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HelicopterBlades and Night Flying › Canopy painting
11-30-2005 09:47 PM  12 years agoPost 1
DOKEY

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Looking for suggestions on what would be the best paint to use, for spraying on to fiberglass canopies ?
Also what primer would you suggest, and also a good clear coat ?

Will be using an iwata air gun (?), not sure which one to go for as yet, so any suggestion there would also be very appreciated.

Have had a little play with spraying RC cars before but that I suppose that has a little different technique, and the paint is not open to as many elements as an ic heli


Not a good picture by any means


Thanks.

Ryan.

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11-30-2005 10:52 PM  12 years agoPost 2
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Dokey,

There's many options when it comes to spraying, but since your investing in an airbrush (I use an Iwata HP-C for base, and an Eclipse G-6 for priming and clear) you can use pretty much any automotive paint, but you'll have some killer fumes to deal with. House of Kolor and PPG have some great products, but their super pricey if your not doing 30 canopies a month. I would suggest a water base such as autoair by createx and use a inexpensive urethane clear topcoat. The water/solvent combination takes a while to get used to but is cheaper and safer since you'll only be spraying a solvent clearcoat. check out autoair. com (i think thats correct). You most likely wont be able to shoot urethane clear out your small airbrush though, unless you REALLY thin it out but then you may lose some gloss or other issues if you thin it too much. You could just grab a automotive spray can for the clear I suppose. The Iwata HP-C is very versatile. Also, grab a compressor that has a air reserve tank to avoid rippling or pulsation of the paint. I use a Iwata power jet pro and it powers the G-6 just fine.
-Rob

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12-01-2005 08:19 PM  12 years agoPost 3
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Thanks Rob

Ryan.

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