Challenger with housepaint


Here are pictures of the Challenger II painted by Robert G. Schawalder

Discusson on the Flychallenger list:


Robert wrote:
I just finished my wings this AM with SW's best outdoor latex. At $42 a gallon I couldn't be more pleased and when you shine a light from inside there is no penatration, meaning that the first coat of grey is blocking any UV. I know it's dealers choice how you do your own finishing and I was just as pleased with the Poly Fiber products I used on my first airplane, but the biggest differance I can find is that I spent about $2000 less! It's worth looking at as an option.

Allen asked:
> Did you spray all your coats, or use a brush/roller. Also was it high gloss latex enamel?

Robert answers:
I rolled the fuselage after adding flotrol since I did this in my basement over the winter. Came out nice and smooth when dry. The wings I used flotrol the same but sprayed with a Wagner electric. I hung the wings and the first light coat was north and south and the second was east and west a bit heavier to cover. Both are the high gloss.

Vilis Nams asked:
> does the paint cover the weave of the cloth?

Robert answers:
Yes it does. Since I did most of the covering in my basement this past winter I used the Ceconite fabric (2.7 oz.) with Cecobond water based cement. The Cecobond is also used as a filler, same as poly brush. I sprayed one coat of a grey SW latex as a UV blocker and white over top. No light penatration at all and shines similar to Aerothane.


You can contact Robert directly at but it'd be good if you'd send your questions through the Flychallenger list so we can all see the discussion. [Ed]


The wings will have a blue trim same as tail feathers.