26 Feb 05 - Interior Painting


Started interior painting today, which means (among other things) that it became necessary to actually decide on an interior paint color. The requirements were (a) not a gloss finish, (b) something that's fairly easy to shoot - i.e., just in spray paint cans, and (c) a fairly neutral color that will match the exterior color, whatever it is. It's probably going to be red, but as frequently as I've changed my mind . . . well, it would be nice to have something that would go with just about anything. It's fairly difficult to find a neutral color in a satin finish - in fact, the only one that we found was what we wound up using. Sort of a beige. Looks nice, though.


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A trip to Wal-Mart and Home Depot resulted in the following choices - a textured gray for the brakes, a hammered dark finish for the panel (which we're not anywhere close to painting), and the satin beige for the interior.
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Testing them all - the relative textures and colors show up pretty well, I think.
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Nice day - I like it when we can open the garage door like this. Parts are drying on the horizontal stab.
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More parts drying.
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Finishing the parts that we started making yesterday. These are all pretty straightforward, except for the one on the bottom that has to be bent to less than a 90 degree angle.
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Airbox primed and riveted together. Nutplates are in.
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Airbox - same thing, other end.

Well, we got a whole bunch of the parts painted, but still haven't touched the actual interior that won't come out of the plane. I think it's going to take a little bit of planning before we jump into that.

Now that the brake pedals are painted, though (sorry, forgot to take a picture), we can get those together for good - after we finish painting the forward inside part of the plane, we can get those in for good.




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