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Old 09-02-2021, 05:58 PM
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Default Powder coating Grove Airfoil gear legs?

Firstly, wise or not?
Secondly, if I do powder coat them, do I powder coat the entire length, or should I leave some areas virginal where fasteners will come in contact?
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Old 09-02-2021, 07:25 PM
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Don't know what the heat will do to the leg, but my experience might be worth recounting.

I have a C180 and back in '94 or '95, I had the main gear legs powder coated. I had them prime the legs first. In the years since then, both gear legs picked up a few chips in the paint. These are large enough to be plainly visible.

I decided that if I ever had the legs off again, I'd have the powder coating stripped off and something - don't know what - that's more durable applied. Since the legs are steel, I don't have the option of leaving them polished, like you do. If I could, I'd polish them up this weekend.

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Old 09-02-2021, 07:27 PM
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I suggest there are two camps:
- Polish them
- Paint them

I’m in the paint camp. While there is no reason not to powder coat them (other than the upper clamp area and lower wheel axis and brake area), I suggest that the powder coat will never match whatever paint you do for the rest of the plane. That and just painting with the rest of the plane is pretty easy. So, I would not powder coat.

I do suggest you use a good epoxy primer before mating to the airplane. You’ll need to prime again for final paint, but this way hard areas at the top and bottom get covered.

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Old 09-02-2021, 07:43 PM
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I’d go with a single stage polyurethane and maybe some “ Rocker Panel Chipguard “ on the leading edge . ( comes in a spray bomb )
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Old 09-02-2021, 09:16 PM
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Thanks all. Good gouge, as always.
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I do suggest you use a good epoxy primer before mating to the airplane. You’ll need to prime again for final paint, but this way hard areas at the top and bottom get covered.

Carl
After reading a few stories of corrosion on stored Grove legs, basically the first thing I did after admiring my new set was to clean off the drool and shoot a coat of epoxy primer.
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I have the SkyDesigns gear legs. I polished 'em.

I also have polished aluminum 1 piece main gear legs on the Sonerai. In the 4 years I've owned the Sonerai, I've touched up the finish with a little Flitz on 2 occasions. They look great.

Here's a photo of the SkyDesigns gear legs with one leg done.

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I have the SkyDesigns gear legs. I polished 'em.

I also have polished aluminum 1 piece main gear legs on the Sonerai. In the 4 years I've owned the Sonerai, I've touched up the finish with a little Flitz on 2 occasions. They look great.

Here's a photo of the SkyDesigns gear legs with one leg done.

Wow that's impressive, I would not have thought it possible to do that at home.
What did you use as tools and product?? How much time to do 1 leg?

I have the Grove Airfoiled, bought in 2014, installed in 2017.
Not primed or painted, they don't show sign of corrosion.
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That is STUNNING! I had no idea such a mirror finish was possible. Assuming some rotor blade tape or something similar, how durable is that finish? My overall look is vaguely military, so polished gear legs aren't really appropriate, but now you have me thinking...
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That is STUNNING! I had no idea such a mirror finish was possible. Assuming some rotor blade tape or something similar, how durable is that finish? My overall look is vaguely military, so polished gear legs aren't really appropriate, but now you have me thinking...
Mine are polished - not as nice as these! I was planning to stay with the original gray shade but my painter polished them for me. I'm not sure what you mean by durable, but if you want them to stay looking like a mirror, you'll need to plan some time with them monthly at a minimum. I've done nothing to mine except cleaning the bugs off, and adding some ACF-50 to keep any corrosion at bay, and they look "shiny", but not like a mirror.
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