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Aircraft Painting 101

Aircraft Painting 101

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  • Author: Sam James; James Aircraft
  • Time: 113 minutes

With great detail and 36 years of experience, Sam James takes the kitplane builder through the complete process of preparing, priming, and painting a metal (Vans RV-4) kitplane along with its various fiberglass components. Included is the complete process of building a ventilated paint booth, setting up your equipment, cleaning and etching of surfaces, priming and painting of a metal wing, a fiberglass wheel pant, and detailed custom design on a horizontal stabilizer using the Dupont Veriprime and Chromabase systems

Please note that this video is not very finely produced. But the vast amount of practical information it contains more than makes up for it.

The Topics Include:

  • The Construction of an Economical Paint Booth
  • Preparation and Sanding
  • Filling Pin Holes
  • Light Filling Eliminating Low Spots
  • Flushing Rivet Heads
  • Respirators and Eye Protection
  • Choosing Color Schemes
  • Mixing Materials
  • Use of a Spray Gun
  • Final Cleaning, Acid Etch, Alodine
  • Priming
  • Base Coat Prep
  • Spraying the Base Coat
  • Masking for Stripes and Other Designs
  • Spraying the Clear Coat
  • Alternative Materials for Painting Fiberglass Parts

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