Pulling the masking and masking and sanding the cowlings

May 17, 2012

So tonight I was pretty excited to pull all the masking off the fuselage and the sheet metal panels. They turned out great beside the rudder which had a good sized run in it so I sanded it smooth to re-shoot it.

After I finish that I got to work on the engine cowling and masked them up in preparation to shoot the white on them. I then sanded them down.

Time spent today 2 hours
Total time spent 1322 hours

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Shooting the White on the fuse, panels, and rudder

May 16, 2012

Tonight I carted the fuse into the paint booth and decided I could paint the fuse, the panels and the rudder all at once. So I did. 2 hours later I was done and the tape lines were pulled. I did put a bit too much paint on the rudder and will have to sand that down and re-paint it the next day. Sorry no pictures of the rudder or panels.

Time spent 2 hours
Total time spent 1320 hours


Re-masking the fuse for the white

May 15, 2012

Tonight I re-taped the trim line between the white and the silver and re-masked the fuselage and panels areas that have silver and slice of blue from where my previous masking stoped. Really tried to lessen my work so that i wouldn’t have to remask everything. After that I sanded down the white areas and cleand the to be painted areas with alcohol. I’ll see if I can get some white sprayed on tomorrow.

Time spent 2 hours
Total Time spent 1318 hours


Shooting the siliver on the fuse

May 14, 2012

Tonight I wanted to get the silver on the fuse in hopes to finish the fuselage this week sometime. Anyway I unloaded the panels and the ladder and rolled the fuse into the booth. It was pre-sanded the other day so I quickly wiped it down again with alcohol and tacked it off. I mixed some paint and got to shooting. 42 minutes later I was done, and about 1 later I started to pull the tapes everything pulled well but what I am learning is you need to be a little more ginger with sanding then I was. Some of the tapes don’t pull super clean but we are talking a very very small amount and it nearly un-noticeable if you don’t know where to look.

Time spent today 2 hours
Total time spent 1316 hours


Masking and painting the panels and rudder

May 13, 2012

Today I spent a good chunk of time masking off the sheet metal panels and prepping the fuselage and panels for the silver mettalic paint. I masked off anything that wasn’t going to get painted and really pressed the 3M 233+ fineline into the surface with a credit card to make sure there would be no bleed through. I then scuff sanded the area to be painted with some 320 sand paper and then gave it a good cleaning with alcohol. I tried to make my life easier by masking off the lines that I was going to paint then bringing the masking paper up to about 1/4 or 1/2 inch of the that line then bridging the gap between so that when I go to pull the tape while wet that I don’t have to mess with paper too that greatly increases the changes of touching the paint and ruining your paint job. As for the sanding, I just sanded with the tape lines intact and tape holds up just fine.

A few words on masking tape. I have both the 3M blue vinyl like electrical tape and the green 3M 233+ fineline tape. I had heard that they make the same sharp line which is awesome since the blue fine line is $11-13 per 35 yard roll where as the 1 inch green tape is only $7 (in town) or (ordered on TCP global $4 per roll but you pay shipping). Both can be sanded on, however the green won’t turn corners as well, but will conform to fairly tight radius if you get the 1/2″ or less. The green is also good for long straight runs as it stays straighter than the blue which will wiggle bad on a long straight run. I tested both on a test panel and as it turns out they do make the same sharp line only if the green is pressed down with a card.

Anyway I loaded the panels and rudder into the booth and shot the silver on to them 30 mintues after I was done I pulled the tapes making sure to “sheer” the line and I was left with a great sharp line! no bleed through. Make sure you wear gloves doing this or you will have paint all over your fingers!

Time spent today 8 hours
Total time spent 1314 hours


Taping lines on the fuselage

May 13, 2012

Thursday night, Friday and Saturday I started taping lines on the fuselage to match my chosen scheme. As some of you can notice that I kinda “borrowed” the scheme from the Wolf Pitts atleast on the fuselage. It just a great scheme but I put my own twist on it color wise. The wings are completly different though. This is the goal:

So to start I had to install the side and kick panels and the engine cowling which takes some time. Anyway to lay out the lines I started with the top line and measured down 3 inches from the longeron at the tail and then marked several points along with way with a small piece of tape. I then started with my 1 inch 3M 233+ fineline tape and strung them along kinda line connect the dots. It got pretty tough at the nose to get the tape to make a curve around the nose of the engine cowling and meet up at the top of the bottom cowling lip. It took a lot of stepping back and forth to get it lay right but it finally did. The second line I marked several locations again this time a the panel breaks and then free formed the tape to meet the small pieces of tape. I wanted to bisect the engine cowling side vent so that was an easy reference point as well. Again getting to conform around the cowling was kinda a bitch but in the end it does what you want it to. The last line was simply rinse and repeat from the other 2 lines. I then moved ove to the other side and repeated the process but measured at each panel section and mirrored it on the other other side. I would say the lines are probably less than a 1/4″ from each other if you could see both a the same time, which you can’t.

After that I installed the rudder and extended the lines on to it. I also taped the lines on the top of the vertical. I then got to work on masking everything off. The load of green tape you see is where I masked off with 1-1/2 inch 233+. I will be painting the silver first since I still waiting on my new batch of white. so as soon as I paint the silver I simply pull the green off and match the silver with another lay of tape and mask off the silver and I am ready to spray white.

Time spent today 12 hours
Total time spent 1306 hours


Top coat on the fuselage and other misc things

April 14, 2012

Today, I worked on the cowlings briefly to sand off the polyester filler I added to the cowling to fill the rivets and other low spots. I then prepped the fuselage for top coat by using compressed air to get the sanding dust off. I then wiped the whole thing down with alcohol and then loaded into the paint booth. I mixed up paint and tacked the fuse off and shot the top coat.

Time spent today 3 hours
Total time spent 1260 hours