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Old Jun 21, 2007, 12:21 PM
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FunJet Paint Designs

How about showing us some interesting paint designs on the Fun Jet
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 01:01 PM
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Along with how to guides

Things like how to not get paint under the masking tape - or pull paint off with masking tape. What you coat the paint in to not scratch up too bad.

I'm going to try covering my new FJ (will be an experience as never done this so will see how hard it is to cover rounded objects without creasing...) in the next couple of weeks when I get the CF/HS65s I need for the build and some paints. Will see how this helps/hinders both painting and flying.

If there's any interest/activity in this post I'll take pics along the way to show how it turns out.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 01:50 PM
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Here's a simple paint job on a FunJet - I used a yellow/black color scheme, and spray painted entire sections. No masking tape necessary. I sprayed the bottom of the wings and the entire canopy section black (except for the top canopy pieces), and sprayed the top of the wings/upper canopy pieces yellow. Spray paint used was Krylon Short-Cuts, which is safe for Elapor and pretty much every type of foam, including depron. I glassed with 2-3 coats of water-based Minwax Polycrylic (clear gloss) to bring out the color and add a nice finish. The polycrylic does well for protecting the paint underneath, and also adds some abrasion resistance to the bottom of the fuselage for those landings on rough/dry grass.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 03:28 PM
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How about showing us some interesting paint designs on the Fun Jet
Thanks for ideas and info Thanks rcnewb....keep posting them this is really interesting and fun and a great help to a lot of us FunJet Fanatics. The Yellow and Black scheme looks good ,fairly easy to paint and easy to see in the sky ..well done.
The How To's will be very welcome indeed keep em comming, pic's as well.Thanks pedroski
The FunJet is just such a blast to fly and enjoy and although the White Plane with a few trims does look spectacular ..other colours and designs will increase the Fun aspect of it all and personalize the FunJet.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 04:28 PM
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tony -

Here's a brief How To:

Spray Painting:

Avoid acetone and other acid-based spray paints on Elapor. Only acid-free spray paint should be used. Krylon Short-Cuts is a safe option, there are others out there that work, but make sure you exercise due diligence when selecting paints.

Depending on your own preferences, some people prefer to "seal" the FunJet with water-based polycrylic (i.e. Minwax) before painting for a smoother paint surface. I have personally never applied any sort of clear coat prior to spray painting, I have always applied paint directly to the foam, then "glassed" afterwards.

Avoid spray painting inside your home - the fumes alone should deter you from doing so. Apply Krylon Short-Cuts using quick, brief sprays from approximately 6" away from the foam. Continue to apply light coats until the desired color is achieved. The paint might drip/run if over applied. The spray paint will dry to the touch in about 15-30 minutes.

Glassing/Finishing

Glassing can be accomplished in a number of ways, but I recommend applying a water-based Polycrylic directly to the paint in the case of a FunJet, as fiberglass cloth will simply add extra weight. Water-based Poly can be purchased at pretty much any store that sells paint and/or wood finishes.

For the first coat, apply the water-based Poly as thinly as possible. It will also dry to the touch quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes. However, let it dry for a couple of hours, then sand lightly with 220 grit (or finer), and apply a 2nd coat in the same way. You can add more coats as needed, but keep in mind that you are adding weight with each coat. If you are applying decals, it'll work out well if you add the decals after the first coat has dried, then apply the next coat of poly right over the decals. This helps in achieving a more uniform surface.

Water-based Poly will really bring out the color of your FunJet, it will also add a nice gloss and protect your FunJet from minor scratching/abrasions during harder landings on rough/dry grass.

Tape and other adhesives will easily pull off the paint and gloss from your FunJet, a solid week of dry time should make your paint/finish more durable, but you will still need to be careful around adhesives and tape.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 10:41 PM
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Hi TonyJay, I covered my Funjet with Econo-Kote and was very pleased with the results. Just take your time and it will look great.

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Old Jun 21, 2007, 10:52 PM
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Pictures after a MAJOR repair.

I have no trouble seeing this one in flight

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Old Jun 22, 2007, 05:55 AM
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Funjet Designs

AWESOME ...Some really beautiful FunJets , the yellow and black/orange looks AWESOME ... keep posting ideas and showing pic's please.......this is really exciting. KEEP POSTING
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 06:57 AM
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Just used blue tape and spray paint. No one can see the blemishes when it's zooming by at hypersonic speed
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 07:01 AM
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BTW, the FJ's older big brother,TJ, is my avatar. Black and yellow is very visible in almost any type/time of day.

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Painters Touch from Home Depot...dries to a decent hard finish and easy to work with.

I dont sand the nubs off anymore or use a glass coat. Tape w/ regular masking tape.

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Old Jun 22, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Santeepat, I was going to copy your paint scheme on mine. Shweet dude!

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Old Jun 22, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Funjet Designs

THIS RESPONSE IS REALLY PLEASING.....please keep posting thanks...
HOW ABOUT US STARTING UP A FUNJET CLUB......you know similar to the Porche club .. .let me know what your thoughts are please.
THIS RESPONSE IS REALLY PLEASING.KEEP POSTING !!!
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 09:18 AM
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funjet paintjob

hello fellas, here is my paintjob for the funjet.....also yesterday as i did serch after serch looking for a paint sceme for my new ducted fan model, i just found scattered posts at best. i thout rc groupes needed a new forum for this. i posted it for a new forum request, if anyone thinks is good, please go review it, and post a "yes" i think it would be great to gather all kinds of info on model finishing. tonyjay, nice topic for a thread....i hope you dont mind my post, actually if the forum is a reality, i would very much like your thread to be the first one in ther.....if you dont mind tony. peace, randy.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Okay, this pic has more than just one plane, but the FJ is part of the group. The florescent orange stands out pretty good, but the green isn't as noticeable (wish I could have found some florescent purple Rustoleum). The larger orange surface on the AcroMaster REALLY stands out...especially head on. And no...no batteries required!

P.S. I hand colored in ~2" black checkerboard on the bottom of the wing with a Sharpie. The high contrast really makes the bottom of the FJ stand out in flight.
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