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Old 06-11-2011, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Octavius View Post
I like this one too. I've always been confused about the black stripe on the sides. I've read they paint it black because it would be covered in exhaust/oil anyway. OK that's fine, but it's not the only plane with this exhaust configuration so why the only one with the paint. Please school me.
In the exhaust there are traces of acid.
Also the cleaners used are not good for the paint.

I've washed the color off many planes while trying to clean exhaust residue. When Fantastic and Formula 409 first came out we thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Up til then we used everything from cleaners to avgas. Fantastic could have been used as paint remover.

The paint was only there to protect the aluminum and the black gave a little extra defense.
If white started showing through, it was time for more black.
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