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Posted February 16, 2015 - 11:29 AM

HUmm 6 month restore long? you are flying compared to me.  The DragonFly was disassembled on May 03, 2014.

 

 

Still no paint on it yet. My buddy is waiting on it to dry up a bit before he starts spraying.


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Posted February 16, 2015 - 12:24 PM

6-9 months, PPFFTTT

 

Now this is procrastination, err, I mean long term restoration  :dancingbanana:  :thumbs:

 

Bought April 2012, unloaded off trailer, PO already tore apart and painted frame- 

 

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As it sits Feb 2015....

 

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Posted February 16, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Now this is procrastination, err, I mean long term restoration :dancingbanana: :thumbs: I hear ya, bou't the only things that holds me up are funds, NLA parts, Honey Doo projects, and did I say funds? I spend most of my off time in the shop, and just can't seem to walk by it without doing something to it, even if it is adding a cotter pin and washer.  


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Posted February 16, 2015 - 01:32 PM

Let's not get into a rush here! Might scratch the paint or something!



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Posted February 16, 2015 - 07:29 PM

Post away Larry. I for one like watching these long term restorations. You are making much progress and being an inspiration to those of us that aren't. 


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Posted February 16, 2015 - 10:28 PM

A little decal work this evening. The adhesive transfer is translucent so the lettering would show as black on black. I toyed with the idea of masking the sides of the dash and making white stripes to overlay the decals on. I didn't like that so I am trying plan B, I'll paint two strips of the translucent transfer white, apply those then overlay the decals on top of the white strips. I am checking the adhesive properties on a test strip. I made several ROPER decals of different sizes for the steering wheel cover and am using the left overs to test plan B.

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Posted February 18, 2015 - 08:44 PM

Working on the plastic dash today. I found some aluminum spacers that were the exact length for the lower mounting bolts. and made a second one for the throttle bolt holes. I used these to hold the broken hole support in place till the plastic-weld hardened. This stuff is awesome! Some got on one of the nuts I was using so I removed the nut and placed it on the plywood table. Forgot about the nut for a while, working on the dash. When I got to a point to pick things up I grabbed the nut and "hrummph" wouldn't let go of the ply wood, had to stick a screwdriver through it and pry up, a good chunk of plywood came up too!. I tossed the nut, I wasn't about to try and scrape the plastic weld off. Any how the dash is coming along good, just a couple more cracks to re-enforce.

I do have one question, any tips on the raised lettering? To tell the truth I an ok with painting over them, and that will be option 1.

Option 1 Paint over with black.

Option 2 Paint the lettering with white (2-3 coats) then paint all with black, and try sanding the black off the lerrering.

Option 3 Paint black, and try sponging white on the letters.

Option 4 ??????

     

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Posted February 18, 2015 - 08:58 PM

Option 4: Daub a q-tip in the paint, blot on a paper towel, then lightly on the raised part. Takes several coats. Patience, grasshopper, patience!



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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:41 PM

Option 4: Daub a q-tip in the paint, blot on a paper towel, then lightly on the raised part. Takes several coats. Patience, grasshopper, patience!

That's how i did my 18/6 dash.  The imperfections in the lettering really show, but that's how they were back then.

I would like to try your idea on the paint over and sand.

 

I see yours is red too.  the 18/6 was white.

 

...plastic-weld... This stuff is awesome! 

 

Isn't it?  It's really good stuff.  Not quite miracle good, but getting there.

What are you using for reinforcement?  I used fiber tape in anywhere I was worried about stress.  I suppose you could lay some in and coat over instead of melt it in like I did.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:02 AM

My 16/6 dash needs that repair, one side the bottom holes are cracked, getting worse.

 

Is that stuff sandable?


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 11:29 AM

I just used a alunimum form to hold the broken bolt spacers in place and applied three THICK coats to build up the small missing areas, and used some plastic trimmed to fit from a coffee pot lid to re enforce a large missing area. I used two tubes of the weld, and it is built up thick on the back side. Yes it is sandable, On the front side I used a dermel drum sander to knock the high spots down, then a mouse sander with 220, and finaly hand sanded the whole thing with 400. I'll try the Q-tip method first on the lettering.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 09:03 PM

Not perfect, but looks good. The Red paint was a slight challenge (Note, don't use Styrofoam plate with spray paint). At least 4 coats of Krylon Dual Superbond black paint. Then I used a thin model paint brush to go over the lettering, it did tend to fill in some, so I blotted it and applied a second coat, I stopped there as it was going to go down hill at that point but looked OK after it dried. I cut and painted some blank label transfers white, and after it dried I applied the 20T label over the white backing and it turned out well. Here is the finished product. I'll install it tomorrow, again after the paint hardens.

  

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 09:20 PM

My 16/6 dash needs that repair, one side the bottom holes are cracked, getting worse.
 
Is that stuff sandable?


Yes, but let it dry completely and do it in a well ventilated area.
As a matter of fact, the fumes will make you cross eyed, so use it where you can get air.
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Posted February 19, 2015 - 09:31 PM

A dust mask is necessary also. I sanded mine with a small 12V dermal with a drum sander bit. A little slow but I didn't have much to sand. It will make a fine white dust. PS the plastic weld sets up in less than 10 minuets, and is hard in an hour, but I would wait over night before sanding. by then it is as hard as plastic, Oh and it bonds really well.



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Posted February 19, 2015 - 09:50 PM

I think Marty would be fine without a mask. I can't see how the side effects of that stuff would show a discernable difference in his behavior.
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