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Feb 13, 2012, 08:32 PM
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Painting on Real Carbon Fiber


We are building a full carbon fiber skin rc plane. How should we go about painting over the carbon fiber?
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Feb 14, 2012, 12:19 PM
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just like any other composite airframe. sand and fill imperfections, prime, fill some more, sand again, prime again, sand/scuff for paint, then paint
Mar 19, 2012, 07:24 PM
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What kind of primer and paint do you guys recommend on composite skins?
Mar 23, 2012, 02:41 PM
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I would paint the mylars before creating the part. It's fairly typical in the sailplane world. Also, most CF parts start with a thin layer of fiberglass so Klass Kote is the best painted finish IMHO
Aug 20, 2012, 07:51 PM
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Does anybody know what type of paint (metallic or whatever) would work best? And also is it wise to put a gloss coat over when I'm done?
Aug 29, 2012, 07:52 AM
B12
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Generally acrylic two component car paints are the best. They have lots of pigment to cover extremely well and stand all kinds of solvents and fuel. They also dry fast. Clearcoat is not necessary except for metallic. It only adds weight but sure is glossy.


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