I've decided to try the latex paint option for the plane. Paint adds weight, so I want to minimize that. Also, I can't bring myself to spend thousands on a paint job for a plane that is meant to epitomise 'practicalily'. Good quality acryllic latex paint is still
Understanding the challenges in getting paint to stick to bare aluminum, I have decided to follow the following procedure for surface prep:
1.Degrease (Simple Green) 2. water rinse 3. Acetone/Ethyl acetate wipe down 4. ScotchBrite the surface 5. Water rinse - wipe down 6. Stewart Systems etching solution (10 min) 7. water rinse -wipe down 8. let dry 9. Rustoleum premium latex primer
On a test sample, it took a fair bit of abuse. Not as durable as a 2-part aircraft product of course, but it's not going to see a lot of road debris etc... And if it does see some scratches, these can easily be touched up in seconds.
I've also modified the paint scheme from last year; I think it still looks great, but now there's less surface to paint.