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Old 02-01-2021, 11:53 AM
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I love the look of matte finish paint, but don't see too many. Buildflygo has one that is a great example. Is there a reason this is a bad idea, or is it just not the most common choice?
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Old 02-01-2021, 11:58 AM
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I love the look of matte finish paint, but don't see too many. Buildflygo has one that is a great example. Is there a reason this is a bad idea, or is it just not the most common choice?
One limitation to matte finished is that they are not easily repaired in a small area. Matching a matte finish can be nearly impossible. So, hangar rash or chips down the road will be a real challenge if you want to repair. I agree, they do look good!!
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Old 02-01-2021, 12:04 PM
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What Randy said, but I would also add I would think you need a really clean paint booth. When I restored my Mustang I really wanted to do it, but gave in and went BC/CC so I could cut/buff out the dirt and bugs.
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Old 02-01-2021, 12:22 PM
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I envision a mix of matte paint and polished aluminum if I decide to build an RV-8. However it might look so nice that I'm afraid to fly it!
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Old 02-01-2021, 12:28 PM
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I envision a mix of matte paint and polished aluminum if I decide to build an RV-8. However it might look so nice that I'm afraid to fly it!
I am thinking matte black or grey and Jeep's 2005 Electric lime green accents. I had a jeep in that color and want it on my airplane.
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Old 02-01-2021, 12:51 PM
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I am thinking matte black or grey and Jeep's 2005 Electric lime green accents. I had a jeep in that color and want it on my airplane.
Saw a similar concept on an RV-8A recently and it looked SLICK.
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Old 02-01-2021, 01:38 PM
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For accents, you can get some really good-looking matte and textured vinyl.

For entire airplane, take a look at PPG PSX-700_SG_ ("semi-gloss") topcoat.
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Old 02-01-2021, 01:45 PM
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I love the look of matte finish paint, but don't see too many. Buildflygo has one that is a great example. Is there a reason this is a bad idea, or is it just not the most common choice?
Thought of the same thing on the weekend till I did some research and found it is difficult to repair, show scratches real well and would likely not stand up to the rigours of flying. Using vinyl accents as some have already pointed out seems to be the only option.

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Old 02-01-2021, 02:00 PM
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Higher aerodynamic drag! Research top speeds of WWII fighters with matte finish vs gloss or polished finish. It's significant. Also Reno racers. Personal taste, but BTW I hate the look. Every time I see a new matte finished car I think they never quite finished it.
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Old 02-01-2021, 04:11 PM
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You can buy flattening agent. It looks like micro balloons. It would take a few sample sprays to nail down the mix but once done is repeatable with good measurements. I added it to my interior grey. Probably have the measurements somewhere.
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