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11-12-2014 04:12 PM  3 years agoPost 1
MarkH

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I'm starting my next project, a Starwood Lama, and have a painting question. Some of you probably already know that the tail lattice comes powedercoated in white. The heli I want to replicate requires a different color.

I took it to a local powder coating shop and they said in order to powder coat it in a different color, the white would need to be bead blasted off first. They felt the structure was to delicate for that and wouldn't touch it.

So, for any of you who may have done this before, what worked? I've read about sanding it down with 220-320 grit wet/dry or scotch bright pads and then painting but those were just general procedures. I'm concerned about how well the paint will cover evenly given the uniqueness of the lattice.

Thanks in advance.

Mark

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11-12-2014 04:29 PM  3 years agoPost 2
Mojave

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I'm surprised that they won't strip a small section to attach the ground lead and just powdercote over the existing paint. Anyway, I'd use aircraft paint stripper on it. It's the stuff in a can, you brush it on. Be careful, it WILL burn your skin and give you blisters. Make sure you wear eye protection too.
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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11-12-2014 05:50 PM  3 years agoPost 3
garyl

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You could buy this sand blaster and some fine sand, provided you have an air compressor. http://www.eastwood.com/speed-blast...ed-blaster.html

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11-12-2014 07:14 PM  3 years agoPost 4
R.J.

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Hi Mark,

My Starwood Lama tail is orange with yellow tailguard. I think I just scuffed mine a bit and then painted with a Rustoleum spray can.

Regards,
Rick

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11-12-2014 08:41 PM  3 years agoPost 5
ssmith512

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http://www.columbiacoatings.com/store/p/5318-Rapid-Strip-Liquid-1-Gal.aspx
Not quite as nasty as the REALLY good chemical strippers. I personally have never used this product, but I have heard good things about it. There are lots of chemical strippers out there, but be careful with some of the chemical strippers, some, in addition to removing the powder coat, will etch the aluminum.

Steve

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11-12-2014 09:22 PM  3 years agoPost 6
Mojave

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^^^^Which brings me to another valid point^^^^ If you strip it to bare metal and the tail lattice is aluminum, you will have to use a self etching primer if you want the paint to stick properly. Otherwise it will chip and peel later on down the road.
Barry

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11-12-2014 09:49 PM  3 years agoPost 7
chopper37

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On Mine i used a red scotch brite pad and rustoleum rattle can no issues

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11-12-2014 10:02 PM  3 years agoPost 8
MarkH

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Well I might just go with the scotch bright pad and rattlecan method. At least that way I won't have to worry about matching the paint color for the rest.

Rick,
I don't know if you remember, but I talked to you a bunch at HSM about yours. I appreciate the info you provided.

Now I just hope I don't jack up this nice looking tail.

I appreciate all the responses.

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11-12-2014 10:34 PM  3 years agoPost 9
R.J.

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Hi Mark,

Yes, I remember your German. Let me know if you have other questions.

Regards,
Rick

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