Nose cone has primer, then 3 coats auto air black sealer, then three coats wicked jet black.
Thanks...totally surprised on the outcome for the first attempt...but if this is where things go up from here then I won’t always be irritated with painting anymore !
I've been looking at them, but have yet to use one.Took delivery of my LaserLOC 1.614 today and started assembling the motor mount. In this case it’s actually a 38 to 29mm adapter. Don’t know why but that’s always the first thing I start on.
All the parts are present and there was no damage in shipping.
I”m debating whether to make it dual deploy (I have an SMT BT60 av bay) or to build it single deploy with a baffle between the two motor tube sections. Either way it will need a nose cone bay for the GPS if it’s going to “go fast” or “go high”.
The advantage of the dual deploy setup is that I can fly it using only the booster and a small motor for MPR launches.
Thinking about a Rocketman 15’x6” streamer for visibility as well as recovery. Has anyone used one?
The optimal interval between coats is a bit of a mystery. Like you, I started with something like 20 minutes, but I have since whittled it down to something like 10 minutes, sometimes even a bit shorter. So applying a full color coat takes about 20-30 minutes.I have long wondered exactly what is meant by the Ruso 2X directions on the can that say to recoat within one hour or after 48. I could recoat after 30 seconds and that would be "withing one hour" but I doubted that's what is intended. Monday I read here that people much better at painting than I am use the one hour as a total window for building up the "multiple light passes" I read so much about, ten minutes apart. I took that to mean at least ten minutes, as long as all the passes are within the hour window.
In my experience, if I do a light sanding to smooth out the surface, and after sanding the rocket still has full coverage (no bare spots where I sanded through), then I finish with one good heavy coat and done. My best paint jobs were done that way.Yesterday I tried it that way. I have a black nose cone that had needed flash whittled away then sanding all around (so was now frosted), and I used gloss black in the prescribed method. Three light coats at 20 minute intervals. I checked the results this morning. No runs, mostly a good surface finish. A little bit of wrinkling in a couple of stripes, probably where my light passes were not quite light enough. Over the weekend I'll sand those out and go again, probably just one or two passes, this time in better light.
Be sure to post some pics.It's like "Wow, I've finally learned how to do this!"