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Old 11-23-2019, 10:39 AM
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Default Permanent Sunshade? Painting Acryllic?

I would much rather enjoy permanent and full sun-protection than that of the removable partial shady shades. My need to peek in the direction of the sky behind me is almost always nada. In fact, I would not mind having an opaque white tint or paint that reflect as much sun as possible.

alas, acryllic is not glass, and I don't want it to break from inadvertent issues, such as heating, chemical processes, etc.

does anyone know what is and what is not appropriate here?
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Old 11-23-2019, 12:00 PM
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Here is a picture of an RV-6 with a permanent painted shade.
It belonged to (DAR) Mel, maybe he can chime-in.

I 'm interested in this too. I always enjoy flying "under a roof" and I also think it might look good.
Not to hijack your post, but:
I am thinking of extending the aft fiberglass skirt towards the front (RV7 slider). Anyone than had seen this before? Or can comment on the idea?

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Old 11-23-2019, 12:41 PM
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:00 PM
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Here is a picture of an RV-6 with a permanent painted shade.
It belonged to (DAR) Mel, maybe he can chime-in.

I 'm interested in this too. I always enjoy flying "under a roof" and I also think it might look good.
Not to hijack your post, but:
I am thinking of extending the aft fiberglass skirt towards the front (RV7 slider). Anyone than had seen this before? Or can comment on the idea?

Can't see the picture ...
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:22 PM
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in case you ever stray from the warm LA climate, you will might regret that. Heat muffs are barely adequate in cold climates and I am MUCH warmer on winter days with full sun due to the large glass canopy.

Food for thought.

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Old 11-24-2019, 12:54 AM
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why would I ever want to leave the land of earthquakes, floods, fire, riots, expensive houses, and high taxes? ;-).

I think I am going to tape some Hygloss Products Mirror Board Sheets - Reflective, Shiny Poster Board to my roof. Silver points at the sun, white points down to me. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVQT11K...roduct_details

Or would this likely heat up the plexiglass and damage it? I am hoping that the internal heating effect from reflecting back into the plexiglass would be no worse than a sunshade that absorbs heat near the plexi.

Is there a good glue (possibly removable later) or tape anyone could recommend?
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:06 AM
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in case you ever stray from the warm LA climate, you will might regret that. Heat muffs are barely adequate in cold climates and I am MUCH warmer on winter days with full sun due to the large glass canopy.

Food for thought.

Larry
Completely agree. I bank on the heating factor for half the year.

I fly mostly in the morning or evening and would never give up the great view the RV provides. I sometimes take for granted the great view forgetting my first flight with the bubble canopy. Went for my Biennial last week with a new CFI who never had been in an RV. He could not get over the visibility.

In my opinion using sunshades when needed temporarily is way better than permanently reducing you visibility.
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:20 AM
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Perhaps Gila Static Cling is what you are looking for.
There are plenary of people who use it and love it, I for one.
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=44461
It means that in a tight bank or when in formation you can still see through the canopy, which is a huge plus.

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Old 11-24-2019, 10:27 AM
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...Heat muffs are barely adequate in cold climates...
Agree to disagree. I have dual heat muffs on my -6 and rarely find need for opening both. One is more than adequate for warming the cockpit down to 3-5C. Below that I use the second one, but I rarely fly that close to zero.
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:41 AM
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Instead of painting the acrylic, why not put a layer of vinyl (your choice of colors) over the portion of the canopy you'd like to paint? That way, you wouldn't damage the canopy, and, if desired, could remove it one day.
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