This is the
stage that the most pronounced difference in the appearance
of the heli happens. You would THINK that it would be
the color, but the color really does not come out until the
clear coat goes on. This is a 2-part clear- and a
formulation no longer (unfortunately) used on new
vehicles. This older formulation is a super-deep clear
and cures to a diamond hard finish.
another view from the rear as the clear is applied.
arrived back at the bench, I "jambed" the Sunburst & Chaff
doors, as these were painted while shut.
invisible, a couple of layers of clear heat shrink protect
the paint on the tail skid where it touches the ground..
clear coat has hardened, the inevitable flecks of dust &
imperfections can be seen on the glossy surface. These
are first fixed by lightly sanding with 1200 grit glued to a
small piece of plywood.
step (and this is ESPECIALLY for "Satsuma" on the
ScaleRCHelis Forum- who went back and forth with me about
"Weathered after normal service use" finish)
consists of sanding with #2000 and finally #3000 grit
sandpaper, then buffing with rubbing compound. Finally, the
area is buffed with a grey glaze compound for a mirror-like
finish. (And YES Sats- see that little buffing wheel
on the dremel?? I CAN buff between rivets!!!)