics cover. Love the dressed look.

http://www.flightlineinteriors.com/accessories

Abby makes these for the 6, 7, and 9. I bet sheíll work with you on a 14 cover (new product for her).
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:26 PM
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I did ask Abby about an instrument panel cover for the 14 and she said it was not possible due to the demisting fans in the glareshield.
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