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10-20-2004 05:48 PM  13 years agoPost 1
nando v. arnhem

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hi guys,

do anyone knows which paint i need for a fiberglass (raptor) canopy?
i want use the colors yellow and orange.

nando v. arnhem

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10-20-2004 05:58 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Al Magaloff

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Automotive type paints work well. Then automotive clear over color.

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10-20-2004 06:13 PM  13 years agoPost 3
nando v. arnhem

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thanks Al Magaloff

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10-20-2004 09:53 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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be careful before you paint her up. with a fiber glass body they dont normally clean it very well after its out of the mold. there is like a micro thin layer of this wax stuff that you cant really see, but its not going to help your paint stick, use Acetone fiber glass cleaner, then sand it down with 400 grit (wet sand). put a thick coat of primer on. i say thick because you use the paint to fill in the pin holes, if you dont know what i'm talking about, you will see them when you put the primer on. when the primer has fully set, wetsand it all down nice and smooth with the 400, and put a second coat of primer on. wetsand it again but with 600 grit. also if you want to ensure the paint sticks real well. i very gently and quickly wipe the last primer coat with the acetone to make it a little tacky.
after you paint on your colors with automotive paint, put on a good layer of primer, 4-5 layers is lots. you need that much because the nitro fuel is hard on it. after a couple weeks of letting it fully set, a wax job is a good idea for further protection, also makes it look nice.

these are the directions i used for my canopy's, and they came out flawless. i know there are lots of different ways of doing it, but this worked for me. you can use body filler to do the pin holes initially, but the lazy fast way/just as effective is to just use the primer coat to fill them in.

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