Build Log RV-10 #1

Blog for a Vans RV-10 Airplane Build

Fuselage Paint

Started this last evening on prepping the fuselage for paint.  Started with getting some of extra items that will be in the way off, the exhaust for example.  Then worked on closing up some of the opening so that the paint does not drift into the cabin and get all over. 

I decided to paint with the horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer on the fuselage so that is creating a couple of small issues, but think it should be ok. 

The biggest challenge so far is to find a good transition around the windows.  What I have decided to do is paint right to the edge I already have around the windows, then when completed with the paint I will take some fine line tape and tape in that edge about 1/8" and another tape right at the edge of the paint, then fill this small 1/8" gap in with some proseal.  This will make the edge transition a bit better, make the windows more waterproof, and also give the windows a nice black outline that I think will turn out to look pretty cool.  Guess we will see. 

Below are some pictures of the process so far, more will come. 

EDIT:  Well, the fuselage is painted.  Since this is my first paint job and know nothing about painting, I have to say I am pretty satisfied with how it turned out.  I am sure that some professional would pick it apart, but that is ok, I can say I did everything on this plane myself.  Added more photos below.

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