It's finished! Well, mostly finished... as finished as an airplane, or a paint job, can ever be. Painter John Stahr put the final touches on a number of small details, and fixed a few more spots where paint had sneaked through masking around rivet heads, all in preparation for the final clear coat on the fuselage and tail sections. Continue reading "And Just Like That... It's Done"
John Stahr announced first thing in the morning that Friday would be "a day of fussy fuss." It was time to address all those little nits bound to come up in the original work. As Paul Dye is always telling me, "It isn't how perfect you do the job initially, it's about how well you can correct the little errors." So, it was a tedious and some times a bit frustrating day of inspecting for issues and addressing them. Continue reading "A Day of Fussy Fuss"
John Stahr continued working on N958PD, KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye's recently built SubSonex jet on Thursday. With the large area painting completed and detailed art work started, it was another day of mostly detail work... addressing minor flaws in the original spray painting and air brushing on more details. Some of the details were air brushed on while others were shot through stencils... both prepared and made on the spot. Continue reading "Light at the End of the Tunnel"
The fifth day started bright and early with the limbering up of the spray gun and the deployment of white - the final major color to go on the jet. John Stahr checked over the masking to make sure it was all correct before shooting three coats of the bright white that ironically will probably be listed as the major color of the airplane when filing a flight plan... "white/red/black". A short break followed to let the paint set up, then unmasking began - the jet revealed in all its basic glory. We say basic because when the masking was removed, the detailing began. Continue reading "Details, details, details..."
Work continued on the jet's paint job on Tuesday--and a long day it was. The detailed layout was completed the day before, so it was mostly a matter of masking off the various colors one at a time, using the additive process. This meant masking for the silver, then the black, and then the red. All three colors were shot with little need to worry about overspray, because once a color was shot, it was covered up - and the spots that hadn't yet received their final color were fine if they got some overspray - because they would get their color later. Continue reading "Now--In Living Color!"
I don't know about you, but I always thought that airplanes are first covered with whatever paint will dominate the surfaces (commonly white) and pin stripes, swooshes, and lines are added later. So, I've been surprised to learn that John Stahr starts with the details. The first paint that he put on the SubSonex jet today was gold...a pin stripe color that will cover a very limited area. So, today started with some light sanding of the areas where gold would be applied and then the color shot freehand. There was no attempt to stay within any lines, Stahr just ensured that all areas that will eventually be gold were covered. Continue reading "A Little Paint and a Whole Lot of Tape"