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03-16-2003 06:11 PM  14 years agoPost 1
Lift

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Guys/Gals,
I have been playing around with the spray guns lately and wanted you opinions. I shot these two canopies this weekend and thought I would seek some input( both positive/negative please!).

I'm sticking to fades right now because they are simple, easy to correct, and fun to do. I will attempt some graphics on my Predator Max canopy later this year.

Check my gallery......

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03-16-2003 07:15 PM  14 years agoPost 2
corey11

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they look good. only thing i can suggest is a air brush! things will come out 10 times better. and its not the hardest thing to do either. if you already have a compressor, make sure it goes down to 25 psi. youll spend around 150 bucks for a good setup. but its worth it

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03-17-2003 07:53 AM  14 years agoPost 3
jimmyhua

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I like the left one better.

Jimmy

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03-17-2003 03:50 PM  14 years agoPost 4
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Corey,
Yeah, I have the Iwata HP-C on the wish list. It would have been nice to have but with my HVLP detail gun I can REALLY fade it pretty good. These pics don't show the level of atomization. The one close-up that is in my gallery is not the best fade. Actually, the orange bottom one has the best fade. But, an airbush would be nice it's just that for a basic fade they are to small to get a good smooth coat. I shot the clear and colors with the HVLP detail gun.

Jimmy,
The left one with the red looks better in the pics but in person they both look equally as nice. Actually, my wife told me to paint them both with the red but I wanted to experiment. When I got done she said she couldn't decide which one looks better. The problem is the camera can't handle the hue of the orange. It's just way to bright.

I got alot to learn here. The PPG clear didn't flow out glass slick and the fade could have been better. But, these two canopies have the paint stuck on real good, with a nice shine, and totally fuel proof.

Painting is fun.....

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03-17-2003 05:24 PM  14 years agoPost 5
Trace

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Payton,

They both look great. I vote for the red and yellow fade. You still get an orange looking transition as the colors show through each other, with a little more differential in the color scheme. Great Job!!

Trace

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03-17-2003 05:41 PM  14 years agoPost 6
Indrid

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i like the left one as well. the red stands out more

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03-17-2003 05:56 PM  14 years agoPost 7
Lift

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03-19-2003 03:44 AM  14 years agoPost 8
ThBrtmn

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Ok Payton,
You taking orders? I would like mine with....

~BART~

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03-19-2003 04:10 PM  14 years agoPost 9
DanK

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While where on the subject Any special prep needed to paint a hawk sport canopy IM just going to use can spray paint like monocoat .Im a beginer dont need nothing fancy Thanks Dan
I like the one on the left too

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03-19-2003 05:28 PM  14 years agoPost 10
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Bart,
Thanks!! The red one was painted for friend and I plan on doing some of that in the future. Nothing major.....just painting for myself and friends. I spent alot of $$ getting the equipment so it would be a waste to not help fellow modelers out on occasion.

I am pretty busy right now with other projects but I can hook you up sometime. Check back with me in a month or so.

Dank,
Check out the tips at http://www.canopyfx.com or http://www.arizonaheli.com.

Basically you need to scuff that dull shine off the plastic with some 220 grit paper. Then, spray some adhesion promotor on followed by a flexable primer. Then, you sand the primer coat with 400 and prime again. If it's not a smooth surface you then sand with 600 and prime again. At this point you should have good smooth surface to spray your base coats. Just be sure to leave no area of the canopy unsanded and that includes the edges.

If you are gonna use spray cans be sure to use all the same paint line. Shoot a white base coat first to make sure your colors come out bright. Follow the instruction regarding coats and dry time. Don't try to spray different colors until the prior color has completely cured. After you have all the base colors done let the canopy sit for a few days in a nice dry room(i.e air conditioned room). Then take the canopy down to a body shop and ask them to shoot some clear coat over it. You will be good to go! Sounds like alot of work but it's not really. Just buy another canopy so you can fly your heli while the painting project continues. From start to finish it will take you at least 5-7 days depending on # of colors spayed because you have to budget in dry times.

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03-19-2003 05:45 PM  14 years agoPost 11
jheli

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Looks good. What brand and type of paint/clear coat did you use?

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03-19-2003 07:06 PM  14 years agoPost 12
Lift

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jheli,
I used House of Kolor(HOK) "Shimrin Neons" for the base coats and PPG Omni AU for the clear:

But, to be honest you can do it all with HOK. They have a good system for the whole project from adhesion promoter all the way to the clear final coat.

Check my gallery for some pics taken during the process. Nothing special, just some shots. I like the orange one better but the pics don't show it very well.

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03-19-2003 09:18 PM  14 years agoPost 13
DanK

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Thanks LIFT That helped me alot. Painting is allways a lot of work no matter what you paint

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03-21-2003 05:26 PM  14 years agoPost 14
jheli

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Thanks for the tips. What size compressor is that?

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03-21-2003 05:45 PM  14 years agoPost 15
Lift

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Jheli,
That's not the compressor I use for painting. The one you see is a little 3 gallon compressor good for hobby use and airbrushing. I use a Cambell Hausfeld 25 gal 5.5 hp for this stuff.

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