Dating Your Docs & Paint Touch-Up


I’ve been reading recently through a collection of builder log segments with various descriptions of how the builders notated on their paper plans that particular steps or processes had been completed. References were made to “checked off,” “crossed off,” “X’d off,” “signed off,” etc. Somewhere prior to my project starting point I either had copied or was given the idea to buy one of those self-inking date stamps from an office supply and use that stamp to annotate the completion of each step. I encourage all to consider the same.

It is not only useful in plan process management, but it’s also very useful in going back and getting caught up on the official builder’s log if you ever find yourself behind on that process like I often did. Lots of other special details notated on the paper plans are also useful. When installing various non-OEM parts or components, I notate in the plans the part number and manufacturer’s name and phone number, which has become a handy reference on a couple of occasions. I would also notate a mini wire diagram on items like D-subs and other types of connectors and terminals. In the post-build years—they are never really finished until hanging from a ceiling—there will be times when referring back to the plans will be necessary and extra notated details will be very useful.

About Paint

Dupli-Color’s Chrysler Bright White paint is a near-ideal match for Matterhorn White.

According to a local paint shop, the most common paint color in aviation is Matterhorn White. It is the base color on my Van’s RV-10. After looking for months for a compatible automotive paint touch-up pen, I found one quite by accident by trying the one for my Ram truck. The Dupli-Color ACC 0362 Chrysler Bright White is a perfect match for my DuPont (now Axalta) Imron paint and is handy for small touch-ups. It has a plunge needle for tiny amounts and a brush for larger applications. It also comes with a clear sealant and is available at most auto parts stores. Disclaimer: Shake well and try first in an inconspicuous place or screw head. All paint products can have minor tone differences. I did have to take one back that was off-color, but the rest have been absolute perfect matches on my airplane.

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Myron Nelson
Myron Nelson soloed at 16 and has been a professional pilot for over 30 years, having flown for Lake Powell Air, SkyWest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. He also flies for the Flying Samaritans, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that provides medical and dental care in Baja California, Mexico. A first-time builder, Myron currently flies N24EV, his beautiful RV-10. He has also owned a C-150 and a Socata TB-9.


  1. Myron what was your original Matterhorn paint code? Been trying to find a match for the old DuPont paint. I hear there were 3 different codes over the years.

  2. Thanks for reaching out. I don’t have the code unfortunately and the shop that applied it is no longer in business. I can tell you that it was painted in January of 2014.


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