Recover or paint? - RC Groups
Thread Tools
Nov 23, 2012, 11:38 AM
"RC ADDICT" in Toronto!
wollins's Avatar

Recover or paint?

Let me start by saying that I love a good ARF ... HOWEVER, I prefer my planes to look "different" than everyone elses. So I tend to change the color schemes etc. I'm curious as to the preferred way of doing this though so thought I'd get some opinions.

Taking into consideration the following factors:

1. Weight
2. Ease of task
3. Durability

Would it be better to strip and recover or paint?


See my RC Boys Decathlon (Red scheme is the "before") as an example of one of my planes that I "transformed" by paint and minimal use of covering OVER TOP of original covering.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Jan 15, 2013, 09:17 AM
Registered User
Mike-A's Avatar
I would say that the decision would be based on your covering skills vs painting skills... I love to cover my planes! I find it relaxing and rewarding. And with so many choices of covering you could actually bring the weight DOWN if you select a lightweight covering. If you like to paint but are concerned about weight you could cover with lightweight covering and then airbrush very lightly a few coats, you would still get a weight savings if you are careful.
Another benefit of doing ONLY covering is the fact that due to temp changes the covering can wrinkle. Just apply an iron and you can fix that no problem... I would not do that with paint on the covering unless I was EXTREEMLY careful with temp and the force I applied with the iron...
Jan 16, 2013, 01:49 PM
Hope to get out of life alive
kenh3497's Avatar
This is me, but if I were painting a plane, it would be covered in a fabric material. The nice thing about fabric is it rarely sags, at least in my experience. There is no need to re-shrink it all the time so there is no issue with heat and paint.

I prefer paint, sprayed over glass/epoxy or fabric.


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion To paint or not to paint that is the ? jmn6755 Electric Heli Talk 3 May 16, 2012 01:44 AM
Discussion Need help recovering FPV plane near Denver, CO - Plane recovered! Vitamin_J FPV Aircraft 87 Jun 16, 2011 07:16 PM
Question Recover or Paint over covering IneptCorpse The Builders Workshop 8 Mar 25, 2011 02:21 PM
Discussion Parkzone Stryker F27B - To recover or not? Trancer Flying Wings 2 Mar 01, 2009 05:45 PM
Question Paint or recover fuselage? Remodel help needed for my Astro Viking. MISTERSCOTT Vintage & Old-Timer Designs 9 Apr 24, 2006 12:27 PM