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Old 12-19-2007, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My girlfriend will do an airbrush job on my canopy, but I have to sand the stock paint first. I'm just wondering if there's any precautions or anything special I should know before sanding...for example I am unsure if the black windshield on the canopy is paint or a sticker which was clearcoated ( would be difficult to sand!), stuff like that...



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Old 12-20-2007, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would buy a cheap 9 dollar white canopy and save the stock V2 one.

P.S. Give it a couple of crashes and you will know that the material is! My black windshield is cracking as well as my paint. It's like an acrylic on the canopy and the windshield is a material. Underneath both are fiber. I wouldn't sand it too much.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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just use one of the green scouring pads and just knock off the shine(gloss)
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I prep my Align fiberglass lids with a quick 600 grit wet sanding to knock off the gloss and smooth the edge of the "windshield" paint, then i wash with soap and water, rinse very well and blow it dry. Hit it with a tack cloth then shoot on a couple coats of Bulldog primer.

Prime and paint away after that.

The plastic lids get similar treatment and thus far, I have had no adhesion problems with either type of lid.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Any news on Align replacing the current V1 White gellcoat cano with a white V2 cano that is ready for painting? It'd be nice to save some $$$ on the cano, plus it just seems wrong to paint over a perfectly good Pro Painted cano.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Any news on Align replacing the current V1 White gellcoat cano with a white V2 cano that is ready for painting? It'd be nice to save some $$$ on the cano, plus it just seems wrong to paint over a perfectly good Pro Painted cano.
You mean like this:

http://www.readyheli.com/ProductDeta...S1238&CartID=5
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LoL, yeah, I found that out at my LHS today! Funny how I never noticed that before. I look at their canos every time I go there...fighting the urge to buy a new one for now of course. Thanks Pinecone.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I know what you mean. There is one in my cart at ReadyHeli right now.
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Old 12-23-2007, 08:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have 2 stock white canopies and an airbrushed one. Wish now I hadn't put decals on the 2 stock ones. Should have left one for mod painting. Is there an easy way to remove decals.

Wish this weather would clear up so I could test the 600.
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