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02-09-2008 05:40 PM  10 years agoPost 1
helidude2

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hi i was wondering if anyone had some tips on painting canopies because i was recently in a crash and i noticed how cheep they are unpainted and i`ve always wanted a costome canopy. Thx

chase
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02-09-2008 05:47 PM  10 years agoPost 2
helidude2

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o and were could i get pait from

chase
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02-09-2008 06:33 PM  10 years agoPost 3
JRjoe

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My first tip is to use Google

Look here:http://www.myhelicopters.com/painting_canopies.htm


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02-09-2008 06:41 PM  10 years agoPost 4
bagobitz

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1... do a search! there have been loads of recent threads on this subject!

2.... Fibreglass will have an invisible film of mould-release coating it. hot dish-washing detergent and a Scitchbrite scrubbing -pad is the way to clean it....rinse thoroughly,wear vinyl or latex gloves to handle the dry canopy.

rattle-cans are a cheap intro. to painting (car accessory shops or hardware stores) be sure to practise "swinging " the can in even strokes ,keeping it square and an even distance from the surface....many fine coats are wanted....trigger the canas you spray....start stroke to one side of "target"-swing, press button as it gets to target.....release as stroke passes target...repeat , either by reversing swing, or go back to start...aim for each pass to overlap the previous one by about 1/3the width

DON'T wiggle it around in little circles!...it's NOT air-freshner or fly-killer!

Allow to dry thoroughly between coats...if flatting is needed, it should be at least 24 hours after the last coat(assuming a warm atmosphere).

Preparation and cleanliness are paramount.

after painting, to protect the finish, rattlecan clearcoat is OK for electrics but Nitro's will need a 2-pack clearcoat....the easiest way is to find an auto-body shop and ask them to fit it in with their next clear-job (will probably cost $10-$20,cash in hand!)

hope this gives you some idea...there's more to it than this brief outline,but as I said....search! (top of page, "canopy painting" should give you a few nights' reading, the skill takes a few years, though! )

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02-28-2008 02:06 AM  10 years agoPost 5
helidude2

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ok

chase
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02-28-2008 02:17 AM  10 years agoPost 6
lugnutz

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try acehelis he is a great guy to deal with and really paints some really nice canopies.

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02-28-2008 02:25 AM  10 years agoPost 7
fla heli boy

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my experience......
actually pretty easy. Just use light, fast coats. 3 or 4 light coats is much better that 1 or 2 heavy. Stay away from white. White looks good, but if you do decals, etc, you'll want to clear coat it. Problem is that unless you use an automotive clear (has to be compatible paint), the white will turn piss yellow. I went with bright/dark colors and that way the yellowing didn't show. I love white, but getting the clear right is a bit.ch

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