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    Most of the metal on our Clipper could use new paint, thought I'd pull the tank covers, cowling, and bungie covers, strip and prime them, and take them to a paint shop. Ran-thane's requirement for a supplied-air respirator has me thinking it's probably better done not in our garage. Might prepare them in groups and try to fly a little bit in between so the plane doesn't sit too long, then pull everything off for the color coat. Like to get your thoughts... Thanks !
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    That sounds like a reasonable plan. Stripping and prep is the most work.
    "You can only tie the record for flying low."

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    The Randolph Mark II for Metal range doesn't need an air fed mask:
    "Mark II should be used over primed metal or composite parts and is too brittle to be used over fabric. Mark II is a tough, long-lasting topcoat paint. Although Mark II is a two-part catalyzed paint it is not catalyzed with an isocyante, thus normal safety equipment (a charcoal filtered spray mask) is sufficient."

    I used that on my Vagabond cowlings etc. and got a finish that ranged from "perfect" to "near perfect"!
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    I am doing the same with my Pacer. I started the cowling and all the metal parts on the belly this year. Stripped and painted them. Some of the metal parts were so beat up, I made new ones. I am using the water based Stewart system. I really like it. Specially the clean up after painting is so much easier. In between working on the Pacer, I fly it before the next part comes off for refurbishment. I’ll do this until I run out of parts to take off. Then one of the wings will come off.

    Good luck with your “flying project”.

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    well the cowlings and tank covers are done ( and hubcaps ! )

    210524 newly painted cowlings.jpg

    probably wait until annual time for the nosebowl and doors... thanks for all the pointers ! Cheers
    Donn
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    Blue44,
    What colors are you using? I plan on doing my Clipper in the original Clipper scheme, but the Piper Ivory seems to be an elusive color. Iím planning on a dope finish, so Randolph colors most likely.


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    Nice, it looks good
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    I'm now a fan of Randolph "Sun Valley Ivory". I bought it this color and initially thought it too boring but it grew on me. The original colors from factory in 1956 for my PA22 were Red and White. As purchased, the sun valley ivory on my metal parts was darker than the dope on the fabric and I thought the fabric dope top color had faded. After ordering some dope for a small repair it matched the fabric very well so I concluded the metal enamel must be the "wrong" color. Over time some metal belly panel parts needed replacement and repair so I resprayed all the metal parts with Randolph enamel and was pleasantly surprised at how well the new enamel now matched the dope. Here's a pic from camping at Sun N Fun this year on an overcast day.IMG_4465.JPG No stripes or other embellishments at this point. Still debating that. I kind of like it one simple color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgapilot View Post
    What colors are you using ?
    Our plane was delivered in navy blue ( ! ) but was re-covered and painted in a Sun Valley Ivory in 1987. I sent Randolph an inspection cover and they matched it very well.
    Quite different from today's SVI but we can re-order by number now... Cheers
    Donn
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