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Thread: Painting Cleveland Tailwheel

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    Default Painting Cleveland Tailwheel

    Hello All,

    Looking for considered opinions on painting the two wheel halves of a Cleveland tailwheel for a Scott 3200.
    Specifically, should I paint the two inner “faces” that are separated by my new paper gasket or leave them unpainted and spray some ACF 50 on them before joining the two halves with the new paper gasket.
    I’ll be using 2 part epoxy primer and topcoat.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Painting Cleveland Tailwheel

    I painted mine and then liberally applied Dow Corning silcone grease to the gasket. Kind of a belt and suspenders approach to corrosion control.

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    Default Re: Painting Cleveland Tailwheel

    Thanks Gilbert, so I’m clear, you did paint the mating surfaces? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFlyer View Post
    Thanks Gilbert, so I’m clear, you did paint the mating surfaces? Thanks!
    I painted the mating surfaces.

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    Thanks Gilbert for the clarification for me. I’ve heard the thoughts about paint being on the faces and with possible fretting the paint losing thickness and the bolts losing torque etc. always seemed a non issue in this case to me. The DC4 is a great idea with the faces being painted!

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    From the number I have had apart I believe they came from the factory with zink chromate on the mating surfaces.

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    Default Re: Painting Cleveland Tailwheel

    They are actually Scott halves but are painted on the back side as well as the front side. Alaskan Bushwheel makes new wheel halves that are painted on all surfaces.

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