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Old 01-21-2013, 05:17 PM
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Skybolt Al Skybolt Al is offline
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Default Kirker Paint Durability?

I'm getting ready for paint and need to make a decision between spending the $$ on PPG or going with Kirker. Does anyone that used Kirker paint more than 5 years ago have any comments regarding its durability?
Started 7/09
Empennage done 9/09.
Wings done 1/19/10.
Fuselage done 12/1/11
Panel done 12/6/12
Winshield, canopy, wheelpants, fairings done 12/15/12
Wings fitted to fuse, looks like a plane! 12/15/12
Painting white, maroon, black, & gold right now- woo-hoo! 4/25/13

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:24 PM
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I have a couple of friends with trucks and motorhomes painted with Kirker and they're outside all of the time, holding up perfect.
Bob Japundza A&P IA
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:21 PM
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Default Problems painting Kirker

I painted my plane with Kirker base coat clear coat system. I had nothing but trouble. I admit it may have been the painter or my equipment and not the paint but this was what happened to me. Base coat went on great. The clear went on well but orange peeled terribly when dry. Ended up spending huge amount of time sanding and reshooting several times. Final problem is that clear coat over the white has yellowed terribly. After 4 yrs of flying I will be working on painting in the near future.
Frank Smidler
N96FS, RV-6, 2WI6
Flying 1/11/09
760 hr
Stoughton, WI
Formally of Lafayette, IN
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:58 PM
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Im seriously considering single stage kirker finish on my -7. The only thing holding me back is the lack of a non metallic silverish color.
FWF and panel work in progress
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:58 AM
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I'm thinking of doing the single stage as well and just cut and buff leaving the clear off. The only color I sprayed so far is the spinner (metallic blue) and the guys at the paint store said it looked okay to them. Still debating which direction to go.
RV-9A - final assembly
At the hangar
DAR Inspection - Sometime
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:52 PM
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Well, I don't have any long term results to say. I am painting my entire airplane with kirker base/clear system. I have the fuse and one wing left to do. It is multicolor and so far I am very pleased with the outcome. I am color sanding and buffing the clear. So far it has been easy to spray and buffs out looking better than the factory paint on my toyota tundra. I will note that I have stayed with their directions and used only their products with the right temperature activators. it cures hard like any other clearcoat system. I can not say about the durability yet, but it seems like a good product for me.

rv8 entire airframe at airport now, painting done, intersection and gear upper and lower fairings done, maybe order engine around first of year or before the next rate increase.
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