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Should I paint my replacement body chameleon color??

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by JonEQuest, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. JonEQuest

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    I had a recent disagreement with my neighbors roof so I need to swap into a new shell. I am debating whether to paint it or not. I am thinking of either gloss black Plastic Fusion paint or I also have some chameleon flip paint left over from my golf cart paint job that I can just airbrush over the black. The body came in today so I am trying to decide what to do. Stock white, black gloss or chameleon gloss. One of my main concerns is that if I paint it what if it chips constantly, forcing me to touch up frequently. I may cover it with automotive grade clear coat which is pretty tough but I would need to do my 3 batteries, landing gear etc. too of course. Opinions wanted please. I am attaching photo of what my golf cart paint looks like.

     
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    +1 Flip flop paint would look great + clear coat


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    chameleon flip paints are nice but I would try it on the old shell first. You may need a primer and then a sanding for gloss. Look around and choose what you like best, you don't change shells every day :)
     
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    Doesn't the color change paint have metal particles in it?

    If so, would that kill the GPS and compass?
     
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    That is a concern of mine. The chameleon stuff I have is basically pearl suspended in automotive clear. I was thinking of putting a magnet to the side of the can and seeing if it reacts at all. I think that this flip paint does not have metal but I know some of them do have it. I also thought about the fact that some black fusion (goes on without primer) then flip paint, then clear coat would add some weight to the body.
     
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    I would set my gun spray pattern up on a scrap piece of plastic but I painted the golf cart so this would be easy. I would do the black with rattle can then the flip and clear with my little airbrush gun. My big HVLP gun would blow the shell off the table. :)
     
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    Ha ha! If you put a magnet on pretty much any can it will stick.

    I don't know where you buy this stuff, but can you have them spray some on a piece of printer paper and then bring it home to test?

    Want to fly sometime? I'm in Kenner, close to the boat launch but am in a NFZ and unless I go to Norco and join the flying club there, I'm really limited to where I can fly.
     
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    I meant the magnet may attract the particles to the side of the can. Small world, I am in Kenner as well. I live off Loyola but have flown further than the Treasure Chest Casino before. I stay low of course since it is near the flight paths.
     
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    How could you measure that as a hobbiest?
     
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    I would just see them moving to the side of the can. If some move, it has metal or ferrous material in it.

    Not atomic particles, just visible ones. :)
     
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    The printer paper test is a good idea BTW. I may spray some on a thin plastic sheet to see if it has any effect.
     
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    When you spray it onto the plastic sheet lay it over the top of the Phantom when it is switched on and see if the satellite reception drops.If not you will be good to go ahead and paint the shell.
     
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    That is the plan. I am also going to test inside where signals are weak to see what I can get. I am still not sure if I want the flip color rather than black.
     
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    The flip looks awesome and would be unique. Be sure and post as to whether it interferes with GPS. I'm curious.
     
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    Keep in mind darker colors = HEAT.
     
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    Yes, black is hotter, but I have heard of people in hot climates painting theirs black and the heat not being a factor. WE can only fly for 2X minutes per battery and the props do a LOT of heat dissipation. I have a 100watt LED set-up and the LED and buck converter get real hot pretty fast. But while on the drone flying they don't even heat up much due to prop wash blasting them.
     
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    I like custom painted Phantoms... ;-)
    Some of them look awesome, to me...

    Yeah, Really unique.

    It can be very subtle, but still quite cool.


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    I think the flip would look great!
    Hope the test goes well


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    Wouldn't a shiny reflective type paint possibly affect the GPS signal surely a matt finish would be better at absorbing, just wondering?
     
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    Not as long as it is non-metallic materials (paint, ink, decals, etc.).