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    Changing colour

    If I bought a Thruster that was the ‘wrong’ colour, how easy is it to respray? Are there particular types of paint that must be used or could I buy spray cans from Halfords? Would I need to strip off the original paint first?
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    Have a look at a Thruster and then think about it. I guess you'll change your mind.

    Hint: Thrusters are covered in Dacron sailcloth.



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    True, but not the whole aircraft


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    OK OK. So you'll be keeping the wings and tail feathers the original colour and painting the composite bits: the pod and if you get a Sprint the tailcone too. They are coated with gelcoat. You'll need advice beyond my expertise on preparing gelcoat for painting. Just remember that paint adds weight and weight spoils microlights. Far better to fall in love with your new aeroplane in the colour it was born with

    I found this [PDF] for you from the boat world - ah! the wonder of the internet.



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    I see what you are saying, Joan: some sort of floats would be in order. Excellent plan!


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    Fabulous! Love the colour


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    When you first meet your Thruster, any concern for the colour will quickly evaporate, masked by your unconditional love for the design, the feel of its smooth taught skin, the warmth of the cockpit, the hug of the seat and the sheer joy of the stick in your hand.
    It's impossible to explain it to anyone who has never owned a Thruster, but be assured that when it is your own, your world view will be changed forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Twissell View Post
    When you first meet your Thruster, any concern for the colour will quickly evaporate, masked by your unconditional love for the design, the feel of its smooth taught skin, the warmth of the cockpit, the hug of the seat and the sheer joy of the stick in your hand.
    It's impossible to explain it to anyone who has never owned a Thruster, but be assured that when it is your own, your world view will be changed forever.
    That is absolutely magical, Peter. Thank you so much.
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