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Old 03-09-2022, 04:30 AM
amekler amekler is offline
 
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Default what to do with aluminum while waiting for paint

It's a year wait to get the plane into the paint shop. Any advice on whether to polish the aluminum or how to protect it for the year?
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Old 03-09-2022, 04:48 AM
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just fly it.
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Old 03-09-2022, 05:38 AM
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I would say just try to keep it clean so that there is no build up of grime, salt, dust etc. that could contribute to corrosion. The aluminum will naturally oxidise and this forms a protective coating. Avoid putting on any silicone or wax coatings that may cause problems for painting in future.
Or, just paint it yourself!
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Old 03-09-2022, 06:18 AM
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Exactly where I'm at in all this.

Flying for a year and a half. Washing the bird poop and salt spray off periodically after beach trips, etc. Planning actively to paint it myself with pro help here at the backyard hangar when warmer weather comes.

The main impediment is my own inability to settle on a scheme.

Agree with "just fly it." The unpainted exterior annoys the wife more than it does me. Helps to have HER pushing ME to drop another 8k on this hobby.

I think you'll be fine to wait a year if you choose.
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Old 03-09-2022, 07:23 AM
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Only $8k? Sounds like a deal compared to other quotes I’ve heard of! Who is your paint shop?
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Old 03-09-2022, 09:02 AM
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Agree with "just fly it." The unpainted exterior annoys the wife more than it does me. Helps to have HER pushing ME to drop another 8k on this hobby.
After multiple estimates between $24,000 - $28,000 for a very simplistic paint scheme I JUMPED on the opportunity to the paintwork done for just under $13,000. If you can get it for $8,000 you should do it immediately!
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Old 03-09-2022, 05:21 PM
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I tried another paint shop. first opening is jan 2024!!!
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Old 03-09-2022, 07:08 PM
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Just fly it. No wax or polish. The first thing the paintshop will do is wash the plane to get all the lead and bugs and whatever off it. Then they will scuff up all the surfaces.. So don't worry about surface issues. The most you'd want to do is wipe down the leading edges.. and maybe a wash over the summer just so things don't get out of hand.

I got a quote for about $21k from a shop down in the southeast. Though he still wants to see it in person before firming that up. His first slot was sometime next year.. However, he said that there are a bunch of kitplanes on his list this year.. and more than likely one or more will get cancelled because the builder simply won't be ready. I told him that all I need is 2-day notice and I'll fly it down whenever he says. He's expecting early Fall.. he/they are PPG certified painters. Other shops quoted about the same, +/-, but this guy answered all my questions and I got a good vibe that he doesn't cut corners and wants to maintain the shops reputation.

I would have loved to show it off at Oshkosh this year.. but.. it'll have to wait.
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Old 03-09-2022, 07:54 PM
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Shop around and consider an enjoyable long X-country. Try Gus at Wickenburg, AZ (E25). 928-684-4926

His shop did a great job on a T-34 paint scheme for mine. In 2012 it was $10,500.
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Old 03-10-2022, 07:20 AM
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Yikes $20k+ for a -12 paint job seems excessive. I've gotten several quotes in the DFW area for $10-12k
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