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polishing the propellers

Postby snapdragon » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:04 pm

Looking on the japanese and italian deagostini forums It seems that the first issue is polishing the prop blades.

Does anyone out there have some thoughts on this. I do have some polishing wheels for my proxxon multitool thingy.

http://www.proxxon-direct.com/acatalog/ ... s240e.html

I also have a flexible shaft for it!

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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:28 pm

I would do it by hand rather than mechanical polishing. Polishing wheels can be remarkably abrasive. Try starting with 600 grit wet n dry, maybe 400 if the surface is rough and/or hard. Then work up to 800 & 1000. Change the angle of sanding between each grade, so you can see when you've got all the scratches out from the previous grade. Once you've got that far you should be able to bring it up to a mirror finish (material permitting) with a soft polishing wheel and a fine compound.
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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby Julian » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:30 am

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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby chill » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:51 am

And an extra large tub of elbow grease.
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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby tontobrot » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:39 pm

I used 2500 wet/dry paper then polished with Brasso. I'm very impressed with the mirror finish.
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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby baby_astons » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:44 pm

and we are equally tonto! :D and welcome here around!
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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby Eric » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:53 am

Very nice!

Daft question next.......does it not get painted anyway? And if so, why should it be polished up?
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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby Experten » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:34 pm

Hi Eric,

It depends on a couple of things. If you are doing the skeleton or partial skeleton version, Deag says to just polish and lacquer the blades. Also, depending on which painted version you go with, the blades are either painted, or polished with red stripes towards the tips.

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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby Eric » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:14 pm

Ah, that explains it, cheers for that Experten!
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Re: polishing the propellers

Postby snapdragon » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:59 am

I do believe that the red stripes will come as decals very late in the build. This means that until they come for those who, like me, are polishing the props and spinner then clear laquering to keep the shine will have to wait until then so that the red stripe looks as if it painted on rather than stuck on as it will appear to be part of the coating.

Also be aware that the rear of the props are painted black on the polished version. This was done to prevent glare and blinding the pilot from reflected sun. on later models where the spinner and props was painted brown both sides of the prop were painted brown.

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