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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: lightweight paint job Reply with quote
hello everyone
i'm looking to paint my 88 lightweight to get it back to it's army military look and am looking for any advice.at the moment it is looking pretty ratty and it needs a coat of paint from top to bottom. I am toying with the idea of stripping it back to rolling chassis and painting it as I rebuild.
any advise would be gratefully received.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I am changing the colour on mine back to its original RAF Blue/Grey and will be trying soda blasting to remove the green paint.
Supposed to be very friendly to Aluminium.
Check out the Lightweight forum for painting ideas: http://forum.militarylightweight.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=6
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
thanks dave I will look into soda blasting
reckon i'm going to go nato grn but getting different advice on spraying, using a roller or a brush. don't really know what the pros and cons of each are but i'm sure it will work out in the end
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
With NATO green you should get a fine result with a roller or brush. A number of friends have done this and achieved a good result. You can also spray, but you will need a good technique to get a reasonable finish.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
And possibly some luck.

Sprayed the back door last night. Same settings and ratio of paint: thinners as last time. Same tin of paint, same tin of thinners. Frame edges went beautifully glossy, door panel is as matt as a very matt thing.

Good for NATO green. Not so good for limestone!!

If at first you don't succeed, wipe it with thinners and then polish. Wink Smile Very Happy

Good luck with yours. Smile

Ooh. And don't forget you'll need etch primer for all of the ally and galv parts, otherwise the paint won't stick. Degrease fully (use proper pre painting degreaser or thinners) before priming.
Also make sure that your undercoat is compatible with your top coat, otherwise you can end up with some horrible results.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
thanks for the advice I should stand half a chance thanks to the information you have passed on
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