Finishing A Model
Almost as important as stability and fin design is the way you finish your model rocket. A bad paint job can slow a rocket down, and keep it from reaching its maximum altitude.
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In order to get the smoothest coat, it is best to first use sanding sealer on all the balsa surfaces.
Several thin coats are much better than one thick coat. Hold the spray can about eighteen inches from the model, and move the spray can back and forth along the rocket. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.
Masking is used to create rockets with more than one coat of paint. If you want the fins to be blue, and the body tube red, you would do the following:
With practice, you will be able to paint intricate designs using masking.
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