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Task: Painted with the interior paint for the
was a big night! I was finally ready to experiment with the
Sherwin Williams JetFlex interior paint. The color we chose
was Sandy Beige. I read as much as I could on VAF about proper
preperation of the metal and setup of the HPLV gun. I also used
the SW documentation to guide the setup of the paint gun. It
specified 30-50 PSI for a smooth finish and reduced 10-20% DI
H2O. I decided to go in the middle and try 15% DI and 40PSI
at the gun. This setup worked PERFECTLY. The finish came out
really well! Once nice feature of SW JetFlex is how quick it
flashes. It does take about 2-3 weeks to fully cure, but its
ready to touch in about 20 minutes to flip parts, etc.
I started by mixing the paint well in the can. I then poured
10oz into a mixing cup. I added 1.5oz of DI H2O and mixed well.
I then filtered into the gun.
I started with two scrap pieces of metal. I was very happy with
the results so prepped a few parts to be painted.
are the very first parts I painted: the fuel valve cover and
throttle/mixture/prop control mounting bracket.
I prepped and painted several other interior parts
painting both sides and letting it dry for about 30 minutes,
I moved the parts to the work bench which I covered with thick
I started prepping more parts for the next painting session.
The process is started by lightly running ScotchBrite over the
parts. I then clean them with alcohol. Next I brlow them off
with compressed air. Finally I wipe them down with a TackCloth
made for water-reducable paints.