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Old 03-10-2016, 03:08 AM
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I've received my multiplex dogfighter and would love to be able to pain it.
Been reading a lot on how much of a PITA elapor is to paint bust most of the info is a few years old.
Ive seen videos of painted multiplex planes so I know it can be done.
There is multiplex primer and paint but it is not available to north american customers.
What works these days?
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:51 AM
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Get to a paint shop. Choose the colour you want from the charts. Get the girl / boy to mix up common gloss paint or better still for one coat cover ... household vinyl wall paint.

If you want even lighter ... then ask them for water based pigment - our shops sell this in bottles that you can add to fence paint, wall paint, poster paint ... or use on its own. Its similar to what the factory paint looks like ... But it does not crack and flake like theirs does.



I have all sorts of colours in this stuff and its brill. Doesn't hurt any foam of any kind. It covers well, dries quick, wash brushes with water. Once dry it is persistent but not waterproof. But for normal flying sites is fine.
But that is easily solved. I use a clear gloss acrylic spray over top and it glistens !! The first paint protects the foam ...

Another way to get gloss finish is plain clear varnish thinly brushed over top. That's my way anyway ...

It is difficult to find the usual paints people advise for this job where I live .. so I have had to sort out alternative. I've even used coloured Inks.... that gives effect similar to what you see on profile EPP models.

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Old 03-10-2016, 11:34 AM
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Hmm. Never even thought of using wall paint.
Makes sense though as it is very flexible.
What brush do you use to apply it thinly enough and not leave brush marks everywhere?
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
Hmm. Never even thought of using wall paint.
Makes sense though as it is very flexible.
What brush do you use to apply it thinly enough and not leave brush marks everywhere?
Common 1" or less brush from same shop !!

Artists brushes for cutting in / fine work.

The paint actually flows and brush marks are not a problem.

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Fantastic. If the results are good ill be painting all my foamies.
Thanks Nigel
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My ME109 as factory ................



Then a quick repaint job .. with wall paint :



and then finally a full strip and repaint job with wall paint top and bottom, all markings / lines etc, by marker pen :







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Old 03-10-2016, 06:14 PM
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Very nice.
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cheap sample Home depo water based house paint brushed on .
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