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How do you guys keep your paint job from getting beat up during final assembly/decaling?

July 16 2017 at 4:07 PM
Mc Swine  (Login McSwine)
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Seems like no matter how careful I am, I always manage to paint chipping and/or similiar damage to those high-wear arease like the bottom of the fuselage or leading/trailing edges of wings/stabilizers. Are any of you successful at preventing this? Would love to hear how you do it! TIA

 
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Mrockhill
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One thing I do

July 16 2017, 4:54 PM 

Is that once a kit starts getting paint is it is always placed on an bit of old cotton t-shirt or is always between the build and whatever surface its resting on. I also try to keep the points of contact that I pick up and hold the kit by limited and in easy spots to touch up.


    
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Stan Traas
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Couple of things....

July 16 2017, 5:55 PM 

.... once the paint is on, before decals or fiddly bits, a good gloss coat of lacquer, soft cotton (T-shirt, etc.) over a foam cradle, and white cotton gloves are a must. (My perspiration/finger oils will strip epoxy paint!). HTH

 
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Stuart Milliken
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Let me guess...

July 16 2017, 6:44 PM 

Are you using a water- or alcohol-based acrylic? That's the main reason why I switched to a lacquer-based paint several years ago and haven't looked back. Also, I always use a good lacquer primer.

Stuart

 
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Mc Swine
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Thanks for the feedback guys!

July 17 2017, 7:38 AM 

I'll be trying some of your suggestions!

 
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Michael McMurtrey, Proud IPMS Low-# Thumper
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Allow the paint to thoroughly dry/cure before handling.

July 17 2017, 9:45 AM 

Then use cotton gloves to handle. If you can still smell paint, it ain't thoroughly dry/cured.
Michael McMurtrey
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