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Old 03-29-2007, 08:02 PM
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Default Is Krylon "clear coat" gasoline fuel proof?

I have painted my warbird with flat latex, and gasoline had marred the surface where a small spill occurred. Will Krylon "clear coat" protect sufficiently against the occasional gasoline spill?
And then too, will it protect against glow fuel, with up to 15% nitro content?
If Krylon won't give the desired protection....what will?
Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Old 03-29-2007, 08:10 PM
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Default RE: Is Krylon "clear coat" gasoline fuel proof?

From my experience the short answer is no. It is pretty easy to get of with denatured alcohol after it turns gummy though.

(Edit) Humm...thinking about it it may be Rust-Oleum clear enamel that I used. Fuel "resistant" is the best you'll find in a spray can though.
Old 03-29-2007, 08:36 PM
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Default RE: Is Krylon "clear coat" gasoline fuel proof?

The operative word being OCCASIONAL, I'd say Krylon would help protect latex from getting gummy from contact with gasoline. Better yet would be some of the automotive clearcoats that are available at Pep Boys, Auto Zone, etc . But even those will get dulled after a lot of "unwiped" drippings and leaks. This is for gasoline, right?, and not methanol. Neither of these are fuelPROOF, but may resist glow fuel to some degree.

I've tried Rustoleum, Krylon, Valspar and Duplicolor (which is an automotive paint) and they do fine with gasoline, but don't last terribly well with glow fuel. what I found works great with all the above, though, is Top Flite LustreKote. It's an acrylic lacquer, dries fast, comes in a flat (actually more of a matte) finish as well as gloss, and glow fuel won't touch it. I've clearcoated all my glow planes with it, the oldest being over three years, and the finish is still like new, even where it gets direct spray from the exhaust. I'm sure there are others out there that do as well, but I tend to stay with what works for me. Some have written that LustreKote doesn't work well for them; I have had cans that would spit a little, but I find that as long as they are well shaken and the cans aren't cold (<60 degrees), the stuff works great.
Old 03-29-2007, 09:42 PM
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Default RE: Is Krylon "clear coat" gasoline fuel proof?

I have found Lustrecoat to have the most aggressive formulations on earth. They are apparently incompatible with anything I have ever tried them with. I will have to try them on a test panel before putting it on the real bird!
Thanks for the info.
CJ

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