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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%
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:56 PM
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Can I vote twice? I painted my own but it's also what I do for a living.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:50 PM
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I found a great solution, but not sure how many like it there are out there. The largest Recreational Vehicle dealer in town has a 50' state-of-the-art paint booth and had just recently painted an RV-9A for the owner's father. The store owner is also an avid pilot but not a builder or experimental guy. Anyway, after talking to several auto shops in town (2 of which had done planes and were willing to do mine), I ran into the RV shop painter and he said they might be able to fit me in. Long story short, they did a great job, half the price or less of what I'm reading people are spending to paint their -10s (they let me provide the grunt labor, of which there is a LOT), and we painted most of it between Thursday night and Sunday night. We finished a few of the misc pieces within a week. Bottom line, I got a professional paint job with top quality paint for just under $5000 and I got it done within about a 10 day period...couldn't be happier.









I wanted a paint job that was professional quality, bright (i.e., visible), unique, and as inexpensive as possible. I was very happy with the results.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:55 PM
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Default Outside....

I have painted several auto's and about 4 airplanes and hated the work on every one of them.

Having said that I don't really see any other way to get the results I wanted.

The -10 was painted outside with no paint booth and into the night holding a light.......

The idea was to prep in the evening with the night temperature in the low 40's and then start painting first thing in the morning before the bugs start moving and without a paint booth if we mest up 1 coat we could probably sand that back off and redo it in way less time that we could build a paint booth so we took the chance.

It worked fairly well but due to some of the coats having to be applied in specific time frames from each other we ran into the night one time.

I think we only had to redo about 2 different coats.







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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 AM
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Default Military paint schemes

For the guys doing military paint jobs, who is a good source for stencils?
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:34 AM
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I had good results from Wooday Signs http://www.woodwaysigns.com/

Phillip Fox - tell him N32SE sent you!

Here is a powerpoint with details and links
http://www.mnwing.org/N32SEPaint.pdf
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:33 AM
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All I can say is WOW! I think I'll be using that as my painting guide. Nice job sir!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:06 PM
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Here is a powerpoint with details and links
http://www.mnwing.org/N32SEPaint.pdf
Nice write-up. Almost identical to my process and setup.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:34 PM
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Default Designer, Masks

I would be remiss not to credit John Stahr with developing my design. He does amazing artwork in the paint booth but was too far away and I did not want to assemble, disassemble, paint, reassemble. However, he also will help you develop your design and provide many renderings based on conversations with you and pictures you can send him of paint schemes you like. Very trouble free and a fair price.

I also used paint masks for the N number and text on the tail. The N number was a multi-layer mask that worked really slick - from a local sign shop. It's pretty standard stuff, I believe.
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