Inch by inch I make progress towards a goal that feels like a very long way away. After hours of sanding on the fuselage, my friend Brian Story #storycollision walked in and helped me to understand that I’ve really just started.
In addition to the complexities of learning how to use a paint gun to get a smooth and well covered finish with the primer, I’ve also had to further-develop my knowledge and skill related to sanding.
I started with the smaller control surfaces. Initially, I used an orbital sander in an effort to reduce the time required to complete the job. While the sander definitely reduces the amount of work, it causes a lot of mess (dry sanding); as well as, requires more sanding around the hard-surfaced areas and spots where the sander can’t reach. With a recommendation from Brian Story, I decided to wet-sand by hand and I’m now getting much better results.
From a process perspective, I’m using 320-grit wet/dry sandpaper and then following with 600-grit wet/dry sandpaper on a fairly small area (1-2 square feet). Afterward, I clean with a damp sponge and then dry with a hand towel. Below is a short clip:
Time Spent- Sanding: 28 hours, 30 minutes