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12-07-2004 04:05 AM  13 years agoPost 1
BC Don

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OK, did some testing with paint and preparation as follows:

This is a section of Canopy that I cut out and the did some stuff with as follows:
1. - No treatment.
2. - Sprayed on Surface Primer only.
3. - Sanded with Steel Wool.
4. - Sanded and Surface Primer.
5. - Flashed, Sanded.
6. - Flashed, Sanded, Surface Primer.
7. - Flashed.
8. - Flashed, Surface Primer.

Canopy was twisted a whole bunch and then thrown onto concrete a 1/2 dozen times.

Surface Primer is "Moto Master Non-Metal Surface Primer (2 coats), for plastic and fiberglass body parts, formulated for flexible body parts".

Paint is Duplicolor, 3 coats yellow and 3 coats purple. Paint is "MetalCast which is supposed to work on Shiny Bare Metal" - it's crap don't use it.

Tried to do my actual canopy by flashing, priming and painting. Used Duplicolor auto spray. However, in testing the best paint I've found is for Gas Model Cars - sticks better.

Conclusion: "FLASH" it, then a couple of coats of Surface Primer (leaves a better finish), then paint. We'll see how the Duplicolor holds up.

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12-07-2004 03:55 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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Hi
I know this is going to be a bumb ?
But what does flashed mean
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12-07-2004 04:53 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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"Flashed" means that you've hit the material with an open flame. Use any torch. What it does is heat up the material quickly and "flash off" any surface chemicals. If done properly it lets the paint adhere. Of course if you leave the heat on too long the plastic starts to melt . I generally get the surface warm enough that I need one layer of cloth to hold on otherwise it is a bit too hot to hold by hand.

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12-07-2004 06:36 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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Thanks Don
I guess you do learn something new every day
I generly use a compatible thinner or solvent to clean & prep before painting
I will give flashing a try on my next project
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12-07-2004 07:33 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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After Flashing I clean with alcohol (rubbing alcohol).

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