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?
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.
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.