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Old Nov 29, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Painting EDF fuses

I'm looking at painting my HL Rafale something other then grey. Anyone had any successes or failures with certain brands of paints that were supposed to be foam friendly?
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 11:21 AM
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put a couple of coats of polycrylic to cover the foam and paint it with any paint you want. if you dont then you will have to use water base paint and an airbrush.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 03:16 PM
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I use Krylon. Just use very light coats and the paint will not eat the foam.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 08:39 PM
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I have used both the water based spray Krylon and waterbase brushed polycrylic prior to using any spray paint. I prefer a base coat of waterbase brushed polycrylic at it makes the surface more resistant to scratches etc. I also didn't like the way the water based spray Krylon flowed out but like boomer said multiple thin coats works. Best of luck.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 08:47 PM
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I polycrylic my planes, lightly sand them smooth, repeat and then airbrush them with Apple barn water based paints (thinned with Windex) from Wally World. Then apply a light coat of clear matte finish (or gloss if you like) to seal the paint and add a little extra protection for belly flopping.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 09:24 PM
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I airbrush them with Deltacrome acrylic paints from Micheals or Hobby-Lobby ($0.70 each) craft stores thinned with denatured alcohol.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 10:04 PM
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All the above techniques work.

I find the MINWAX Polycrylic brushed or sprayed from a can makes a good sealer. Then lightly degloss prior to painting with any paint you want. Two coats is a good idea to make sure you don't bleed through.

I have also filled in the foam surface using solution of Durhams water putty and lightweight spackle thinned so you can brush it on with a foam brush. Two coats sanded between coats then you can seal with Minwax WB Poly or use Krylon H20 primer to seal the surface. Below is Sapac F22 Military Jet I used the technique on. My base color was Duplicolor acrylic enamel (car paint) and the top coat was Duplicolor clear. The fluorescent orange stripes are from a Krylon spray can.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 08:15 AM
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Testors spray cans at your LHS work great on foam. No issues.

I find the flat paints to come out nicer... but that could be related to my lack of painting skills!!
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 08:29 AM
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Some background info on how I painted my TA-4K is in a blog entry here:

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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:02 AM
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You can also airbrush Tamiya paints.I use the Tamiya gray primer out of the can,the airbrush what ever color I need.
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Old Dec 09, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Not to thread jack,but I was wondering. When you paint a foam plane how much weight does it add to the plane. Is it noticable in the perforance of the plane.

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