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 Post subject: OD Paint advice sought
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 17:21 pm 
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Hi,

I wonder if anyone here can offer me some advice regarding OD paint?

I'm currently restoring the cockpit section of a C-47 & have reached the stage where I need to apply the exterior finish. The colour I'm going to apply is OD green (Federal code FS34087, a touch "greener" & darker than standard OD) & it will be applied over a zinc oxide primer undercoat. The finish will be flat matt (it is an indoor static item, so weatherproofing, etc is not an issue)

Firstly, can anyone recommend from experience a good supplier for the above (both in standard tin form, & a couple of aerosol "touch-up cans ideally)

Secondly, can anyone offer any advice regarding the most appropriate equipment to apply it. I'm a complete novice when it comes to compressors & spray guns. Ideally I'd like some equipment that could handle the outer finish & also be practical for smaller single component "one off"jobs. I understand that a matt paint could block the spray nozzle if the wrong size is used, so does anyone have any recommendations.

Thus far I've coped with specially mixed aerosol paints for the interior components, but have been unable to find much information on the web regarding spraying matt finishes to large areas. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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For a large area I'd be inclined to go for a compressor and a gun. I'd also ask if there is anyone on this forum prepared to volunteers some labour for say, a weekend.
This in in order to get a good job done by somone who paints.... Such an item ought to have appeal to someone on here - Someone who is a spray painter and want sot have the astisfaction of helping you put the finishing touches to a project.

I'm saying this because aerosols are fine for small to medium jobs - but for a cockpit or nose section of a Dak the number required would be horrendous, your finger (unless you used one of those handle/trigger attachments) would drop off after four cans and the finish would be patchy.... Also on large areas runs can build up if you are not experienced.....

There are loads of specialist companies who will fill aerosols of various sizes for you with the required paint...... but I think it would work out cheaper too if you had paint mixed and hired a compressor and gun....

Hope it works out - good luck with the project.

ANY PAINTERS OUT HERE WANNA HELP HIM?

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I'd say so - Paint adds weight so the less paint applied the better and a brush would slap on much more than an air system.....

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Remember this would be a mass produced and off the shelf item,not something joe in his barn with some left over army paint and a 2 inch brush would do.


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Many thanks for the interest & replies so far!

Yes, the aircraft was originally spray painted, a single layer of topcoat over a thin layer of zinc chromate primer. As most wartime photos testify, the finish faded & wore down very quickly & any replaced assemblies stood out like a sore thumb.

The interior was even sparser, just a light coat of zinc chromate green or yellow on most fittings or at most, an additional layer of cockpit green. No uniformity, a mishmash of shades on the various components supplied from assorted suppliers.

As I mentioned, I have no experience in painting large areas. The interior was simple & pretty straightforward, but I don't want to ruin the end result by applying a rubbish exterior top coat!!


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are you in the uk? if so and near a raf camp might be worth seeing if theres any painers there, they might do it,but no promises as they can be very hard pressed! also how big an area are you spraying? this can have a few probs with extraction to rpe as the paint isnt very lung freindly lol.

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Look up your local autopaint supplier and ask the experts , new paint laws in force regarding cellulose thinners , with twin pack [paint and hardener] being threatened as well smelling bad [like peardrops] , the EU pumping for waterbased paint , but expensive and hard to apply ,
on the brightside you can 'wing it' and buy a cheap compressor and gun from Lidl or Aldi for about a £100 and mask for £25 , did my campervan with it quite professionally , it isnt hard ,It's all in the wrist movement and practice ,
Fume extraction can be a problem though , and if your near to residential property the compressor noise and paint thinner smells can upset the locals .


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he may have sorted it by now,the post is 5 years old.

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Still if he's using tins of aerosil paint he could still be at it ! :)


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