Painting an aircraft with house paint, painting an ultralight aircraft with house paint. Someone queried the members of the EAA on their web site about using latex paint on aircraft, and the responses were interesting. Ultralight News Use this box to search our sites or the web! Web UltralightNews.
Latex Paint Application
Painting an ultralight, Latex painting method for painting your ultralights or ultralight aircraft.
Aircraft paint needs to handle harsh weather conditions, bend and flex, withstand different chemicals and still look good. Because of these rigorous demands, there are generally only two types of paint used for aircraft: epoxy and enamel, one of which is less hazardous but less durable and the other which is stronger but more expensive. Epoxy is a polyurethane paint formed by the reaction of a hardener and a resin. Epoxies are known for good adhesion to surfaces, high heat and chemical resistance and very good electrical insulation, all of which make it better than other paints, such as lacquer, for use with aircraft.
Painting a Fly Baby with Latex House Paint
Brushing is the cheapest and easiest method of applying latex. The most popular brushes are the inexpensive foam one, but some people use high-end bristle brushes. Brushing does not require a paint booth, simply a drop cloth to catch any drips. No masking is required either, unless multiple colors are used. But brushing typically leaves brushmarks in the finish.
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