Paintshop Progress 5

Masking for the final colour

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Exciting progress in the paintshop!

Once the metallic black and gold stripes were complete and hardened, masking was applied ready for the last colour.

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As mentioned last time, the registration letters are complicated … here masked ready for the red outline.

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First view of the colour I had chosen.

Choosing the red was a long process, which has involved spotting suitable colours sported by various cars over the last few months …

… asking bemused drivers if they knew what the name of their car’s paint etc …

… and finally walking into a Mercedes-Benz showroom, not to buy a car, but to ask the paint code of the lovely deep red on that car outside!

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Anyway, Mercedes-Benz Bright Patagonia Metallic Red, paint code 993.

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Beautiful finish and looking very promising : )

The colour hue changes slightly depending on how the light falls on the paint surface.


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After drying the masking is carefully removed, piece by piece.

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First view of the rudder …

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… and elevators.

Actually the elevators and rudder are not yet finished, since we have asked for a “fade” on the checkers.

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The “Butterfly” Emerges

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A fellow RV14 builder here in the UK likened the wheeling out of the paintshop to a butterfly emerging … a very good description.

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I felt quite emotional seeing it in the sunshine for the first time!

A worthy moment for a team photo.

Safe in our hangar next door.

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1 Comment on "Paintshop Progress 5"

  1. It’s beautiful Steve and a fantastic result of all your hard work and attention to detail. The paint scheme is the best I have seen, particularly the Mercedes red!

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