Friday, December 9, 2016
Estes Long Tom #3016 Build, Part 10, Black Paint
To be sure paint doesn't get in the back end of the sustainer-
first small pieces of masking tape are set inside and around the tube end.
A strip of paper towel is rolled up and pushed into the recess.
Tweezers are used to push in and position the paper. Try to get coverage over the engine holder tube.
On the left is the mask before painting.
On the right is after the masking tape is removed.
I used the Rustoleum Metallic black. This paint is a favorite. I goes on smoothly and has a very small metal flake.
Florida is cooler now and painting should be easier. Today is overcast and looks like it might rain.
TIP: The paint dried cloudy not shiny!
I let the paint fully dry and used polishing compound to buff out the haziness.
Look at the top fin in the picture. For comparison, the top outside of the fin was left hazy. The lower root half has been polished and is much shinier.