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Old 06-25-2016, 08:42 PM
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Has anyone ever had luck painting MonoKote with acrylic airbrush paint?
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I have used this on other projects but not on Monokote but Duplicolor makes a clear adhesion promotor for painting plastics. Might help.
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Thanks! The Duplicolor web page says it is for enamel and laquer, but I would guess it would work with acrylic paint too. I will give it a try. Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by JeffT
Has anyone ever had luck painting MonoKote with acrylic airbrush paint?
Sanded covering with 440, primer was rattle can Rustoleum auto primer, then Behr Latex with an airbrush

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:06 PM
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Is the monokote over solid balsa? Wondering what it would do on open framework.
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At one time Monocote was available in clear, which had a somewhat frosted surface to provide a "tooth" for the paint to adhere to. I used it once with good results.
Hope this helps.
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Jeff, what you thinking of painting?
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Originally Posted by gratter
Is the monokote over solid balsa? Wondering what it would do on open framework.
The fuse is fiberglass, but the wing has open framework, latex is pretty flexible, seems to expand and tighten up with the covering just fine out in the sun.
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Originally Posted by tailskid
Jeff, what you thinking of painting?
I want to paint some graphics on a Great Planes UltraSport, and stripes on a Goldberg Eagle 2, both covered in MonoKote. I have a lot of Createx and AutoAir acrylic paint that I have been using on rockets for a while.
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Originally Posted by JeffT
I want to paint some graphics on a Great Planes UltraSport, and stripes on a Goldberg Eagle 2, both covered in MonoKote. I have a lot of Createx and AutoAir acrylic paint that I have been using on rockets for a while.
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Wondering if anyone has specifically painted monocote successfully. I have a great planes super Stearman which has white monocote with red stripe details as per factory. I want to PAINT not recover the fuse to USAAF deep navy blue to mimic the Military PT-17 as my dad was USAAF in WW-2. Any firsthand experience with this? Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Hyjinx
Hey contributors
Wondering if anyone has specifically painted monocote successfully. I have a great planes super Stearman which has white monocote with red stripe details as per factory. I want to PAINT not recover the fuse to USAAF deep navy blue to mimic the Military PT-17 as my dad was USAAF in WW-2. Any firsthand experience with this? Thanks in advance.
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It's been a long while since I last painted Monokote but one of the important things was getting it really clean. Lightly scuffing with very fine sandpaper helps but it also seemed to help if it was wiped down with cleaner/degreaser fir automotive paints. Iron on coverings seem to often have some sort of lubricant or other contamination from the manufacturing process. Once it is clean, wear rubber glove and don't get fingerprints on the covering. I presume this will be an electric powered plane since there was no mention of fuel proofing. If the surface is prepped the paint should stick as well to Monokote as any other plastic.
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Iíve painted over Monokote once. Didnít work out too badly. The paint held up fine and I could even tighten up the Monokote when required. That said, I prepped the surface with 800 grit and wiped with acetone. Then the paints used were DuPont Chromabase/clear.
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Originally Posted by mgnostic
It's been a long while since I last painted Monokote but one of the important things was getting it really clean. Lightly scuffing with very fine sandpaper helps but it also seemed to help if it was wiped down with cleaner/degreaser fir automotive paints. Iron on coverings seem to often have some sort of lubricant or other contamination from the manufacturing process. Once it is clean, wear rubber glove and don't get fingerprints on the covering. I presume this will be an electric powered plane since there was no mention of fuel proofing. If the surface is prepped the paint should stick as well to Monokote as any other plastic.
Thank you for the response. It will have a radial nitro engine. (Most of my planes are radials running gas or nitro) pretty judicious about not letting the fuels get away from the tanks and exhaust for ending up on the fuselage's.
Thanks for the helpful writing!
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Originally Posted by speedracerntrixie
Iíve painted over Monokote once. Didnít work out too badly. The paint held up fine and I could even tighten up the Monokote when required. That said, I prepped the surface with 800 grit and wiped with acetone. Then the paints used were DuPont Chromabase/clear.
Thanks also. Really appreciate you folks chiming in. Sounds like an acrylic laquer or automotive urethane.
I have a BUSA 1/3 scale painted with auto urethane that holds up well to gas, but it is covered with orocote. Monocote is a whole different deal. No one at my club has had good results, but you know how that is. Usually those with bad experiences are the most vocal. Lol.
Thanks again
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Originally Posted by Hyjinx
Thanks also. Really appreciate you folks chiming in. Sounds like an acrylic laquer or automotive urethane.
I have a BUSA 1/3 scale painted with auto urethane that holds up well to gas, but it is covered with orocote. Monocote is a whole different deal. No one at my club has had good results, but you know how that is. Usually those with bad experiences are the most vocal. Lol.
Thanks again
Aaron-
Monocote application is a skill like any other in our hobby. I know a couple of fellows whose skill with it is truly professional grade. Me, not so much. I get by but I prefer Koverall. Apparently Monocote got reformulated a couple of times and there are those who swear by one vintage or another.

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