Re: COZY: picking up from paint - what to look for?

victor taylor

I used a paint mask for all my lettering and numbers. The local sign shop made mine. You put it on and peel off the top layer. Sand and paint, then pull off the rest. Worked perfect and is very easy to do. 

Victor Taylor
Velocity 93DV

On Jun 28, 2019, at 14:15, Andrew Anunson macleodm3@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:


I was planning to use vinyl for my numbers and graphics.... any recommendations for or against vinyl numbers / graphics?

Andrew Anunson

On ‎Thursday‎, ‎June‎ ‎27‎, ‎2019‎ ‎11‎:‎27‎:‎19‎ ‎PM‎ ‎EDT, Glen bob gcm2291@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:

Seems like vinyl would be the best rout for numbers.


On Jun 27, 2019, at 1:03 PM, Izzy Briggs inbriggs@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:


I had a similar problem painting the numbers on the Varieze. I initially used a single stage paint. The paint was thick and when it started to cure, it pulled a sloppy swoopy mess along the edges of the Nnumbers. 

I waited a day then sanded everything  back to primer and started over. This time I left the tape on until the paint dried. This time the paint came off in chips and left with a sharp jagged line.

So I sanded off a third time and changed paints.. This time I used single stage white to paint the base. Then I used basecoat to paint the numbers (brown and orange). After painting the basecoat, the  template came off easily and left nice clean lines. I then lightly sanded and used a clear coat over the whole winglet not just the number. So far it’s working.

The. I went to the Bahamas in April. CBP didn’t like my numbers at all. So I used orange tape and made new ones! 


On Jun 27, 2019, at 11:22, Buly bulent.enginegear@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:


It sounds as a common sense thing, but my hangar mate years back, took his plane to a professional plane painting outfit. Had it done and after drying for few days he brought his CZ back. I could not believe what I was seeing. The fine line and masking tape around the windshield and the windows was still on. 
I told him it is a big problem and it is going to hurt. He did not think so, until tried to pull the tape. Paint was lifting in a ugly jagged line. 
The painter should have pulled the tape off soon after finishing with the spray gun.
Just something to consider.

On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 11:09 AM Izzy Briggs inbriggs@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:

You should have used a blue paint gun. 


On Jun 27, 2019, at 10:41, Bob Holliston bob.holliston@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:


I recently painted my LongEZ , the third one I've painted and it's a really big deal. The actual spraying takes less than 8 hours, the prep hundreds. I wouldn't do it for less than 20 K. The only way to do it right (my opinion) is to disassemble everything. I counted 46 separate parts to paint. 

On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 6:20 AM Izzy Briggs inbriggs@... [canard-aviators] <canard-aviators@...> wrote:

How did the guy balance the controls exactly?

How much weight was added to the plane? Did you get a before and after weight?

How long should the paint cure before it can return to service? Some paints need to sit for a week or so before it can handle a bugs face at 200.

Make sure there’s no leftover paper or tape anywhere, especially the engine area and the brakes. Bring a flashlight. 

Make sure all doors and panels can be opened or removed that they weren’t painted shut. 

Drips can be mitigated by some skilled use of a razor blade and rubbing compound without too much difficulty so don’t sweat them too much. 


On Jun 26, 2019, at 20:41, Christian Bailey <aetm12@...> wrote:

On the recommendations from a few folks on this list, I just had my Berkut painted at Kracon in Lincoln, CA.


They completed the job only a couple of days past the two weeks promised, which seems incredible. So I'm going tomorrow to pick her up.


I will do a careful inspection of the job, looking for runs and overspray.


On my safety list is a thorough preflight, particularly including canard attachment bolts and wires, and full travel of all controls (I brought a protractor to check the travel). They had an A&P balance the controls and make a logbook entry.


Tapping the collective braintrust here – anything else you’ve seen or heard of a paint shop mess up that I should look out for?



Berkut 540 N6212

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