Still working on page E6. I finally decided on a paint to use for skins inside the cockpit – still using SEM self-etching primer as the base, and then Rust-oleum “Stops Rust” Satin Enamel in a color called Coastal Gray. This enamel is readily available at Home Depot and Lowes (right now anyway). After a few days, it seems to cure to a pretty durable finish. I made up a bunch of test squares with various combinations of primer and top coat, I’ll have a separate post about that later. I would have liked something more aircraft-specific; a lot of Van’s builders recommend using Sherwin Williams Jetflex WR for the interior skins. It does look nice but the nearest distributor is in PA, and it’s quite expensive – not to mention I’d also have to invest in a HVLP spray gun and air compressor. So, rattle cans it is for me!
Also worth noting: I saw on another blog a suggestion to elevate the forward floor a bit. The forward floor is not supposed to sit flat on the same plane as the skin beneath the main spar. I stuck a short piece of 2×4 underneath the forward floor and that seems to work.