Painting wing struts

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Painting wing struts

Post by lora » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:46 am

I didn't realize what a good deal I had until it was gone. For the past five years, my husband has taken care of all the maintenance on our 120. All I had to worry about was flying it. Well now he's run off and bought his own airplane and left the 120 maintenance to me. So I'm trying to figure this out one step at a time.

My first order of business is the struts. They are looking pretty rusty. Do I need to remove them in order to paint them? Any advice on stripping the old paint or sanding. Thanks!
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Re: Painting wing struts

Post by 6643 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:22 pm

Those look pretty nasty! I would suggest removing them, propping the wings (if it's inside) and stripping them. Then, treat the rust, prime and paint. When you paint, be sure to get good coverage on the leading and trailing edges first. Painting the flat surfaces is easy. Getting good coverage on the edges is much harder.

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Re: Painting wing struts

Post by lora » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:31 pm

Thanks for the advice! I was afraid they would need to be removed. Do you have any suggestions for bracing the wings? It is in an inside hangar.

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Re: Painting wing struts

Post by 6339 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:31 pm

I’ve found that 2 6ft stepladders with kitchen chair cushions placed under the outermost ribs are the perfect height. Have a helper to manipulate the wingtips and don’t forget to remove the wing/ fuselage fairings.
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Re: Painting wing struts

Post by 6898 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:39 pm

Sent you a PM
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