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09-07-2003 05:15 PM  14 years agoPost 1
Branzzz

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I've tried many many different ways and think that due to the constant sparying, sanding and respraying, my canopy is a goner. The hobby shop i bought it from said that it can't be painted, whereas other hobby shops asked me to use primer, then paint then apply clear kote. In the first place, the paint doesn't stick at all. Can someone offer me advice, and on how to conveniently get a layer of clear kote on my raptor canopy?

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09-07-2003 05:26 PM  14 years agoPost 2
Branzzz

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forgot to mention that i'm a student and thus do not have very much cash on hand. i intend to do the paint job myself to keep costs down.

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09-07-2003 05:40 PM  14 years agoPost 3
Hivoltage

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Go to rotorgraphics.com and buy some vinyl stickers for 20 bucks. Look Great, hold up well and way funner to put on than painting!!!!!

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09-07-2003 05:51 PM  14 years agoPost 4
rcrebel

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Also, check out boomstrike.com I just ordered some vinyl graphics from them.....I'm tired of painting canopies.

If you want good instructions how to paint a Rappy canopy, check out http://www.arizonaheli.com There is a section on painting plastic canopies. I basically sand the plastic with 240 grit and get it real rough. Then, I use DuPont Fill n Sand automotive primer for 3 coats. Wetsand it smooth with 400 or 600 grit wet. Apply color coats then clear when satisfied.

Hope that helps....but I've painted about 10 canopies this year for myself and others, and I'd rather fly. So, I went the vinyl decal route this time.

Good Luck!
rcrebel

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09-07-2003 05:53 PM  14 years agoPost 5
Wally

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If intent on painting, I've seen good results from the paint they use on the plastic outdoor furniture. Can't remember the name of it, but it is specifically made for plastics, and at all the hardware stores.

Not too sure of the long-term durability against fuel. Anyone?

The Big Wally

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09-11-2003 06:04 PM  14 years agoPost 6
NERaptor

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Krylon

I believe the paint is called Krylon for Plastic. I have wondered if it would work on the "Bleach Bottle" canopy of the Raptor....never tried it but thought about it.

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09-11-2003 06:52 PM  14 years agoPost 7
s80mac (RIP)

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The stuff you need is called Krylon Fusion available from Walmart. Use this as a base coat then apply colours and finish off with a good automotive clear coat with plenty of flex added. If you look at this post it was done in the same way with great results. Hirobo - Check out the paint on my x-spec.

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09-12-2003 02:30 AM  14 years agoPost 8
600cummins

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KRYLON paint won't stand up to the fuel.

Clare

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09-12-2003 05:01 AM  14 years agoPost 9
s80mac (RIP)

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No it won,t but like I said if you finish it with automotive clear coat it will.

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09-13-2003 12:37 AM  14 years agoPost 10
DKflyer

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Can you use Topflight Lustercoat Clear to fuel-proof the Krylon, or does it have to be an automotive clear coat?

DK

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09-13-2003 04:11 AM  14 years agoPost 11
s80mac (RIP)

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I dont know as I have no experience with that, perhaps someone here does ?

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09-13-2003 04:57 AM  14 years agoPost 12
KevinB

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I've used Lustercoat Crystal Clear over Krylon fusion. Use 3 or 4 very thin clear coats first to seal it and then a wetter one to get a better gloss. If you start right out with a heavy coat of Lustercoat, the Krylon may wrinkle.

Lustercoat will stand up fine to 15% nitro ( which I use ) but if you are running any higher, I'd recommend using a 2-part automotive clear coat. ( the one part 'touch-up' automotive clear coats you buy in a spray can will not stand up to any nitro.... or at least I haven't found one yet that will. )

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09-13-2003 02:43 PM  14 years agoPost 13
Branzzz

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What would the approximate cost of your recipies be? Is it economical?

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09-13-2003 04:09 PM  14 years agoPost 14
KevinB

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Painting isn't cheap.....

If you want the cheapest route, go with the stick on graphics. The trouble with those is they will start peeling after a season or two.

To paint with Fusion/Lustrecoat, I paid about $8 / spraycan for the Fusion. The more colors you want your canopy to be, the more cost you will have. Then the can of clear Lustercoat for the fuelproofing was about $16 I think. All these prices are Canadian. I had a 4 color canopy so it ended up costing about $50 plus tax.......but I have paint left over for the next one. If you run 30% nitro, you will have to get an automotive shop to spray your clearcoat, or you can buy 2-part clear premixed and put in a spraycan at some shops........the catch is you have to use it right away. Either of these options will probably add another $10-20 to your cost.

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09-14-2003 05:35 AM  14 years agoPost 15
KevinB

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Sorry In2helis. I guess we were posting at the same time and didn't see your last one.

Perhaps stick -ons have gotten better. My only experience with them is the ones that come with your heli kit or engine. I guess they probably aren't even vinyl.

I will check out Rotorgraphics for my next plastic canopy. Thanks for the info.

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