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Painting your Phantom

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wildernessmedic, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Wildernessmedic

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    One of the first things I want to do is paint my Phantom 2. What kind of paint is ok, and what should be avoided? I don't want to have some kind of terrible interaction with the plastic. I'm thinking all black or maybe countershading...
     
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    There are a few vids on YouTube regarding painting them. Flat black looks pretty mean :D
     
  3. Pacman

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    Two coats of acrylic spray paint works well...
     

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  4. Wildernessmedic

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    Nice. Love it. I watched a couple videos on Youtube. A little confused on the taping off. Most of them showed taping off a lot of areas. But the final pics looked like every little crack was painted. Did they tape, paint, remove the tape then paint the detail by hand?
     
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    I just removed the top shell of the Phantom and taped over the ventilation holes from the inside before spraying the whole of the outside. I wasn't brave enough to attempt the bottom half of the shell, which would have involved a lot of fiddly taping and/or removing the motors and wiring, etc. I'm happy enough with the result.
     
  6. EMCSQUAR

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    It's not difficult, just take you time and protect/mask off to prevent overspray on internals & motors.
     

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  7. Wildernessmedic

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    Just say it was intentional counter shading haha
     
  8. Wildernessmedic

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    Would painting the blades cause big problems with flight.
     
  9. reALIGNed

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    You could, but use a paint that is flexible once it dries, and then manually balance the props so you don't get vibrations.
     
  10. Wildernessmedic

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    Ok il probably just buy black carbon fiber props.

    Here's a stupid question. On my landing skids I spray painted them. They look good except for one spot on each at the bottom where I guess the excess paint ran. It looks like a little line of darker glossy black. Can I sand this, repaint, paint over, or just live with it not being perfect?
     
  11. reALIGNed

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    Depends on which paint you used. And if it already dried completely, repainting it may create a wrinkle finish as the new wet paint tries to dissolve the dried paint, before the final coat cures. I know Krylon makes a good paint that is flexable and is "repaintable", its called Fusion (by Krylon).
     
  12. Wildernessmedic

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    I'm just going to live with it. The paint job is pretty crappy anyway. My taping skills aren't so good, and I couldn't get some areas to not show any white. Oh well, at least it's MOSTLY black and hopefully will fly soon...haha..
     
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    keep in mind, if you loose it in the woods, trees, shaded areas, it will be harder to see. Its white for a reason.
     
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    Also black is the color that attracts the sun the most (gets hotter), and white attracts the sun the least (stays cooler).

    Black is awesome, however I saw some guys paint the shell on their AR Drone all black, only to see the plastic melt at 90 degree weather after leaving it outside for 10 minutes.

    I may go with a yellow to easily see it. A white phantom on a cloudy day should be no fun.
     
  15. bpatty

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    Just finished a paint job on my Phantom 2 after seeing a couple of F-16 photos based at a Texas Air Guard Base down near Houston. Liked the scheme so thought I would give it a try. Here is how it finished up. I take the gray props off for flight just in case there might be a balance problem with the light coat of paint on them.
     

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  16. bpatty

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    Here is the second F-16 and the copter doing an engine "run-up".
     

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    "The best"? I don't think we can all agree with that at all. I haven't seen a hydrodip that I like yet. They're all pretty dang ugly, IMHO.

    You get much more flexibility (and a better result) if you paint it.
     
  19. thedjiguy

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    I beg to differ :) I'm sure we can find a design you like. Here are a few more options:
     

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    Ummmm... nope. They look like someone splattered cheap paint on a Phantom.

    Like I said... I doubt we can all agree. You like hydrodip, that's your opinion. I don't, that's my opinion.