How do you guys keep your paint job from getting beat up during final assembly/decaling?

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How do you guys keep your paint job from getting beat up during final assembly/decaling?

Joined: January 14th, 2010, 4:10 pm

July 16th, 2017, 8:07 pm #1

Seems like no matter how careful I am, I always manage to paint chipping and/or similiar damage to those high-wear arease like the bottom of the fuselage or leading/trailing edges of wings/stabilizers. Are any of you successful at preventing this? Would love to hear how you do it! TIA
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Joined: January 8th, 2011, 10:50 pm

One thing I do

July 16th, 2017, 8:54 pm #2

Is that once a kit starts getting paint is it is always placed on an bit of old cotton t-shirt or is always between the build and whatever surface its resting on. I also try to keep the points of contact that I pick up and hold the kit by limited and in easy spots to touch up.
Last edited by type99 on July 16th, 2017, 10:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: September 26th, 2006, 5:52 pm

Couple of things....

July 16th, 2017, 9:55 pm #3

Seems like no matter how careful I am, I always manage to paint chipping and/or similiar damage to those high-wear arease like the bottom of the fuselage or leading/trailing edges of wings/stabilizers. Are any of you successful at preventing this? Would love to hear how you do it! TIA
.... once the paint is on, before decals or fiddly bits, a good gloss coat of lacquer, soft cotton (T-shirt, etc.) over a foam cradle, and white cotton gloves are a must. (My perspiration/finger oils will strip epoxy paint!). HTH
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Joined: July 8th, 2008, 10:57 am

Let me guess...

July 16th, 2017, 10:44 pm #4

Seems like no matter how careful I am, I always manage to paint chipping and/or similiar damage to those high-wear arease like the bottom of the fuselage or leading/trailing edges of wings/stabilizers. Are any of you successful at preventing this? Would love to hear how you do it! TIA
Are you using a water- or alcohol-based acrylic? That's the main reason why I switched to a lacquer-based paint several years ago and haven't looked back. Also, I always use a good lacquer primer.

Stuart
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Joined: January 14th, 2010, 4:10 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys!

July 17th, 2017, 11:38 am #5

Seems like no matter how careful I am, I always manage to paint chipping and/or similiar damage to those high-wear arease like the bottom of the fuselage or leading/trailing edges of wings/stabilizers. Are any of you successful at preventing this? Would love to hear how you do it! TIA
I'll be trying some of your suggestions!
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Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

Allow the paint to thoroughly dry/cure before handling.

July 17th, 2017, 1:45 pm #6

Seems like no matter how careful I am, I always manage to paint chipping and/or similiar damage to those high-wear arease like the bottom of the fuselage or leading/trailing edges of wings/stabilizers. Are any of you successful at preventing this? Would love to hear how you do it! TIA
Then use cotton gloves to handle. If you can still smell paint, it ain't thoroughly dry/cured.
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
IPMS-Canada #1426
CAHS #5646
Carrollton, TX

Proud IPMS-USA Low Number Thumper!
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