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01-08-2013 08:17 PM  7 years ago
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cswann821

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Painting rotors good or bad idea ?
Hey everyone , I wanted to paint my maverick carbon fiber rotors blades to match my heli . Any unforeseen issues with doing this ? Any spray paint types I should stick with ?
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01-08-2013 08:23 PM  7 years ago
Steff Giguere

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If you do make sure to re-balance cord wise and span wise plus try to get the CG back to where it was when you bought the blades.Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team
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01-08-2013 08:29 PM  7 years ago
donnie170

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I have painted several sets in the past. Just be sure to check the balance.

Donnie
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01-08-2013 08:42 PM  7 years ago
WrenFlyer

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I've a actually made a 3 blade and 5 blade set from standard blades using the paint to balance them.Mr. Haney
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01-08-2013 09:20 PM  7 years ago
Copter Doctor

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no problem with painting. if you can spray them evenly by laying them all close to each other and having the spray gun/can at laeast a foot away, they will remain close in balance requiring little effort to get back in balance. like mentioned above, i like to spray the lighter blade (mounted on the balancer makes life easier and do it outside or in a shop with proper ventilation) til it is balanced.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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01-08-2013 09:31 PM  7 years ago
darren heaver

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Painted some blades tips last year and had to give them a few coats to get the coverage. Then checked the balance after and could not believe how much difference a couple of coats extra one one blade made so make sure you do check them after

Darren.
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01-08-2013 10:24 PM  7 years ago
doorman

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+1 On Painting
I have done several sets and did recheck the balance on each set and had no problems at all..

I usually use a 3m green fiber pad on top and bottom.. just lightly and then wipe them down with alcohol prior to putting the paint on them.. once wiped down, do not touch the surface to be painted with your finger.. they will leave a finger print that looks awful in your paint!!!

The paint that a good flying buddy told me about has become my favorite for this is Dupli-color acrylic Enamal..
I was able to find all the colors I needed at Auto Zone or O'Riely's... it has a different type tip them most that really works well...

Take your time and you will have a nice looking set of blades in no time!!!!

Good Luck... Stan
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01-09-2013 12:58 AM  7 years ago
Super-Hornet

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I painted all my scale heli blades (range from 450 size to 500).

One thing good about spray painting your blades is that, u can actually use it to increase the weight of the blades in order to balance it.

Take example, blade A is heavier than blade B. U find the CG of those 2 blades. Then u spray paint on both blades to the color u want. Get the CG again. Lets say blade A still heavier than B. So, u spray paint B with clear coat laquer till the blade B is the same weight as A.

This will save u from the "unscalefulness" of weight tapes u normally use for balancing
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01-09-2013 01:39 AM  7 years ago
Hoverup

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Super-Hornet, good to see you post. Happy New year to you and yours.Cheers - Boyd
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01-09-2013 01:57 AM  7 years ago
Super-Hornet

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Thanks Hoverup...and Happy New Year to u too and yours as well.

Well.. Being busy in the end of 2012. Now got time to build my EC145/UH-72A
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01-09-2013 04:11 PM  7 years ago
coptercptn

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I usually get the colors on the blades first..then use a clear (flat,satin, or gloss) to seal and balance them. This way if you need a little weight on one end or the other it is easy and doesn't effect your scheme...Home of the "Sea Cobra".....
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01-09-2013 08:22 PM  7 years ago
JasonJ

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I painted the blades for my little scaler and use the paint to balance. Have to be the best balanced blades I have ever had. Mine were easy though, I painted them flat black.
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01-09-2013 10:31 PM  7 years ago
doorman

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Painting Tip...
If you are going to do the blades in a base color with stipes on them here is a little trick that works really well..
Prep and spray your blades in the base color and let them dry for a couple of days... then mask off the area that you want to stripe.. after taping is complete, spray a light coat of the same base color.. this will stop any ugly paint lines... after that is dry go ahead and add your stipes...
Then as suggested, you can use clear coat to final the blades and get them in balance..
You will be surprised how close you can keep the weight by doing as Copter Doctor suggested and paint the blades one in front of the other so that you can try to apply the same amount of spray to each... after a few sets, you will be getting them very close to the same..

Have fun and let us know how it works out for you...

Stan
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