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Date:  8-31-2016
Number of Hours:  8.00
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We needed to get on the road today, so couldn't put in a full day in Brad's shop. What we did do was, with much guidance from Jeremy and Jerry, block sand, fill and sand on the flaps and ailerons. They weren't quite ready to prime before we had to leave, but Jerry did give us a painting lesson, and let us practice on another customer's elevators and flaps, and my own wheel pants. The saving grace was the fact that any errors we made were easily sanded off.

This part of the build record would not be complete without my impressions of the work we were fortunate to be able to do and help with in Brad's shop. My first impression is that prepping for paint is an exacting process, that takes a good eye, a lot of patience, and loads of experience. This process is not one that a beginner can do to the level of perfection that can be achieved in a professional shop, with all the right tools and supplies, and most of all experience and attention to detail.

Finally, a word about Brad Simmons. He does not have to let clumsy amateurs into his shop. He does not have to ask his staff to be patient and supportive. But he did. Toward what end? First, I think that he is just a good person. Beyond that, by allowing the builder behind the curtain, he lets us know just how long and panstaking the process of a quality paint job is. There are no shortcuts. My advice to builders is that if you are intent on doing bodywork on your plane, take whatever time you can to learn the process. Get your work evaluated early-on, and don't just plow ahead with substandard work, for which you will have to pay for someone like Brad to take off and start again.
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