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Old 08-22-2006, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default paint on monokote?

Has anybody done any airbrush work on Monokote, and if so, what was the process that you used? Preparing and the type of paint used? Also, did you clearcote the finished product or just wax it?

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Old 08-22-2006, 10:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

Joe, I've not done it, but several members of the ProfileBrotherhood are very successfully doing it. I do know they are clearcoating over the paint after applying it, but I have not gone much deeper than ogling their works of art.....
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

I think Ultracoate is better for painting, that is what 3W does on their airbrush planes, is use white ultracote, paint em and clear em.
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:34 PM   #4
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

I did it many years ago on a Goldberg Extra and it is still intact today (collecting dust). I believe I used Perfect Paint at the time without clear coat. That being said, I would prefer to just use different colored Monokote/Ultracote these days. The only way I'd want to paint Monokote is if I wanted a trim stripe on open framework where it would be difficult to seem in multiple colors of covering.
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

well, I am in the midst of starting to cover a new plane and want to do something along the lines of the top covering ripping off t o expose the bare metal underneath. I could do the vast majority in monokote(choice of covering) and just airbrush the details. But I havent heard anything to promising on the procedure.

Maybe scuff up the monokote with a lite grit piece of scotchbrite and then airbrush, then clearcote, I just dont want to clearcote the whole surface/plane. I even thought about covering it in clear and then airbrushing...I dont know we'll see.

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Old 08-22-2006, 11:45 PM   #6
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

I know the 3w guys wetsand or scotchbrite the ultracote before they paint it, but most of their paint jobs are pretty vast, therefore they clear the entire wing. They are very light too.
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Old 08-23-2006, 05:55 AM   #7
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You would have to scotchbrite the monokote first the apply a coat of transperant plastic primer, I would use a basecoat and then clear with flexible additive, this is the way that 3W do it and I have never heard of anyone saying the paint come off thier 3W model.
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Old 08-23-2006, 08:47 AM   #8
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

I have done this on my Edge. I used Ultracote because I had heard it holds paint better. Scuff it with a green scotchbrite pad. I painted it with Createx AutoAir acrylics. Everyone told me to use House of Kolor, but I have not had any fading. I cleared it with PPG and did not add a fex additive. I used fineline tape to go around the artwork and then just cleared over the artwork. The plane is on its 4th season and is flown a lot. I have not had ANY problems with the paint coming off. Here is a link to some pics.

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:56 AM   #9
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

I have a new Cap that I would like to try this on myself. It is comepletely covered in White Ultracoat but I have been reluctant to start because I am afraid the covering will develop bubbles down the road & I'm unsure how the paint will react to a heating iron if I tried to re-iron the covering. I'm wondering how 3W gets the covering to adhere well enough that you don't have to worry about it coming loose later on.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:33 PM   #10
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Kinda an old thread i came across here but as a sign painter I used "1 Shot" lettering enamel on monocote and it sticks and holds up great. You can brush it on and it flows out real nice or thin it and airbrush.

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Old 03-25-2009, 05:05 PM   #11
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How do you deal with the wrinkles on painted monokote? Are you still able to get them out with heat?
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:19 PM   #12
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

Here is one we are working on now over ultracote.
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I wonder if it would be best to scuff with a 2000grit +/- sandpaper before painting the plane.
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

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Old 03-28-2009, 06:49 AM   #15
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Default Re: paint on monokote?

Ultra coat is fine to paint over and is a polyester based material. The monokote is a much slicker surface and is a mylar based covering. Striping over monokote is fine (1/16" stripes with one shot or house of color striping paint). Large areas over monokote I have never done.
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