Complete modern flexible paint line from surface prep, pinhole filler, primer, color and clear. Works equally well on metal, composite and fabric surfaces.
Loehle Wonder-Fil - The SOLUTION to pinholes. Quick wipe-on/wait 15 minutes/wipe-off application for fiberglass, carbon fiber, fabric and wood. Disappears into the next sprayed layer.
Loehle Black and White Filler/UV Blockers - Our primers save a tremendous amount of time in the "homework" stage of getting a surface totally smooth and ready for color.
Loehle Color Top Coat - Available in just about any color desired, with extra flex and UV protection.
Loehle Clear Top Coat - Provides even more flex and UV protection, and encapsulates your masterpiece to protect it for years to come.
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Loehle Aero Coatings will allow you to handle the paint phase from surface preparation all the way through the colors of your choice and the protective layer of clear. This allows you to stay in the same chemical family all the way through the project (which eliminates possible chemical reactions between layers).
Our system has been developed for the novice painter...but experienced painters love how easy it is to use to get the job done easily and quickly. We have had customers tell us that we have saved them 2/3 of the time it takes to do the work!
Loehle Aero Coatings paint line works equally well on fabric, metal or composites surfaces so there is no need to switch paint systems just because you have multiple surface types. This keeps from having chemical reactions between systems....you can stay in the same chemical family with Loehle Aero Coatings.
Fabric Covered Surface - Basic Steps
Step 1: Cover surface in fabric and iron per instructions in Loehle Paint Manual - Fabric Covering.
Step 2: Brush on thinned Black Filler/UV Blocker Primer.
Step 3: Spray on one coat of Black Filler/UV Blocker (passes 60 watt light bulb test now). Sand.
Step 4: Spray on White Filler/UV Blocker. Sand.
Step 5: Spray on the Loehle color of your choice -- all are shiny colors. Sand.
Step 6: Spray on Loehle clear over colors, graphics, vinyl decals, etc., to add extra UV protection, hangar rash protection, and flexibility.
Step 7: Grin!
Metal Surface - Basic Steps
Step 1: Clean surface thoroughly with Surface Cleaner.
Step 2: Prepare surface with PreKote (or aluminum etch/Alodine) and let dry.
Step 3: Spray on one coat of White Filler/UV Blocker Primer.
Step 4: Sand until smooth, repeating until the whole surface is ready for color.
Step 5: Mask and spray on Color Top Coat of your choice. Sand (unless the colors are metallics).
Step 6: Spray on Clear Top Coat over colors, graphics, vinyl decals, etc., to encapsulate and protect.
Step 7: Admire and grin!
Composite Surface - Basic Steps
Step 1: Clean surface thoroughly with Dawn dish detergent (green kind without lotion) and water to remove dust and greasy finger prints. Clean exterior only - do not immerse in water - you don't want the fibers inside to get wet.
Step 2: Clean surface again with Surface Cleaner to remove mold release agents and other chemical residue.
Step 3: Apply Loehle Wonder-Fil in small areas at a time with a soft cloth or paper towel, working in a circular motion. You will start to see tiny off-white specks where Wonder-Fil is plugging the pinholes. Wait 10 to 15 minutes until it glazes, and then take a clean soft cloth or paper towel and wipe off the excess.
Step 4a: If this is a carbon fiber part where the carbon fiber weave needs to stay visible (no color), let the Wonder-Fil dry thoroughly. Spray Clear Top Coat and the off-white specks will disappear into the clear, but still keep the pinholes filled.
Step 4b: If this part is to be painted a color, spray Black Filler/UV Blocker Primer. If you are working with a coarse weave, spray 2 coats of Black Filler/UV Blocker before sanding. Sand until the part is completely smooth.
Step 5: Spray White Filler/UV Blocker. Sand.
Step 6: Mask and spray Color Top Coat of your choice. Sand (unless colors are metallics).
Step 7: Spray Clear Top Coat over colors, graphics, vinyl decals, etc., to encapsulate and protect.
Step 8: Brag about how much time you saved while your friends are still laboring with the old style epoxy methods!
This brochure on Loehle Aero Coatings give an in-depth history of the development of Loehle Aero Coatings. You'll find it informative and learn a bit of aviation history in the making along the way. It is 8 pages long so you can choose whether you want to read it online or print it out to read later.
We have two Loehle paint instruction manuals - one for fabric covering/painting and one for metal/composite surfaces. The fabric covering manual goes into great detail about how to do fabric covering work, and then gets into the painting phase. The metal/composite manual features painting an RV-10 with lots of photos as work progresses. You'll find both to be helpful and full of detailed instructions.