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Old 03-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Last summer I sliced the bottom of my hand near the wrist. It was to the bone. The prop was an APC 14 X 4 propeller, I use it on my aircraft where the max speed should be around 40 MPH. I was wondering what kind of paint I could use on it and what kinda prep I needed so the paint will stay.

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Re: Painting Prop Tips

Cliff, when I have painted my props, I just dipped 'em into the can and hung 'em up to dry, but found it did not really make all that much difference in visibility. I tried both white and red, but no difference. Mind you I was messing with smaller props, turning at higher speed than a 14" would turn, so that may have been a factor.

I found if I was standing back I could see the colour better than if I was up close and in "bite" range.
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Re: Painting Prop Tips

Hi Cliff;

I have painted several props ( falcon , pt model , mejzlik , 22/8 ,23/8 ) with no trouble. This is how I do it ---- mask off the prop leaving the tip , sand the gloss off the tip , then make the tip at least 2 in. long in the color you want . I always use white , red did not show up good for me . With white I then can see the ark of the prop . I use ( KRYLON FUSION from Canadian Tire ) and do very light spray jobs , about 5 or 6 times ( let it the get tacky in between each spray ) Take the tape off befor the paint dries and you get a nice sharp edge . Set aside over night to dry .

For smaller props maybe 1 in. in white would do !!!

Be sure you recheck the balance of your prop then . Hope this helps you


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Old 03-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
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Re: Painting Prop Tips


Are these wood props or are youusing APC nylon props?

Like Raymond, on my large wood props, 27x10 to 32x10 I spray the tips white or safety yellow . It will contrast even more if you paint the rest of the prop black. For this I sand the entire prop first to et the gloss off then I mask the tips and paint the whole prop black first. I use Flat Black but gloss will work to.. Tremclad, Krylon or sometime the H2O water based paint from CT. Aftyer the black is dry I then use a mask to leave just the tips exposed then spray them white or yellow. More lighter coats are better then one or two heavy coats. This prvents the pain running. ALL spray painting should be done this way. First coat you should just see a mist but most of the wood is still vissable.

Clearcoat everything after if you want then use the clear coat to ballance your prop. You DO balance them, right?
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Yellow seems to work the best for me .....

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Re: Painting Prop Tips

Alternating colors on alternating blades is how we always did our Hawker props, makes them show up pretty good. Looks like a couple blades got swapped here though and lost the alternating pattern.
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Re: Painting Prop Tips

This shows up not too bad. It's from CTC in the automotive touchup paint department. Called Chrome Bumper Paint. Looks more like shiny real aluminim prop. The yellow is that $ store paint. It is acrylic paint so it is tough. The prop is actually a wood 22-8 prop.
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Re: Painting Prop Tips

I was glad to see balancing as an integral part of prop painting. APC props - we always dull the edges a bit and while doing that we check the balance after every few swipes of the sanding block. When painting we always paint the base colour as mentioned and then when adding the tip colour start checking the balance again when getting close to being done with the tip colour. And you were right in using the clear to put the final balance on and make it simply perfect! Thanks for the post!
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