Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Preparing The RV-12's Fuel Tank For Paint

Today, preparations for priming and painting the RV-12 fuel tank began. Probably a little soon to be priming over the fairly fresh tank sealant (has only cured for two days) then painting, but the weather here  warmed up somewhat so it is going to be around 70 for the next two days … after that, it appears like a steady downward trend will begin. The task for the day was to carefully remove excess tank sealant from around the rivets on the outside of the tank. Decided if the blob of tank sealant around the rivets on the outside of the tank is the only thing preventing a fuel leak, than I have bigger issues. The edge of a wooden tongue depressor that was spit in half was used to scrape off the excess fuel tank sealant from all the rivets that will be visible from inside the cockpit.

Once the heads of the rivets were cleaned up, the tank was scuffed up with a maroon Scotch-Brite pad.  Will hold off on cleaning the metal with Acetone until just prior to priming.
After removing the excess fuel tank sealant from around the external rivet heads, the fuel tank was scuffed up using a maroon Scotch-Brite pad to prep the tank for primer.