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Old 07-05-2021, 10:06 AM
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Default Painting fiberglass wheel pants

Over a period of a couple of years, I tried to destroy the wheel pants on my Great Planes RV-4 quarter scale. Not wanting to take the time off from flying, I just epoxied the cracks numerous times.
I have finally decided to repair them and meanwhile fly the plane without them. I believe I have a handle on the repair itself, though if anybody has any great suggestions, l'm interested.
My question, though, is about the paint and primer. Is there a spray paint/brand that is hot fuel proof? Maybe this is a naive question, but I can't find anything on any of the containers that give me an answer.

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Old 07-05-2021, 12:22 PM
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For top coat I have used Rustoleum white epoxy appliance paint. The Rustoleum primes will work.
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For top coat I have used Rustoleum white epoxy appliance paint. The Rustoleum primes will work.
I have had reasonable success with that. I suggest letting it bake outside in the sun for about a week, before actually using it.
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I would just buy new ones. You should be able to find an appropriate size for around $30. IMO better then spending 10 hours of labor and $20 in materials.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/16469864023...Cclp%3A2334524


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Old 07-11-2021, 08:49 AM
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I would just buy new ones. You should be able to find an appropriate size for around $30. IMO better then spending 10 hours of labor and $20 in materials.
I was tempted to try those on eBay, but I was concerned about a size mismatch. They do look essentially identical, though. Sadly, the RV-4 was discontinued years ago, and parts for it seem not to be available.
So I decided to learn a new skill.
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Throw away the ones you have and buy a quality set made from Fiberglass. Fiberglass Master should have something that will work. As far as paint goes, Klass Kote is fuel proof.

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