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##### Well-Known Member
"Be thankful that you have a wife who cares about rocketry and do whatever it takes to keep her interested."

Does have its good points, she does ask "Have you made reservations for MWP?"

However, she never asks "How much did that cost?" because SHE KNOWS!

#### jqavins

##### Joseph Avins
TRF Supporter
My wife and I are building a Wildman 3 inch Dark Star together.

I like the look of the unpainted black fiberglass tubing so I don't want to paint it. However she wants to paint the rocket.

So I need some advice on how to solve this problem.
Get a new wife who likes rockets naked.

OK, seriously, my answer is similar to the half-and-half suggestions, but better (imo, of course). Work together on a paint scheme that incorporates the unpainted black. Something that accents the black and also benefits from it. And I emphasize working together to come up with such a scheme so in the end you're both happy with it.

#### Peartree

##### Cyborg Rocketeer
Staff member
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Get a new wife who likes rockets naked.

OK, seriously, my answer is similar to the half-and-half suggestions, but better (imo, of course). Work together on a paint scheme that incorporates the unpainted black. Something that accents the black and also benefits from it. And I emphasize working together to come up with such a scheme so in the end you're both happy with it.
I was thinking along those lines as well. Find some paint scheme that utilizes the "black" of the Carbon fiber or the "green" of bare fiberglass (whichever you have) and then just clearcoat that as a part of the overall design.

#### blackjack2564

##### Crazy Jim's Gone Banana's
TRF Supporter
Solve both problems by painting with black Metallic paint still looks like tubing but painted....lol Sections of airframe painted and not. No need for primer go right over tube and super high gloss.
check out the sticky at top of high power thread for all the details of build DarkStar 3 in.

#### Steven

His and hers is still the best way, no reason or room for compromise of any kind. I always prefer having my cake and eat it, compromise is the absolute last resort we use.

#### GrouchoDuke

##### Well-Known Member
Paint it exactly how she wants it. Duh.

#### manixFan

##### Not a rocket scientist
As the joke goes, "My wife wanted a dog but I didn't, so we compromised and got a dog."

I think most folks here missed the intended humor in the OP's post, his last line, after scrolling down, is "what color?"

Tony

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#### MikeyDSlagle

##### Well-Known Member
Compromise and paint it the color she wants to paint it.
BWHAHAHA!!!
I laughed a little too hard at this!

Has she ever painted/finished a rocket before? To what level of detail?
One option is to lead her to a thread here that shows how much of a PITA it can be to achieve a nice finish.
Another option is paint it yourself. Take weeks with curing, sanding, spraying, repeat, repeat....repeat. Maybe she'll rethink it.
And another is let her paint it and just leave it at that.

Come up with a scheme that incorporates a significant amount of black. Mask off the black areas so after all is said and done all of the black will be bare fiberglass. Then clear coat, especially if you'll be wet sanding, so you don't inadvertently, uhm, fade to black.
Examples to be left black:
Roll patterns
Name
Striping
Flames
Nose cone
Fins

I've always liked yellow, "alien" green, or orange with black. But really most anything goes with black. I've done Carbon red with flat black (turned out REALLY nice), Emerald green metallic, blue, and purple with black as well. All look good.

My near-wife has mentioned twice now that she wants to build a rocket. I picked up an Estes Executioner to give her for Christmas. We'll see how this goes. It may be a good thing the doctor put me on beta blockers.

All else aside...you know what to do. If not, she'll set ya straight.

#### Andrew_ASC

##### UTC SEDS 2017 3rd/ SEDS 2018 1st
Let her paint it. What a novel idea!!! *REMOVED PROFANITY* Love It!!!!!

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#### Jmhepworth

##### Well-Known Member
TRF Supporter
I don’t like painting rockets, but a little poem by Ogden Nash comes to mind.

“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up.”

Ogden Nash

Shut up and paint the rocket.

Joe