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Old 03-31-2007, 06:05 PM   #1
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i'm about to paint and clear coating my ZLIN, and there's so many options and discutions about which clear gloss/mate coat is glow fuel proof, and up to x% nitro.
right now i'm kinda confused which one work on latex paint,and i might not be the only one.

my sugestion is to conclude all these info here, so it would be a reference for everybody, with the products available up to date.

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My conclusions are no latex or acrylic products are fuel proof. If you paint with latex then spray over with an oil based clear coat which will work fine after letting it cure at least 30 days. However raw fuel will still disturb an oil finish if allowed a little time to sit on the surface. If its a nice model we really should spend a little extra and purchase the professional finishes that are available. Dope works great as well. Bill
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Re: fuel proof clear coat

Try Canadian Tire Truck clear Coat. I yested it with a drop of 10% nitro over night. It took some shine off when rubbed with a cloth but did not disolve or peel it.
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Re: fuel proof clear coat

Hi, I've used the R-M products from BASF.
For the clear coat I'll be using the LIMCO 4 step technology. Is a three part clear with hardener(catalyst) and reducer.
You can go here: http://www.basfrefinish.com
Look for LIMCO products.
They also have a spec sheet for refer.

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Re: fuel proof clear coat

This must be the #1 topic on RCU, RCC and RCSB. I've read several topics on it. So far this is what I've been able to find:

Latex is NOT glow fuel proof. But has NO issues with gasoline and doesn't need to be sealed. But if your running a mixed-powered fleet (ie. some planes gasoline and some glow) you may want to seal the latex in case some methyl alcohol gets spilled on your new paint job.

If using latex on a glow powered aircraft it needs to be sealed against glow fuel. So far, I have heard that you can use polyurathane clear, Nelson's clear coat (with a cross linker), Warbird Colours clear (with a cross linker) & clear dope.

I am currently painting my Arado with Benjamin Moore Latex. Using windshield washer fluid to thin it. Works great.

I am by no means an expert, this is what I have been able to find by reading the dozens of threads on the before mentioned forums. If anyone has anything they can add please do!

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