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Author Topic: Top Coat.....varnish...  (Read 2974 times)
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« on: February 24, 2010, 01:30:47 PM »

Hi All

Not sure if this is in the correct section or not but……does anyone know if WWII British aircraft should be finished in a matt or a silk varnish? Currently builing a MK I UK Spitfire and was wandering about the type of varnish to use....
Any help would be great as never tried a silk finish and would not want all the work to be a waste when I could go straight to the matt finish…..
Cheers for taking the time to read this.
Edgar Brooks
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 06:10:57 PM »

Until 1942, Spitfires were finished in matt paints (except for Sky, which had a smooth, or semi-matt, finish.)  However, even matt paints only had a surface roughness of .001" (.025mm) so dead flat might be a little over the top.  After late 1942, all paints were "type S," so a satin finish would be better.
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