Now–In Living Color!

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With black going on, the jet began to show some real personality.
With black going on, the jet began to show some real personality.

Work continued on the jet’s paint job on Tuesday–and a long day it was. The detailed layout was completed the day before, so it was mostly a matter of masking off the various colors one at a time, using the additive process. This meant masking for the silver, then the black, and then the red. All three colors were shot with little need to worry about overspray, because once a color was shot, it was covered up – and the spots that hadn’t yet received their final color were fine if they got some overspray – because they would get their color later.

The first color shot was some silver, which worked well going directly onto gray primer and the gold of the pin stripes.
The first color shot was some silver, which worked well going directly onto gray primer and the gold of the pin stripes.

The base-coat colors are single-part paints, so there was no need to add hardeners, but reducer was added to make them spray. Drying time was quick, so in just a few minutes, it was OK to start repositioning masking to shoot the next color. While the jet started out the day looking like it was going to be gold, the black really started to bring out the eventual pattern, and when the red was applied, the effect was striking.

Masking is all about layering, and here, the previous silver layer is covered, and the spaces for black are left uncovered.
Masking is all about layering, and here, the previous silver layer is covered, and the spaces for black are left uncovered.

It was almost disappointing when the red had cured enough to continuing working, because most of the masking was repositioned to cover the red and black (the gold of the pinstripes remaining hidden since the beginning), so at the end of the day, the airplane once again was appeared mostly masked in paper, criss-crossed with various colors and widths of tape. It appeared particularly motley because the team was re-using paper whenever possible, not only to save resources, but to keep from drowning in a sea of used paper.

The first (of three) coats of red really began to make the colors pop!
The first (of three) coats of red really began to make the colors pop!

With only white left to shoot for the major colors, the expectation is that when that is done, detailed air brush work will begin before the end of the day Wednesday!

The day ended much as it began, with the airplane cocooned in paper and tape. The difference was that underneath all that masking, the plane's true colors await the final reveal!
The day ended much as it began, with the airplane cocooned in paper and tape. The difference was that underneath all that masking, the plane’s true colors await the final reveal!

Here is the day’s time-laps condensed into 3.5 minutes.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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