Tail spring refinishing

More punch-list type stuff today. This isn’t strictly necessary for the gear installation, but it’s been bothering me for a couple weeks now. A while back, after having continuing issues with the tail spring rusting, I gave it a good thorough cleaning and than shot epoxy primer on it. I figured that ought to stop the rust for good, but…nope. I noticed some rust spots poking through a month or so ago. Turns out I should have topcoat the thing instead of just leaving bare primer…

So I figure I’ll give it the same flat black + two-part clear that the panel parts got. But first, there’s another bout of cleaning needed, and that was today’s work – going over the entire thing with a wire wheel until all the old primer and traces of rust were gone. I’m also going to scuff and paint the tailwheel fork, which is powder coated white, but that should just need a good scuff before adding paint.

Tomorrow I’m going to pick up some rust conversion primer to use as a base coat, and my plan is to try and get all this stuff repainted this weekend.

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