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2 weeks 5 days ago #9126 by Frank DeAngelo
Good information about primers. I will keep that in mind the next time I paint. I usually paint vertical so that explains why I have runs. When I painted my Torrent I did it vertically and didn't have runs. My painting rig is basically a broom stick mounted on a board. What setup do you use to paint horizontally?

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2 weeks 3 days ago #9127 by John P. Petrakis
My setup is a black and decker workmate with a broomstick handle clamped in place. Holds horizontally about 3 - 3 1/2 feet above the ground. I have to stoop a bit but it seems to work better for me. Often what I'll do is rather than clamp the handle into the tabletop, I'll slide it in the space under the table top. It can be a bit wobbly but I can rotate the entire rocket by twisting the handle instead of touching the painted rocket. What this does is allow me to run a line of paint on a single pass, without reversing direction while the spray is on the rocket. The point of reversal is where I usually get runs.

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2 weeks 3 days ago #9129 by Frank DeAngelo
Maybe reversing direction is why I get runs?

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2 weeks 1 day ago #9133 by Frank DeAngelo
All the projects flew at the October 6th CMASS launch in Amesbury. All three had successful flights and recoveries. What are the odds of that? I saw John P's project and it came out beautiful. So much so that Sal went over to find out what kind of paint was used. We're on to West Kingston.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #9134 by John P. Petrakis
I'd say it's a big contributor to the issue since when you reverse direction, you have to slow to a stop to do it. That will deposit more paint where you go more slowly.

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2 weeks 17 hours ago #9135 by Guy Wadsworth
The technique I have heard to counteract this is spray past the end of the object and do the reverse then when the paint is not spraying on the object.

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