OK, I don't know if it's the heat, humidity or the position of Mars and Mercury with Taurus in ascension, (I have a friend how thinks the position of a star 65 light years away affects her daily life!
), but I have never had so much trouble with fraking paint!!!! No matter what I did, I ended up with tiger stripes, orange peel, runs, sags, you name it, I got it! I managed to get something decent after repeated resandings and repaintings, but I'll probably repaint when I get up north.
For the frame, I'm using Rustoleum Hammered black:
It goes on thick and is really good for covering up, (ahem), "manufacturing defects", (i.e. the crappy looking welds from my crappy welder!
). It's supposed to be black, but the color is more of a gray/black. For accent pieces, I'm using Dupli-color "GM Garnet Red" from AutoZone and for screws, nuts, etc, I'm using epoxy black. Well, the can says that it's epoxy black, but since it's not a two stage paint, I'm pretty sure that it's not a true epoxy paint.
I painted the batteries to match the frame. This covers up the melt damage from my little fire and blends the batteries into the general scheme:
A small detail, but IMO important, is that I installed a small piece of 1/4" fule line on the back support of the motor mount . This will act as a bumper to prevent damage to the motor casing when I hit a bump:
I also drilled an "access hole" so that I can and the lock nut for the lower mount hole more easily.
Next, I went to work on the controller. I took it apart and painted it GM Garnet Red:
I still work on computers, (more than I want, but...), so I have thermal paste laying around. After painting, I cleaned the interior of the controller case and applied Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 thermal paste to the bottom of the controller internals:
I then reassembled the controller and resealed it with some black silicone sealant:
I popped it on to the back of the quad. Even though the paint needs to be redone, I think that it looks pretty good. The red has a nice contrast to the gray/black of the Hammered paint: