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06-16-2013 03:29 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Bladebuster

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Read an article about using latex exterior paint to paint models.
Anyone in this forum ever use this type of paint for there helis.
I want to keep it as simple as I can. From what I read, you can use a spray gun, foam brush, or regular brush, with very acceptable results. I am not looking for a professional paint job. Basically I just want to cover my jet ranger with a coat of white. On top of that, I have a set of decals. This will probably be the only model I will ever paint, so I don't want to invest in a lot of equipment.

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06-16-2013 03:35 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Mojave

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Latex house paint is usually used to paint airplane models. If it were me, I would buy some quality rattle can paint and do the heli that way. Then you can lay a nice coat of clear over it and be done.
Barry

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06-16-2013 04:09 PM  5 years agoPost 3
doorman

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+1^
Rckfish turned me on to Dupli-Color auto paint in a rattle can.. it works great and you will be much happier then with house paint...don't know that I would use clear cote over white though. It might turn the white yellow...if using vinyl decals/graphic's you will not need to clear over them...
Just a couple of things to think about..
We have the paint at O'Riely's and Auto Zone

Good Luck and shoot some pic's for us...Stan

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06-16-2013 05:25 PM  5 years agoPost 4
coptercptn

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very important on any fuse is to Clean it well in detergent, Scuff slightly,no shine.(scotchbrites work great). Then get a good primer coat on...(scuff again,)... then paint.

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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06-19-2013 01:13 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Bladebuster

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Thanks for the replies.
Will look into the Dupli-Color paints.

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06-19-2013 01:27 PM  5 years agoPost 6
KevinB

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Just fyi.... I don't see any mention of whether you are talking about a nitro or electric heli. Dupli-color paint is not fuel proof. 30% fuel takes it off quite easily. The lower nitro fuels will soften or take the shine off.

KevinB

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06-19-2013 02:36 PM  5 years agoPost 7
doorman

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GOOD POINT!!!!!!!!!
KevinB, you are 100% correct...
Guess we all just assumed that it was e-powered, most likely since that is what most of us fly now!!!!(I am all epower!!)

You do raise a valid point... I went back and looked and did not see which it is either...

Good Catch...

Stan

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06-19-2013 04:37 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Mojave

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You can always cover it with a fuel proof clear...
Barry

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06-19-2013 11:12 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Zaneman007

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Never heard of fuel proof clear?
You can use 2 part automotive clear coat, but that requires a bit of equipment.

Nitro will eat most paints. At the cost of pre painted canopies, if you want to keep it simple, I'd go that route.

Old Guys Rule!

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06-20-2013 12:33 AM  5 years agoPost 10
airplanejunkie

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Rattle-can two part clear
Yes there is such a product. Push in the plunger to inject the catalyst, shake well and your good to go for 24 hours. $17-20 per can. Works well over duplicolor or any acrylic lacquer. I have used this on nitro models with great results. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses as the shine is really bright. Dave George AMA5129 RW2500

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06-20-2013 04:04 AM  5 years agoPost 11
Zaneman007

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So it's two part clear in a can.

Cool

Old Guys Rule!

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06-20-2013 05:16 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Mojave

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Any 2 part polyurethane clearcote will work. Interesting info on the rattle can version. Who makes it?
Barry

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06-20-2013 11:53 AM  5 years agoPost 13
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06-20-2013 10:32 PM  5 years agoPost 14
JuanRodriguez

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^^

Yes it is....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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06-22-2013 03:03 AM  5 years agoPost 15
Bladebuster

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Sorry for not responding sooner. It's a gasoline helicopter.

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06-22-2013 03:33 PM  5 years agoPost 16
reaper31

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i have done it,was able to match the apache green at a home depot. used exterior paint mix. thinned the paint with windex (probably used the same article as a guide)
down side is that the fuse had to dry about 2 weeks to get all the smell of the latex out so it could be weathered and top coated.
i probably would do it again (but i am not sure how it would go on a gloos type paint job, but definitely for warbirds)

Robbert De Bock

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07-03-2013 12:46 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Ace Dude

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Nice, reaper31, looks great!

  

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07-03-2013 01:15 AM  5 years agoPost 18
doorman

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Good Looking
Very nicely done!!
I am impressed.. just never gave a thought about using house paint..
Thanks for sharing and have fun with your good looking heli
Stan

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