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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Painting the Wings

This last weekend I decided to tackle one of the wings.  Was not sure how it would go so I decided not to try and get both wings done at the same time. 

When applying the Sherwin Williams Aerospace Acry Glo you have certain time frames between coats and colors.  That is what concerned me the most.  

One you get apply the corrosion protection epoxy/primer you have 72 hours to get the base coat of paint sprayed.  Then once the base coat is applied, you have 24 hours to do the striping, which consists of three different colors for my scheme, and then apply the clear coat.  This cuts it pretty close so I used an accelerator to speed up the tape time on the 3 metallic color that are applied.

Got one of the wings done and think it is turning out pretty good.  Not absolutely perfect but for an amateur, cannot complain. 

Check out the pics below and you can see the progress in the full gallery.   ( More pics will be coming as I get more done.)


Starting to Paint

For the past few weeks I have been prepping for primer and paint.  Started with the fiberglass parts and they were quite the challenge to get all the pinholes filled.  But finally got them. 

This process is going very slowly as I am a very amateur painter.  Learning as I go.  Little practice on small parts then off to the plane parts. 

I chose to use the Sherwin Williams Aerospace Acry Glo and Jet Glo paints.  They have been great to work with so far.  My biggest fear was painting the metallic as I did not want the mottling effect.  Did the wheel pants and they came out great. 

Hopefully over the next couple of weeks I can get the rest of plane painted, then on to final construction.

Click on the images below to take you to the painting gallery.