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Hello everyone,


I've been painting planes for many years now, and have a custom shop located in Lake City, Fl. I enjoy painting composites, and I use the new Dupont Aviation finishes. I am certified in PPG as well and also have paint jobs out there from over 8 years ago using Imron - and they still look as good as the day I painted them. If I can be of help to anyone, please send me an email and I'll be happy to offer what advice I can.


Jason Raudenbush


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I would like to start out with the types of paint singal stage or base coat clear coat


I will start out with singal stage there are polyurethanes,enamel urethanes,acrylic urethanes and probably worst kinds


As far as I am concerned polyurethanes are the best


Base coat clear coat

there two types the automotive type or the industrial- commercial type

the automotive the base coat has no hardner if you chip your clear coat there is no protection oil, thinner or mother nature can easily get in between surface and clear base coat can easily wipe off with mild thinner or detergent may be easiest to apply possibly harder to repair due to crinkling for novice cheaper singal stage paint can have same crinkling problems


If you suffer from this problem use faster thinner use light coats, heat surface


industrial base coat has hardner- best


clear coat for b/c -As far as I am concerned polyurethanes are the best


Dupont line ranking


nason- economy automotive

chromabase-top of the line automtive


imron 3.5-industrial high voc singal stage

imron 5.0-industrial low voc singal stage

imron 3000 or 5000-industrial singal stage never used

imron 6000-industrial b/c very nice


imron aviation finishes singal stage af3500 and af400 for riveted

imron aviation finishes b/c af700 base and af740 clear

top fill primers uro 1140s may be discontinued

af uro 135202


I prefer imron or imron aviation finishes it has done well for me

follow the instructions use accelerator where allowed if orange peel reduce more

Sand everywhere use a good preclean r&m 900? or klean strip


Make sure your air compressor can keep psi for length of time you will be spraying use a hvlp gun


Be leary of paint shops using generic hardners you cant tell for a few years


Hope this helps

Jason Raudenbush


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1) I'd like to thank you for sharing your knowledge, it's been my experience professional painters keep their tips/tricks under lock an key ;)


2) The pix of the Velocity on your website looks pretty cool, I trust you had fun painting it.


3) Question (and you knew this was coming ;) ). I use a 2k all around, Chroma system color/clear, mostly on motor scooters. I'll probably be using the same for my Cozy. Would you recommend I add a touch of hardener to the base coat? It's called for in the recipe's, but I don't. I do add it to the clear though. Along with a bit of flat/flex additive just because.



Rick Hall; MK-IV plans #1477; cozy.zggtr.org

Build status: 1-7, bits of 8-9, 10, 14 done! Working on engine/prop/avionics.
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Just trying to keep homebuilds looking like factory planes or Better

Well, I think you're doing good :cool:

hope this helped


Mostly. I meant accellerator for the base coat (brain fart), I've never used it. It may prevent/reduce the base from washing out if you chip the clear, now that I read the data sheet.


I'm a few years out for paint, I may have a positive air mask by then, and may consider Imron too.


Keep up the good work, and thanks! :)



Rick Hall; MK-IV plans #1477; cozy.zggtr.org

Build status: 1-7, bits of 8-9, 10, 14 done! Working on engine/prop/avionics.
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As far as accellerator I was mainly referring to use in the Imron products.


Accellerator gives the painter a way of manipulating the paint by interacting

with the hardner along with slower and faster reducers achieve a nice wet look in vearying conditions, somedays hot-cold,large surfaces-small ect.


With that said accellerator in a non hardened base would not be recommended

such as chromabase as far as I know.




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