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Old 08-22-2020, 12:29 PM
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Hi guys,

Resurrecting my new-to-me RV3 and will keep it unpainted/polished. Only... what to do with those fibreglass bits?

Has anyone tried vinyl wrapping the engine cowlings and/or wing tips and other fairings in "chrome" wrap? How does that compare to a proper polish? Looks good or too much difference in hue to be nice?

Thanks

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Old 08-22-2020, 12:53 PM
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Here's a photo of a local Xenos motorglider that's polished with the fiberglass painted red. Not exactly an answer to your question, but I rather like it.

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Old 08-22-2020, 01:03 PM
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I've always wondered this as well. I just love the look of polished vintage airplanes, but they also usually have formed metal tail tips & fairings. But then again, some have silver-doped fabric control surfaces too... so would silver paint look ok? Tips are easy enough to design into a paint scheme, but that tail fairing... ugh. First-world problems I think about at 3 am...
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Old 08-22-2020, 02:05 PM
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Look up sprectrachrome.com on the web - just what you want.

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Old 08-22-2020, 02:14 PM
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I have a Birkin Lotus 7. The body is aluminum over steel tubes much like an airplane. The nose cone is fiberglass. I kept the body unpainted but not polished. I used a 3M wrap on the nose that is called Brushed Aluminum that matches pretty well. There are some others "colors" that are much more shiny and might work to match a polished finish.
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Old 08-22-2020, 03:25 PM
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You can get 3M vinyl samples on Amazon for around $25. Lots of different shades of chrome.
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Old 08-22-2020, 04:49 PM
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Here's a photo of a local Xenos motorglider that's polished with the fiberglass painted red. Not exactly an answer to your question, but I rather like it.

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Thanks Dave. Looks nice indeed!

Or, to stay within the RV family: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8449793

Still.... It's also the tail fairings and canopy skirt that I am wondering about...
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You can get 3M vinyl samples on Amazon for around $25. Lots of different shades of chrome.
Good idea. Thanks
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PH-BRR Bowers Fly Baby; Imported and upgraded
PH-MGA Jodel DR1050; Built, with Subaru EJ25
PH-SUM RV-4; Imported and upgraded. Sold my share :-(
PH-EIL RV-4; Imported and upgraded for friend. Sadly crashed
PH-ERD Robin DR300; Built with Subaru EZ30 for friend.
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Old 08-22-2020, 04:55 PM
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Look up sprectrachrome.com on the web - just what you want.

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Interesting stuff.

I'm in Europe though. And I don't believe they have made it across the pond yet. Unfortunately.
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PH-BRR Bowers Fly Baby; Imported and upgraded
PH-MGA Jodel DR1050; Built, with Subaru EJ25
PH-SUM RV-4; Imported and upgraded. Sold my share :-(
PH-EIL RV-4; Imported and upgraded for friend. Sadly crashed
PH-ERD Robin DR300; Built with Subaru EZ30 for friend.
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Old 08-22-2020, 06:27 PM
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MT Propeller spinners are chromed fiberglass, I wonder how they do that??
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