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Old 01-24-2004, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I know it's probally been asked but what prep work do I need to do in order to paint balsa. I know it has to be sanded,seams filled and primed. Was wondering what you guys found best for the best results. Will micro baloons work with common carpenters glue or do I need epoxy? What primer and paint work best. Will covering stick to paint?
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Old 01-24-2004, 11:51 PM   #2
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Hi Chuck: I've always used Dope on balsa. Couple of coats to seal it, then mix up some micro ballons with dope to fill wood - 1/3 balloons, 1/3 dope and about 1/3 thinner. Another coat or two of clear and it should be ready to paint. I've ussually used dope for color, but other paints could be used to - I'd test it first though to make sure it sticks good and dosen't adversly react to it. Don't know about covering sticking to paint. Never tried that. Good luck
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