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Old 11-09-2011, 03:30 PM   #21
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Re: Water based paint options / solution found

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I would first like to thank Todd (aceplant) from RCC for his efforts. He was in Buffalo this past weekend and went to Home Depot to buy me some Martha Stewart precious metals paint as recommended by Grizak. They wouldn't sell him any because it was a "base" and he had to pick a colour. Figure that out.

I got creative and went to Michaels the craft store. I found an Acrylic water based paint in a 16 oz package for $6.99 and it had fine metalflake suspended - it looked right. They have other colours. It's called craft smart Acrylic Paint.

I have played with it a bit and have it shooting fine with my airbrush. It looks a little strange when you put it on but don't judge it until it dries for a few hours. It looks great. So far I have shot 2 light coats on all of the plane parts and it covers great. I intend to fine water sand it and then shoot a final 1 or 2 coats. It will add very little weight to the plane, I doubt I will use net 6 oz of paint when I am finished and some of that will evaporate, the WWA and Floetrol all evaporate.

It covers even and the metalflake seems to not be streaky at all and I think it is going to be great. I will let it cure for a couple weeks and then test it for fuel proofing. I have shot some test pieces of balsa for fuel proof testing. I will post some pictures when completed. Here is the mixing formula that is working for me:

8 oz paint (stir well as pigment/flake tends to settle)
12 oz windshield washer antifreeze
3/4 oz Floetrol (you will probably have to order this as no paint store I called had it 6.99)
Air pressure set at 40 lbs on the regulator and dropped to 30 lbs at full flow from airbrush.

I had to keep washing out the airbrush to keep the flow up. But it was a simple rinse under hot water in the laundry tub. Fast and easy. Little if any overspray, shop stayed clean and it was odorless.

I just took a couple shots in my workshop but they don't really show that much. When I am closer to done I will assemble the plane and take an outside shot (weather permitting) or on a dark carpet to try and show the metallic.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:21 AM   #22
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Re: Water based paint options / solution found

Go to a really high end body shop thats deals with Audi, BMW's, and such.. A number of years ago they were using paints that were alcohol based and water based..

Good luck...
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