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Old 02-01-2019, 05:38 PM
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Working on a couple new diesel ships and wondering what paint works for diesel fuel and exhaust? I have lots of good old dope that I've used on glow ships and had to use 2 part Clear Death Paint as a top coat. Would like to do something a little less toxic. Let me know what you guys use.

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Well there's still quite a few of us diesel users in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, who also still build our own models. However our paints are different to your brands in the US. Some of us do use VHT Engine Enamel with good results for both diesel fuel and nitro. It's made in the US, It is like liquid lead, and I'm not sure how it goes over open tissue bays. I usually use it on the fuse and use a good quality clear gloss marine or wooden floor varnish on the wings either solid or open tissue over mylar. Works well after a few coats. Bondall Monocel Gold Marine Clear Varnish is one of the more successful brands.

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Epoxy Coatings - Colors, Clears and Primers - Klass Kote
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I think he indicated that he was trying to avoid the two pack paint.
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Originally Posted by qazimoto View Post
I think he indicated that he was trying to avoid the two pack paint.
Unfortunately there is not much else out there that will withstand that type of abuse. That is why in the real world such paints exist. Klass Kote seem to me to be the best of the worst so to speak. Think about it, if there were less toxic products wouldn't everyone be using them already????

At this moment I am spraying white Klass Kote in my garage with an exhaust fan drawing the fumes out and using an organic filter mask and safety glasses. Its winter and the outside temp is -4 C with snow on the ground. I heat the garage to 40 C and shut down the furnace and open the fresh air vent, turn on the fan and paint away. It takes a little planning but well worth it in the end.

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The Mercury is climbing toward +40 C here now :-)

Our Australian rattle can paint choices for diesels have had a shake up in recent years as well. Suddenly the most effective brands couldn't handle diesel fuel or glow fuel. I've since found one that can manage the former. I don't think it's available in the US. Otherwise VHT brand seems to handle glow fuel with 10% Nitro and diesel ok but it's heavy and doesn't age all that well. I don't want to go via the 2-pack path either.

The pic shows a c/l Mini-Goodyear finished with VHT Blue on the fuse and floor enamel on the flying surfaces. Just getting it finished for the weekend.
Engine is an R-150 (1.5cc) diesel


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Nice job how fast?
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Nice job how fast?
About 24-25 sec/10 laps I'd reckon :-)
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Sweet little ship Ray,

I was once offered a NIB Rothwell R100 at a fair price. Foolishly I passed on it. The one that got away

I find Monocell Gold Clear Marine Varnish very good. Not cheap though.

What is the local spray-pack you use that is good for diesel fuel?
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I'd be surprised if the rattle can polyurethanes didn't work but is has been a few years since I have painted
a plane or used my diesels. Back then I hust used aerogloss byuterate dope
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Sweet little ship Ray,

I was once offered a NIB Rothwell R100 at a fair price. Foolishly I passed on it. The one that got away

I find Monocell Gold Clear Marine Varnish very good. Not cheap though.

What is the local spray-pack you use that is good for diesel fuel?
I think that SMR made a batch of a new version of the R-100 a few years ago. I passed on the deal. I heard of one NIB example going for AUD500.

Usually he only sells to users rather than collectors.

The rattle-can paint I like is Wattyl Killrust " Epoxy Gloss Enamel". I usually get it at the local Mitre-10 hardware shop. Fairly limited colour range though. At least it's diesel fuel proof. I found that the "White-Knight" range wiped off after a running session with diesel fuel. Previously it was a top notch product.
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Thanks Ray.
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