The fuselage looked better after a
second coat of primer.
had strayed off course. The following
technique, using Citristrip, ultimately
1. Wear eye and hand protection.
• Safety glasses
• Rubber gloves
2. Spray Citristrip on a small area
and wait approximately 15 minutes.
• Time will varying depending on
the temperature, humidity, etc.
3. Use a single-edge razor blade to
scrape the clear coat layers off.
• This opens up the finish.
4. Spray a light coat of Citristrip and
let set for approximately 5 minutes.
• Use a plastic squeegee or credit
card to remove the paint from the
• Plastic will not gouge the
• Use a Scotch-Brite pad on
5. Wipe the area with a wet sponge
to neutralize the paint stripper.
The scale revealed that I had
removed 8 ounces of paint, leaving
most of the primer still intact. Putting
it in perspective, Pat Harris, who
recently finished a beautiful Arixtra,
said his fuselage (excluding primer) has
3 ounces of House of Kolor paint on it.
I was ecstatic with a 1/2-pound
I next repaired the fiberglass
damaged by the strong stripper using
the original materials. I used a spritz
of 3M contact cement to affix 7-ounce
fiberglass cloth to wax paper. The wax
paper backing made tracing and cutting
odd-shaped patches a snap. Too much
contact cement results in the fiberglass
unraveling as it is pulled from the
The patches were applied using heat-