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Old 10-02-2006, 10:23 AM
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Default Age old question.... about PAINT

I am tired of making planes that look good for 2 yrs then the painted cowl gets dark and spotty..... Lustre Coat, Black Baron, Walmart Krylon, etc, etc.... Is there a paint that is actually worth the cost per can or should I go the expensive auto-body way and just pay for it.

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Old 10-02-2006, 11:08 AM
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Have you considered latex ?

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Old 10-02-2006, 11:32 AM
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2 years? You are clearly not destroying your planes fast enough!

Come on, crash once in a while!

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(yeah, automotive is probably your best bet. )
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:17 PM
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I have several models that have Top Flite Lusterkote paint on the plastic/fiberglass parts.
It has held up well for over 5 years. I just wipe them down with Windex after every flight.

Automotive paints are much more durable. But, they are no easier to paint with.
Also, they are deadly toxic.

I have been painting models, cars and full scale aircraft for over 20 years.
About 10 years ago, I started getting cold sweats, head aches and couldn't stop shaking.
It scared the heck out of me!
The doctor had me de-toxed. It took me over a month to start feeling normal again.
Even though I wore a good respirator and rubber gloves, it was not enough.
Now, I use a fresh air respirator and a full body suite when I am painting.

As long as the proper precuations are taken, there is no substitute for Polyurathanes.

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Old 10-02-2006, 11:12 PM
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Klass Kote epoxies hold up very well.
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:10 AM
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Where are the easiest places to buy Klass Kote?
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http://klasskote.com/
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I'm about to paint my plane with household latex paints. I need a glow proof clear coat (matte) that will be glow PROOF and compatible with latex. Any advice?

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I was advised yesterday to use Lustre coat... a monokote matching paint. It is heavier and dries very strong.... I think I have used this type before and have not had great results but they do make a clearcote that is fuel proof.

Anyone else have experience with this paint?
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Yep, like the Lusterkote colors. It is a very thin paint. I clear coat nearly everything I paint.
It is OK. But, it is nothing like a good polyurathane clear!

I do like the Lusterkote paints. But if you are looking for durability, you really need to go with a poly or an epoxy.

I have not used the Klasskote paints. I have heard VERY good things about them!
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I use Varathane satin in spray cans over latex; It will darken light colors somewhat. I like to let it cure for several weeks to make it fuelproof to 15% nitro. The water based diamond finish is not as fuelproof. The hobby shop clears are very potent, so use a respirator mask.

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Thanks. This is all good info. Have you tried Lustrecoat over Latex?

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ORIGINAL: crtmmac

Thanks. This is all good info. Have you tried Lustrecoat over Latex?

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I use Parma Faskolor latex paints very often. I have never tried clear coating them with Lusterkote.
But, once they are clear coated with polyurathane, they look as good as House of ($$$) Kolors paints!
I have painted a bunch of helicopter canopies this way.
It costs much less than House of Kolors and lasts many many years, even the flourescents.

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