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Old 07-30-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Ok this has been hashed around many times . Paint. Latex Exterior Gloss How much thinning with windshield washer fluid and 30% or 40% make that minus degress . How much dry time between coats. How much dry time before using. Does it need something else to protect it . Thanks in advance Mike
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Hi Mike,

I've used latex on 2 projects so far, the latest being the Arado in the Float Planes section.

I use exterior latex semi gloss cause I do warbirds. Usually I mix windshield washer fluid as a thinner roughly 20-30%, it's really a trial by fire thing. Find what works for you, too thin it'll run, too thick it spatters. I haven't used Flotrol, haven't needed it, some guys use it.

What i usually do is spray a light coat, and each coat gets progressively heavier, use a heat gun to get each coat to "flash off" quicker. Don't hold the heat too close it'll blister the latex. Move it fairly quickly, I use it until the sheen comes off the paint, let it sit to cool down and then hit it again with another coat.

If you are running an alcohol engine, you need to seal the paint against the nitro, I used Minwax Poly Uerathane Clear, I tested it on a stir stick from the latex and it didn't react with the P.U. clear. After a day or 2 i douced it with raw fuel and let it sit for 1/2 a day, didn't see any effect from the nitro (15%) I waited about a week before applying the P.U. to the latex, to allow the latex to set up real good (it already had a head start from the heat gun)

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I haven't found clear urethane to be fuel proof. I used it to seal some graphics two summers ago and halfway through the season every place the fuel residue hit the airplane, that urethane was soft and sticky. still is three summers later........definitely not fuel proof from what I've seen.
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Yeah I gotta give a thumbs down on the fuel proofing abilities of Minwax Poly Uerathane Clear it works for a short time, if you clean the plane up with a soapy solution after each flight you might get most of a season of flying before it turns sticky and gummy, but once it gets that way, it stays that way. The plane will still look ok, but any dust or grime sticks to it like flys to fly paper.
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