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Date:  3-1-2010
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Brief Description:  Painting Strategy - the decision to paint it mysel

After fooling around with some priming early on, I knew I didn't want to paint.

When I played with model airplanes as a kid, I didn't like painting or finishing.

When I raced sailplanes, I did some wing profiling and the necessary painting. I didn't like it then.

But a few years later it becomes clear that 1) I now want to do it, 2) I can save some money.

A big motivator was Ron Alexander's paper:
http://exp-aircraft.com/library/alexande/painting.html
I met Ron on an almost failed fuel stop at his home 'port in Griffin GA. The pumps were closed but Ron said 'hi' and offered to open them up. I talked about my plan to build an RV10 and he mentioned his workshop and a plan was started.

His paper gave me the confidence to proceed. Thanks Ron!

It will only work if I have a safe and comfortable place to do the work however. And with my oversize (assembled glider sized) hangar and shop, I should be able to do that.

It will take time but I'm in little hurry since I still have something to fly.

It's a learning curve but that's what's so damn much fun about this whole thing.

BTW, Jack Phillips is a paint sissy!
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Jack

Jack "you'll regret it' Phillips - RV4 pilot, Pietenpol painter, and RV10 builder

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