Day 46 - silver spray and stencils      Hours today: 14      Hours so far: 531


Stencils!

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Hmmm... attacking fabric and a shiny smooth surface with sandpaper does not seem natural! The UV spray acts a bit like a filler coat so lumps can be carefully sanded out. I used 400 grit sandpaper, which is more like denim than anything which could do any damage. Then I cleaned the whole thing with C-2210 paint cleaner from Polyfiber, which does not affect the poly paints.

The final coat of UV silverspray before the topcoat. I still don't understand where all the bits of dust come from...

Under all this blue paint is a stencil. I went to my local signwriters and got him to produce a vinyl cut stencil for my registration letters. Details of sizes are outlined in CAP 523 available here. The wing stencil is eight feet long - more later. I used plastic sheeting for masking around the stencil. Here, the fuselage has been painted with silver top coat, very similar to the UV polyspray, just a bit shinier. I used some retarder and waited for the temperature to drop before spraying - this should produce a glossier finish.

The result of the stencil. The Nevada Silver top coat is quite thick, needs a great deal of stirring and is easy to over-apply. The Indigo Blue top coat, in contrast, is quite thin, much easier to apply and a bit shinier. It needs much less reducer and retarder - causing a few problems while getting used to it! Both top coats take masking tape well, although my vinyl stencil was very sticky and left a lot of adhesive behind - which was easily cleaned off with the C-2210 cleaner.

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