Project Corner – Mark’s Cozy

Chapter member Mark Rieger writes:

First, I want to thank Dan Masys, an EAA Technical Counselor, for his visit on October 14th to my hanger at Watts-Woodland. He was very knowledgeable and supportive of the progress to date on my build. I picked up some very useful advice and suggestions and it makes you realize how important it is to take advantage of the great resources in the build community to make sure you have a fun and safe airplane in the end.

I’m building a Cozy MKIV and I just passed a major milestone. The airplane is now painted!

This is a very demanding phase with a fiberglass airplane because of the 1,000 hours of contouring, sanding, filling, sanding, filling again, sanding, priming, sanding, final pinhole filling, sanding. Oh, and did I say sanding? Yes, lots of sanding. Months of sanding. No painting at the hanger so moved the project in pieces to my garage now converted to a paint booth. I used PPG Dellfleet single stage polyurethane applied with a 4 stage turbine HVLP system. I won’t win a Lindy with my results, but some color sanding and buffing should make it very respectable.