I guess no one has ever used or heard of this company? no opinions are rare these days.. ;-)Having painted many frames, with most of the listed above products, with great results, I would be one of the first to say, most GOOD products, applied correctly work well. This "applied correctly" part is key. But most of you know that.
But, and there always seems to be a "but" I can't get out of my head the system I saw at OSH this year,
HIPEC Aircraft Coatings | High Performance Aircraft Coatings & Fabric Aircraft Coverings
But simply can't find one single person that has used it. When I asked why that would be? I was told that it simply has not been promoted ever in the USA, can that be the reason? is it popular in Canada? IS it as good as it looks? can it really be as light as they say? Feed back folks?
Is there a reason that you do not want to use an epoxy primer, then paint black over it?
I learned a lesson about restoring an airplane as a show piece. The 1959 Cessna 172 that I restored is in a museum in Germany. Sold it about 2 years after finishing it. To nice to fly. Put towels down on the carpeting in front of the front seats and took my shoes off and placed on a towel layed down on the carpet forward of the rear seats . After flying it took about 2 hrs of work getting all the bug splatters, dust, etc off and back to perfect condition. Then there was the job of keeping the polished aluminum looking new. Kept the airplane in a heated/AC hanger covered with blankets over the paint and polished aluminum.
That is the reason I built the SSSC, painted with a roller with SW house paint. Built to NOT be a show piece but to use everyday. When I taxi down the grass field runway and its wet and water and mud gets slung under the wings, I just smile and enjoy the flight. The mud will fall off when it get dry enough.
Its not about the effort in building. But, if you build something so perfect that it hinders you from using it , is where it becomes a problem for me.I still want to do my best work because it doesn’t take any more effort, all things considered. I’m not looking to win awards but I do want it to be nice looking. I don’t mind cleaning.
I completely understand the group of guys who want to use house paint, just not my thing I guess.
That’s not my story here, I’m not looking for perfect, like I say I just want gloss and I do a good job at everything I do. I plan on flying the hell out of this airplane.Its not about the effort in building. But, if you build something so perfect that it hinders you from using it , is where it becomes a problem for me.
The C-172 had been put in long term storage ( 40+ years) by a Cessna dealer. Taken out of storage and sold to a man that died a short time later and I bought it from the widow. Believed it's the best straight tail C-172 in the world. Also had all the factory ads and brochures. It needed to be in a museum.
Log books 7 pages each. Inspected and flown a little for those 7 years total.
I don't want anything that nice again.
Do not powder coat. Hard and brittle and will crack and rust under the coating.
The best is Poly-Fiber epoxy primer. Far as I know it doesn't come in black. Number 2 is Dupont Variprime , also two part and I have bought it in black. Sticks as good as Poly-Fiber epoxy primer but without a top coat it will not hold up to the elements quite as good a PF primer. It's one or the other and nothing else for me.
Can buy at your local Dupont auto paint store.
Stits Epoxy Primer Kits White Ep-420/Ep-430/E-500 This white heavy duty chemical and solvent resistant amine cured primer, the excellent primer from Stits is 0fast drying and corrosion inhibiting.www.aircraftspruce.comDupont Variprime--Where can I get it? Primersvansairforce.net
Picture is my LG primed with Poly Fiber epoxy primer without a top coat that was painted in 2006. Has seen a lot of mud and water with not ever been on a paved runway over a few times. Now the green is a little darker green as you can see on the fiberglass ends on the shock strut farings.
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