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02-18-2008, 08:39 PM
I am looking for high gloss spray paint to re-finish and older helicopter. I will be painting a fiberglass lower canopy and part of a "polycarbonate" clear canopy.
30 years ago, I would have purchased "Perfect Paint", but that, apparently, no longer exists.
Anyone know of an aerosol paint that is hot fuel proof?
Thank you all in advance.
02-18-2008, 09:36 PM
If you want an aerosol that looks nice and will hold up through anything go to your local autobody shop. In Canada we have NAPA, dunno if you guys in the states have them. They sell professional autobody paint. They also sell what's called a single step aerosol. It's paint and clear in one, normally sold for patching rust on a car, but it's the next best thing to real autobody paint. The stuff will really shine, and bonds very well to fiberglass and metals.
02-19-2008, 07:37 AM
I have used Krylon with great results. Only item I had a problem with Krylon, is there clear. It is not fuel proof. But the paint I did not have a problem using it on a canopy. It does not need clear coat once it dries.
02-19-2008, 12:44 PM
Another option is to use whatever paint you want (acrylics or whatever), and take it to a shop, and have them clear it. Then the finish will be fuel proof, and shine bright enough to blind you.
Aerial RC Photog
02-19-2008, 01:25 PM
Don't know if all the Walmarts carry "House of Kolor" Air brush paint.
That's what I use.
Air Brush paid itself off 7 years ago $150.00 there are some for $30.00 that will work just fine. House of Kolor Paint pack of 6. $14.99
The paint pack will do about 6 - 8 Helicopter Canopies, and the colors are pre-mixed to be Bad @$$ already.. They go on smooth and easy and dry pretty fast with a pretty sweet look..
02-19-2008, 02:04 PM
Walmart has HoK in the 4oz airbrush bottles? Pack of six at $14.99? Wow. I've been buying from the local auto paint supply house and paying $11.99 a bottle...
02-19-2008, 02:11 PM
I didn't know wallmart had that stuff either. That stuff is PolyUrethane I beleive, real autobody paint. That being said, this guy said he wanted an aerosol as I'm guessing he doesn't have the equipment to spray. HoK is probably not a reasonable suggestion for him. That being said, a cheap airbrush and a can of compressed air and some HoK paint will give you a much better finish than any aerosol. Just my two cents.
02-19-2008, 03:09 PM
I didn't see any automotive paint on the Walmart web site... :(
I've had good results with the DupliColor rattle cans. Not sure if the clear would be hot-nitro proof tho...
Aerial RC Photog
02-19-2008, 03:16 PM
The paint on my canopy next to the Muffler, and the paint under the tanks had 24 hr cure.
I've flown about 50 or so flights since then. Lot's of smoke, and dripping hot fuel oil next to the exhaust and Cold fuel at the fuel point all over the paint job. Wipes right off. Paint is still fine.
The only prep I did before paint was a good coat of primer.
Aerial RC Photog
02-19-2008, 03:20 PM
Forgot to mention that I got the paint at the local Walmart. In Rockwall Texas,.
Amazingly enough, it's in the Toy section next to the Testers models.
The Testers paint doesn't sell to fast sitting next to the House of Kolor paint.
And yes that is Automotive grade paint.
The Paint sets are, bright, flats, neon etc,, That had 8 differant sets to pick from.I bought all of the twice at the price.
02-19-2008, 04:27 PM
Thank you all for your kind assistance.
I am not looking for that great finish. I am resurecting an old Revolution Commander and just want to get a decent finish-not looking for a great finish.
The lower portion of the canopy is fiberglass, and was apparently dipped in thick paint, sometime in antiquity. If you like lumpy, runny paint, this is it. I just wanted to buzz it with a sander, and get the worst off, then give it a "stand off" (I mean stand way off) finish.
I have another canopy that is in good shap with a decent finish to install eventually.
Thank you all again!
02-19-2008, 05:47 PM
02-19-2008, 05:49 PM