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Old Oct 11, 2010, 11:44 AM
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i was going to invite you to my house but i had strawberry waffles with belgian syrup
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 11:46 AM
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Dang... I missed out on that, too?!
Old Oct 11, 2010, 12:19 PM
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I also had waffles...but with bacon and eggs instead. You could have some but it's 3 hours to get here
Old Oct 11, 2010, 02:18 PM
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 02:42 PM
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 02:43 PM
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 03:06 PM
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 04:31 PM
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I'm refurbishing a glass BD-5 that has passed through a lot of different people's hands. I think it has about 20 layers of paint. I'm feeling so lazy about it, and don't feel like sanding off all that paint. I'm trying out some water-based paint stripper gel. I've got it slopped on, and it's wrinkling up that paint pretty nicely. I just hope it doesn't do any damage to the epoxy/fiberglass underneath the paint.
Old Oct 11, 2010, 08:05 PM
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Now I can decide what to do.

I did the first wing half with the paint stripper. It took several applications because of all the layers of paint. It was very easy to do: just slop it on, go watch TV, and then go back and scrape off the paint. I was surprised to find out that there was carbon fiber on the wing and the leading edge of the ailerons. However, this method strips everything off the fiberglass. There were a bazillion (yes, that's a real number) large pinholes and larger air bubbles in the surface of the layup, which had been filled in with all that paint. Whoever built this plane had a lot of air bubbles trapped under the mylar when bagging the wings.

So, on the second wing I used some elbow grease and spent an hour sanding down all the paint. This had the benefit of maintaining a smooth surface that's free of all those pesky pinholes.

Now I have to bondo up the wing half where I used the paint stripper, and get that sanded down, so I'm not sure if there is any labor savings or not.

BTW, removing the paint from just the top of the wings reduced the AUW by 8oz! I still have to strip down the rest of the plane, so I'll be able to make this thing quite a bit lighter if I go easy on the new paint job.
Old Oct 11, 2010, 09:46 PM
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Carbon, Kevlar, fiberglass. . . Bulletproof glider?
Old Oct 12, 2010, 03:04 AM
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What? Where did everyone go? Did I scare you away with my awesomeness?
Old Oct 12, 2010, 03:07 AM
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What? Where did everyone go? Did I scare you away with my awesomeness?
Oh, puhhhhleeeeeze!
Old Oct 12, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Carbon, Kevlar, fiberglass. . . Bulletproof glider?
Or.... air intake, exhaust...EDF!!!
Old Oct 12, 2010, 01:42 PM
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I was a little bit intimidated...


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