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10-14-2005 05:07 PM  12 years agoPost 1
alcastan

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Hi, anyone here that has some pictures, and methods for painting a stock plastic canopy?

Show everyone your DaVinci inside!!!

Alejandro

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10-14-2005 05:16 PM  12 years agoPost 2
Ice Man 1

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Go to http://www.raptortechniqe.com, they have a section on it.

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10-14-2005 05:46 PM  12 years agoPost 3
RobRoy

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A simple search would have given you all the info you need, but here is what I do. See my gallery for results.
1. Scuff sand the entire canopy with 400 grit wet/dry.
2. Wash with dish soap, rince well let dry.
3. Apply two light coats of Bulldog adhesion promoter(can be purchased at WallMart).
4. Apply two coats of krylon fusion primer.
5. Wet sand with 600 grit, to a smooth finish.
6. Wash, rince, and let dry.
7. Apply one coat of primer and smooth sand with 800/1000 grit.
8. Wash, rince, and let dry.
9. Apply color coat.
10. Apply two part automotive clear bumper coat.

Hope this helps.

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10-14-2005 06:35 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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dont sand the canopy,it will get stringy and require a lot of extra work to smooth it out. Just clean it real good with a degreaser,dewaxer and spray some plastic adhesive promoter,Bulldog or NAPA has some.
Then spray the color then clear coat.

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10-14-2005 06:49 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Steve_JR

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yeah you will regret sanding the plastic fantastic stock canopies... hell I would just not bother painting at all. It will peal very fast no matter what. -Steve

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10-14-2005 06:59 PM  12 years agoPost 6
alcastan

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Thank you guys, great info!!, I did the simple search, but I was looking for something different, and I think I found it,

And SteveJR, if I want to paint it, it´s because I don´t want to have another heli that looks the same as all!!

Thanks,
Alejandro

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10-14-2005 07:54 PM  12 years agoPost 7
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mine has been holding up very good,even bending and flexing a lot to get the canopy off and on. i take the canopy off and on everytime i fly at the beginng and end of the day. the NAPA adhesive promoter works very well,i even painted the plastic fins and paddles with it. The adhesion promoter sticks to the canopy and the paint sticks to the promoter. I used to use RC car paint but this works much better.

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10-14-2005 08:09 PM  12 years agoPost 8
RobRoy

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One of mine has fallen from a hight of 4 feet into sharp edged gravel, did more damage to the heli mechanics than the canopy. I stand by the sanding, the paint just refuses to let go this way.


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10-14-2005 08:29 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Taipan

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I used this method from Arizona Heli; http://www.arizonaheli.com/painting...ic_canopies.htm

Never again! Too much bloody work. Much easier to sent F/G canopies off for painting & looks better.

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10-15-2005 01:43 AM  12 years agoPost 10
jackheli

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The trick is to wash the canopy thoroughly with a degreaser, scrape it and then flash-torch it to get rid of the moulding compound.

After that you need a plastic paint promoter layer before the primmer.

I am using Createx water-based automotive paint. No smell and no mess.

You can check them out at http://www.createxcolors.com/index2.htm or http://www.autoaircolors.com/

After the paint job is done I put a thick coat of D-76 or D-92 automotive three part clearcoat to give a "wet" appearance.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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