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Painting and Finishing

Rolling Poly Paint: A Spray Painting Alternative

6/1/2001 12:00:00 AM By Dick Starks (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 2001)

“Oh, good grief!” I muttered in horrified disbelief. “Not now,” I pleaded. “Oh no, please, not now!”

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Painting...Solving the Mystery Part 2

2/1/1998 12:00:00 AM

Painting an airplane to achieve an award winning finish can present a challenge. In the January issue I discussed the fact that you can paint an airplane yourself with quality results.

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Painting...Solving the Mystery Part 1

1/1/1998 12:00:00 AM

Ask a group of airplane builders whether or not you should paint your own airplane and then stand back and listen. The opinions will equal the number of people present.

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Painting with Latex

9/1/1996 12:00:00 AM By Chuck Shapler (originally published in EAA Experimenter, September 1996)

Painting Your Homebuilt Part 2

1/1/1995 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in Sportplane Builder, January 1995)

Here's why surface preparation is so important . . . Paint will only color the surface to which it is applied. It will not hide:

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Painting Your Homebuilt Part 1

12/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in Sportplane Builder, December 1994)

If I had to paint a homebuilt before I could get to build it, I probably  would never start on the project in the first place . . . figure that one  out, amigo!

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Preparing Your Aircraft For Painting Part 2

9/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, September 1985)

You worked hard and long on the pre-paint preparations outlined last month and you have reached the point where you feel that any further sanding, filling and inspecting of your project would be counterproductive, a waste of time . . . and, by golly, you are ready to prime this baby right now. But wait!Ever spray-paint an airplane? An auto? Didn't take too long, did it? But, how about the pre-paint surface preparation? That took weeks longer than you expected, didn't it?

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Preparing Your Aircraft For Painting Part 3

9/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, September 1985)

With the recent interest manifest in composite designs and construction, we tend to forget that there are still plenty of all-metal (aluminum) airplanes being built. Not only that, we overlook the fact that even those plastic jobs have a considerable number of aluminum components in them.

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Preparing Your Aircraft For Painting Part 1

7/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, July 1985)

Ever spray-paint an airplane? An auto? Didn't take too long, did it? But, how about the pre-paint surface preparation? That took weeks longer than you expected, didn't it?

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