Being the first all fiberglass rocket I've ever finished, I had no idea if the method I had been using on paper tube rockets would yield similar results. So I decided to just proceed as I normally would an pay close attention to see if one or more of the steps in my standard needed modification. As it turned out, the same technique worked out fine.
|Figure 1 - Dupli Color High Build Primer coat|
Although the fiberglass obviously was devoid of any spiral lines, there were still small dings and scratches as well as a couple of sanding marks where I removed the mould seem on the nosecone. For this reason I went ahead and gave it two-three good heavy coats of sandable filler primer and then sanded all the surfaces down to a thin, very smooth coat.
|Figure 2 - Fluorescent paint for the fins|
Probably the biggest potential "gotchya" in the finishing stage was that I wanted to use yellow and red fluorescent paint for the fins. Fluorescent paint MUST be put down over a clean WHITE primer. If you put it down over any other base color, you won't get the fluorescent "pop" your expecting. So as with all of my previous kits, I laid on a nice heavy coat of Krylon flat white primer and sanded it with very fine sand paper just enough to knock down some but not all of the tooth.
|Figure 3 - Applying the fluorescent fin color|
|Figure 4 - The completed "Nike Smoke"|