Elevators Prime

First “ice-day” of this winter, which is a day where the temperature doesn’t go above freezing point. However I do need to Prime the Elevator parts in order to finish the Empennage. My solution is to use an old electrical heater, to heat the workshop to at least 18°C. It took the whole morning and part of the afternoon, while I was scuffing the parts with Scotch-Brite pads and cleaning it up with degreaser (KRISTAL Aqua Ontvetter).

During scuffing and degreasing (let’s call it cleaning), I remembered that I should first scuff then dimple and after that degrease. Now I just wear the Scotch-Brite pads for no reason. Degreasing is also better after dimpling, but I probably grease the skin up again.

Last step before Priming the Elevator parts is the preparation of th paint. I use the light-green, one component self-etching wash primer (Sikkens Washprimer 1K CF) and mix it 2:1 with a reducer (Sikkens Reducer). This combination keeps the paint workable for at least one hour.

I definitely get better at my spray paint gun handling, but I’m still not satisfied. Although the result is not bad.

One improvement is increasing the work light while painting. Especially after spraying for 30 minutes and not having a professional air vent system, it get’s harder to see the result while spraying. Next time I’ll experiment with construction lighting, although this could produce shadows, so some experimentation is necessary.

Time: 4 Hours, Rivets: 0/0


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