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View Poll Results: Who painted your aircraft
Unpainted 19 8.64%
Myself 85 38.64%
Professional painter (non aviation shop) 30 13.64%
Pro painter aviation shop 86 39.09%
Voters: 220. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:06 PM
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I flipped all seven pages on RV painting here on VAF. All 7 of them first dated 2005 do not have a poll. I would like to have general idea how many painted their aicraft themselves and how many outsourced to a pro. Comment if you wish.


1. Unpainted
2. Painted myself
3. Painted by a pro (non aviation shop)
4. Painted by a pro (aviation)
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:34 PM
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A friend who really knows what he's doing offered to teach me how to paint Stella. A few things became obvious very quickly:

1. you need a very clean, very well lit environment
2. you need practise
3. you need talent

I had none of the above
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:53 PM
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Researched it to death. Watched vids, looking into all the diff paints, stewart system etc etc. Talked to lots of builders who had painted themselves, and found that the materials would cost at least half what a quality "good deal" pro job would cost. Saw some nasty home done jobs and read lots about builders who had tried hard and made a mess and where not happy to the point of reshooting the parts. So....figured it was one area (like building the engine) that I wanted a pro.

Been happy every since...and going to visit the painter....was amazed at hom much time and work it is. CRAZY, and they knew what they were doing and had great tools and facilities.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:59 PM
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A friend who really knows what he's doing offered to teach me how to paint Stella. A few things became obvious very quickly:

1. you need a very clean, very well lit environment
2. you need practise
3. you need talent

I had none of the above

Disagree with Concertmeister on points 2 and 3
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:00 PM
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I am painting my -10 right now. Its not anywhere near being perfect but I purchased a good quality gun and that helps a lot. Just like building the plane, I am finding the painting experience to be very rewarding.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:11 PM
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I plan to paint mine one day, but before I do I will shadow a professional for a few hours to get an idea for technique. I will then by an old car or two in need of paint, do the prep, paint and sell. Only then will I feel competent to do my own plane.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:17 PM
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I'm with Rick on this one. It became quickly apparent when I was priming, I wasn't going to do the top coat. I made a deal with a local auto painter, who has a grass strip and three of his own aircraft. The last is a Fokker triplane that he is just finishing. I supply the materials and assist with the grunt work and he paints. I spent about $3,500 on JetGlo/AcryGlo paint and just under $500 for materials (sandpaper, tape, paper, masks, etc). Then add labor on that.

Painting isn't inexpensive, regardless of which way you go.

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:19 PM
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Vlad, as you know, I did it at home. You can do it too. I'll lend you my HVLP paint system and fresh air system. Find a place, build a booth, take the wings off, make a rotating wing stand and go at it. Oh yeah, like me , be happy with a 30' paint job. Looks good from 30 feet.











And of course, let the parts dry in your apartment......

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:31 PM
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I had painted many cars in my young days. Show quality takes a fair amount of effort, daily drivers only a little less.
So when I during my RV build I always figured I would paint it myself in my garage just like always. Problem was materials and techniques had changed over the 25yrs. I talked with Corky, a local auto painter, he was willing to get me the info I needed. As I progressed down this road, I realized my old guns needed replaced and I would need to build a booth. Chad Jensen, before he was a EAA superstar, helped me put my paint thoughts on paper. I showed this picture to Corky and asked him if I could rent his spray booth. He said Sure, but i love that look...so how about I cut you a good deal and we work together. He wanted to be part of this project. perfect! I got to part of the process, he had the facility and the talent.

Don't kid yourself if you think painting will be easy. I washed, sanded and scuffed her 3 or 4 times. Here is after the first scuff.


Laying out my simple stripes took me almost 5hrs


Yellow and purple done, getting ready for green


TaDa.....$2600 in materials, and a couple hundred man-hours of effort. Oh yeah, this is how it came out of the gun, no cut and buffing for us


ps...I know a good painter.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:39 PM
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Vlad, take it to Tuscaloosa and "be done with it" -- you'll be very happy with the end result.. and looking at your travels, that'd be one of the shorter hops for you
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