My Wooden Airplane
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9/26/2015 - 12/4/2015

Seal, Prime, and Paint Fuselage

Well, since I'm sure you can imagine what the fuselage would look like sealed and primed, I got lazy and didn't bother taking any pictures of those intermediate steps. (I intended to, honest!) Sealing and priming went pretty much the same as the rest of the project. Since this was the first time applying the top coat, however, there was another steep learning curve involved. First and foremost, I needed more light. Even though I installed several more flourescent shop lights around the edges of the garage, it still wasn't enough. Second, there's a very fine line between spraying enough paint so that it flows (and avoids that nasty "orange peel" look), but not so much paint that it runs and sags. It's MUCH easier spraying a part that is laying completely flat and horizontal rather one that is vertical, or even one that has curves in it (like the bottom of the fuselage). Third, while it's theoretically possible to color-sand the top coat (according to the factory), it's very difficult to do on fabric, because it just moves out of the way whenever you try to sand it. So unfortunately, this has become somewhat of a "10 foot" paint job, meaning it looks okay as long as you stay 10 or more feet away from it.

Once the fuselage was painted, I decided to move it down to the hangar so I'd have room in the garage to paint the wings without getting any overspray on the fuselage. Here it is, just arrived at it's new home!

Total Time: 166.25 hrs.