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08-14-2013 10:51 PM  7 years ago
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coop

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Paint faded on canopy
I have a canopy that the paint has faded out on from being in the sun. It had bright orange and yellow stripes, they have all faded to pale yellow to almost white. The blue that was on the windshield didn't fade at all. I haven't contacted the painter yet to ask him what might have happened, but I'm guessing it was painted with some kind of water based/latex paint. Has anybody else had this happen?

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08-14-2013 11:44 PM  7 years ago
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Yes, the sun is brutal on the paint jobs! I try to keep my helis under the table in the shade when Im at the field and waiting to fly.Bill Whittaker
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08-14-2013 11:51 PM  7 years ago
coop

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Funny thing though is of all the other canopys I've had painted, this is the 1st one that has ever faded, and it happened over a 2 week time frame.

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08-15-2013 12:03 AM  7 years ago
wrongler

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Maybe it spent more time in the sun than the others.Bill Whittaker
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08-15-2013 12:29 AM  7 years ago
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I want to hear what you find out. The typical clear coat should protect any paint from UV light. At least for longer than two weeks. I wonder if this was heat related fading instead.
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08-15-2013 12:46 AM  7 years ago
rocket_33

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If they were painted with Neon colors there is your answer there. With neons you want them exposed to the sunlight as little as possible otherwise they do exactly what you describe.

Neons look cool but don't last long even with the clear coat. I worked on a race team that the sponsors primary colors were neons and the cars had to be painted prior to every race because of the fading
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08-15-2013 01:32 AM  7 years ago
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I was thinking about that too. When I was painting with phosphorescent paint, the clear would dull the effect. I tried looking for a non-UV-protective clear coat, but never found one.
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08-15-2013 03:13 AM  7 years ago
coop

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Interesting about the neon colors, I didn't have this canopy painted, it came on the Gasser when I bought it. It could have been neon, it was very bright. Also, the dark blue on the windshield area didn't fade at all. It might explain why the heli on the left, which has been painted for 8 years didn't fade even though both helis have been riding around in the back of the car together all summer. I guess I'll have to have the wife sew me a couple of slip on canopy covers for them. That picture was taken about a month ago, no fading at that point.

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08-19-2013 06:26 AM  7 years ago
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Neon Colors
Hi. I am the painter of that canopy, AceHelis, and those are neon colors. The neon orange and neon yellow are the two most popular colors for canopies these days. If kept out of the direct sunlight those colors will hold up for quite a while. In 8 years of painting I have never seen a canopy fade like that in that short of time. It is strange that the original owner I painted that for did not have it fade on him. I am confident enough in the colors that I have even painted my personal motorcycle those exact colors. I just know that I cant leave it out in the direct sunlight for long periods of time.

Did he crash? Dang, I missed it!
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08-19-2013 05:26 PM  7 years ago
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I am a automotive painter by trade. The neon dies will not hold up to UV exposure.
This is usually exacerbated by using a cheaper clear coat with less than adequate UV protection.

Even the most expensive clear coat will not protect the dies in fluorescent and candy colors for very long.
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08-29-2013 12:02 PM  7 years ago
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I'm sure happy I read this thread...guess I'll not use the flourescent yellow I got for the tail fin
Thanks guys!!!
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08-29-2013 11:54 PM  7 years ago
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No.. You should use the flourescent yellow, if that's what you want. Having it fade quickly doesn't happen to everybody. And if you give it a good clear coat, and keep it out of the sun when you're not flying, you can get a few years out of it.
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09-19-2013 09:31 PM  7 years ago
Aces

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All good again

Now just keep it out of prolonged sun exposure
Did he crash? Dang, I missed it!
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09-20-2013 01:03 AM  7 years ago
coop

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Yes, it looks great again, Thanks. Scott did a great job and turn around was fast, if any of you guys need painting done, give Scott a try.

I will be more careful about letting it sit in the sun from now on.

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10-30-2013 02:44 PM  7 years ago
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FWIW - When I used to paint canopies, what I would do is tint my white basecoat with some of the neon color that was to be sprayed and then spray the neon color over it. I don't remember where I read about it (I think it was a House of Kolor spec sheet) but it is supposed to help with the fade. I've seen some of the canopies that I have painted years ago and they seem to be holding up pretty well.

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