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View Poll Results: What color should I paint my panel?
Flat Black 30 26.09%
Dark Grey 44 38.26%
Pewter (match interior) 13 11.30%
Other 28 24.35%
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:33 PM
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Getting ready to paint the panel. What color should I go with?

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Old 06-18-2016, 04:16 PM
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What the Navy called "Gull Gray" is very easy on the eyes. Its the exact shade of color as the SEM gray primer.
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:56 PM
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There is another option to paint. And that is a vinyl wrap. I had my panel done in a carbon fiber look wrap with the lettering done in white. Try Aircraft wraps.


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Old 06-18-2016, 04:58 PM
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What the Navy called "Gull Gray" is very easy on the eyes. Its the exact shade of color as the SEM gray primer.
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I did light grey (primer) and it blends well and causes no distractions. I also covered with a clear coat (to cover my lettering) and used a flattening agent in it to keep the gloss down and avoid reflections. I think this is even more important than the color.

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Old 06-18-2016, 06:42 PM
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I have no idea what color You should paint YOUR panel....but I like the gray that the other guys mentioned on my planes becasue well....I'm used to it on other planes I've flown in my career, and it seems to work. No more science than that.
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I like a medium semi-gloss Gray myself . Not too light and not too dark .
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My interior paint is lighter in color and I get a lot of reflection off the canopy when trying to do photography. If I had it to do over, I would either go with the carbon fiber wrap, or paint it flat black.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:10 PM
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Personally, I think black looks very old-fashioned and "Pipery" (as in, old Piper Cherokees and such). I like a lighter-colored panel, and I had mine powder-coated in the same color as the "grey" (always looked very "white" to me ) powder coat that Van's uses for everything. Any visible portions of the interior I painted with the same color. I'm happy with it, but everybody's taste is different when it comes to panel colors and designs.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:45 PM
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I strongly prefer flat or satin black. I don't want to see the "panel" or any reflections.
I only want to see the instruments.
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I strongly prefer flat or satin black. I don't want to see the "panel" or any reflections.
I only want to see the instruments.
Agree on the flat or satin finish choice.

FWIW The guy who fabricated my instrument panel had just completed the 22 panels for the NASA T-38 fleet. They are painted a satin tan color which is very easy on the eyes and makes the dark colored instrument stand out when they are not on. Following his recommendation I used the same train of thought for the color on my panel. So I recommend a light color that matches your interior with a flat or satin finish.

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