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Old 02-03-2018, 02:35 PM
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I'm recovering my Hempel L-4 with Olive drab Solartex and now it's time to repaint the cowl and struts to match.
Got the paint at Home Depot and surprisingly, it's damn near an exact match.
Will be using a Husky detail sprayer.
I'd like to hear your experiences and recommendations, if any. Do you thin with water or windshield fluid or, Do you even need to thin it?
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I've thinned it with plain water. You can use Flotrol which helps it flow a little better. Latex works very well.
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I use both Flotrol and washer fluid . The Flotrol alone provides greater flow out of the paint once its on the surface but doesn't do much for thinning the viscosity to get the paint through the gun in my opinion thus the need for the washer fluid also . Don't over apply the paint . Once sprayed it looks very orange peelish and you might want to spray more on to get that glassy wet look , DONT .... It doesn't lay down smooth like automotive paint on initial application. The Flotrol will level it out as it dries . Apply only the coverage you need and leave it alone .
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I use both Flotrol and washer fluid . The Flotrol alone provides greater flow out of the paint once its on the surface but doesn't do much for thinning the viscosity to get the paint through the gun in my opinion thus the need for the washer fluid also . Don't over apply the paint . Once sprayed it looks very orange peelish and you might want to spray more on to get that glassy wet look , DONT .... It doesn't lay down smooth like automotive paint on initial application. The Flotrol will level it out as it dries . Apply only the coverage you need and leave it alone .
What ratios are you using with the flotrol and windshield fluid?
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It varies with temperature . Below 75f I thin it more but usualy the flotrol w/washer is equal parts to each other
. ie: 1 ounce flotrol / 1 ounce ww fluid to say 6 ounces paint . The paint would be 3:1 mix with the flotrol /washer fluid mix
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Hello,
I know this has been discussed in detail in the past but there has been quite a few different answers.I would like to know if anyone has found a top coat over Behr latex that is glow fuel Proof?I covered the airplane with Sig Koverall,Weldwood Contact cement along the edges and sealed the weave with Minwax polycrylic,Now I would like to paint it with Behr latex and was wondering if anyone even had to top coat the latex to make it Glow Fuel resistant? Hopefully someone on this thread had a similar combination.Any help is greatly appreciated.
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If you want fuel proof paint Sig Dope is in my opinion the best if you can spray in a well ventilated area. Fuel proofing Latex is not absolute , more like mildly fuel resistant if you get the fuel off quickly . Warbird Colors paint is better than normal latex at fuel proofing.
Opinions will vary though .
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Thank You,
It doesnt look like sig has my color.I need
FS 33538 Stearman Yellow
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You can use a few different products to Fuel Proof your latex.
Klass Kote clear is a two part epoxy that would absolutely fuel proof your Latex.
Poly Urethane also works well over Latex.
I don't know it it's 100% glow proof but it should be close.
In fact you could use Klass Kote for the entire plane and not worry about Fuel proofing. I'm pretty sure they have Stearman Yellow as one of their colors.
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Bob,
Ill look into that KlassKote.
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