Challenger with housepaint
Here are pictures of the Challenger II painted by Robert G. Schawalder
Discusson on the Flychallenger list:
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.
> Did you spray all your coats, or use a brush/roller. Also was it high gloss
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?
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.