Another paint question, flat vs. gloss?

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  1. Jul 21, 2019 #21

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    How about semi-gloss? It won't chalk, or get polished spots. It is finished and not like a flat coat of primer.
     
  2. Jul 21, 2019 #22

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    After looking at a number of P-51's that have a "show type" gloss finish, that is what we decided to have applied. Gloss clear, super easy to care for.
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    No-Brainer to apply flat dark color to the top-of the glare shield over/forward of the instrument panel and up-to the interior of the windshield.

    Choice of flat or gloss could also depend on the aspect [line-of-sight] angles between Your line-of-sight over the nose, the windshield angle and the angle of the area forward of the windshield to include cowl. In some aircraft and autos a high gloss paint applied very smoothly over-the-nose could reflect a lot of direct sun into the cockpit and be blinding to the pilots... especially into the sun landings and take-offs.

    Seem to me that Vans RVs tend to have narrow short areas on the fuselage/cowling forward of the windshields… and that there is a significant down-angle [below pilots vision] that is "naturally glare-reduced'.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2019 #24

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    We don’t wear sunglasses to look cool. :cool:
     
  5. Sep 26, 2019 #25

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    I've been doing it wrong? Darn. (North of age 50, still not cool....)
     
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    Sunglasses don't help much unless they are polarized. Even then they don't completely eliminate the problem. Polarized glasses just knock out half the glare, and make everything dark including what you want to look at.
     
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    REF photo of the '51 with wings/stabs sawed-off [above]... just forward of the windshield to about 2/3d of the way to the spinner is an obviously/typical flat-black anti-glare coating... since this area projects well into the pilot's area of vision.
     
  8. Sep 28, 2019 #28

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    Looks nice. Hopes it works well for you. As a side note in the 70’s and 80’s our flying activity owed 7 T-34’s. They all had flat black paint on the cowling, sat outside in New England, were washed monthly and we never had an issue. At $3.50 an hour wet, on a airswitch controlled Hobbs meter, they were my favorites.
     

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