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Old Oct 16, 2003, 11:13 AM
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Paint?

What paint should I use for painting the inside of a clear plastic canopy such as comes with the Eolo?

I have found Acrylic and Polycarbonate paint and donít know which to get. I will be using a brush.
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Old Oct 16, 2003, 12:24 PM
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If the Canopy is made of Lexan which is a brand name of the material polycarbonate, use the paint for Polycarbonate. Your going to want to paint the canopy from the inside. Basically the same way they paint the car bodies. If your'er using a brush, the end result may not be as good as airbrushing or spray painting. if your using multiple colors you will have to make sure you mask and layer correctly.
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Old Oct 16, 2003, 01:01 PM
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pactra makes a line of paints that are designed for painting the interior of clear lexan RC car bodies. they should work well on the eolo canopy. my LHS carries pactra paints, so yours might too.
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Old Oct 16, 2003, 05:42 PM
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Parma FasKolor is a water based airbrushing paint for R/C car bodies. I use it and it works well. Sprays well right from the bottle and cleans up easy. For airbrushing Pactra requires thinning and is a pain to clean up because it's a laquer based paint

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Old Oct 20, 2003, 01:07 PM
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I've tried to paint strips on the tail roters of my Eco 8, and it just peals off. Do you have any ideas as to what paint and preporations to make, to do a nice paint job on these rotors. I'm using the stock plastic blades and have tried sanding lightly, but that didn't work either.
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 01:28 PM
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Krylon makes a paint specifically for plastic. The only place Ive seen it so far is at walmart.
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 01:38 PM
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You can also try pinstriping paint, it may or may not be more than you'd like to spend though. You can get it from a local custom paint shop or a local airbrush shop.

I never tried it on plastic but I do pinstriping on automobiles and the only prep is to clean the surface properly and it sticks solid to automotive clearcoats with no scuffing whatsoever so it might work well for your needs.
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 04:02 PM
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I've tried to paint strips on the tail roters of my Eco 8, and it just peals off. Do you have any ideas as to what paint and preporations to make, to do a nice paint job on these rotors. I'm using the stock plastic blades and have tried sanding lightly, but that didn't work either.
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Scuff it with sandpaper and clean it with denatured alcohol.

You can use all sorts of paints. Krylon makes some really nice paints that can be used on plastics. Pactra R/C car paint will work. Midwest Formula U is also very good and flexible (won't flake off like Krylon is known to do). Various other automotive paints can be used, but they are expensive. Some plastics just don't accept paint very well. I would recommend a laquer type paint because it'll bond to the plastic better than an acrylic.

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Old Oct 20, 2003, 04:21 PM
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Thank you all, for the information. This gives me a place to start. I was using Testers modeling paint, thinking "Hey, this is a model" and it just peals off like it was on wax paper. I will now have to do some shopping. Thanks again!
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