Undercoat painting of Myrsky's ailerons and horizontal stabilizer

Torstai 22.10.2020 - Tuesday Club member


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The VL Myrsky II (MY-14) is under restoration in the Tuesday Club and the surface finishing work on its horizontal stabilizer and ailerons has continued. The finishing work will be done in three phases. First the cleaned and ground plywood surface is painted with alkyd paint which contains aluminium flakes, this is repeated with grinding and honing in between. This paint is used to fill the grain structure on the plywood surfaces of the horizontal stabilizer and ailerons, and to make the plywood surface sealed and smooth. The undercoat paint used by the Tuesday Club team was TEMALAC AB 70 alkyd paint which contains aluminium flakes, and the shade of the paint is RAL 90006, white aluminium. The undercoat painting work has been described in an earlier blog.

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The aluminium flake alkyd paint will be covered with another undercoat layer of alkyd paint, which will form the adhesive surface for the actual finishing paint on Myrsky’s horizontal stabilizer and ailerons. The Tuesday Club team used TEKNOS adhesion primer Futura 3, with the shade RAL 7005 Mouse Grey. The Futura 3 adhesion primer is slightly darker than the TEMALAC, so it was easy to see where the new layer of paint had not yet been applied. Two layers of paint were applied on the horizontal stabilizer and ailerons, with grinding and honing between the layers. The painting work was done using a polyester roller. The horizontal stabilizer and ailerons now have their undercoat paint.

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The ailerons are not ready for the finishing paint yet. A strengthening strip of linen fabric needs to be fastened on the ailerons’ leading edge. The strengthening fabric reaches around the leading edge so that it protects the seam of the plywood surfacing and the solid wood leading edge. The strip of linen fabric will be glued on the leading edge using the adhesive primer. Before fastening the fabric on the leading edge, the paint surface on the leading edge has been ground away over the width of the fabric strip.

Photos: Lassi Karivalo

Translation: Erja Reinikainen

Avainsanat: aviation history, restoration, VL Myrsky, MY-14


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