I used white Interlux Brightside Polyurethane paint that I purchased off the internet. I believe you can purchase it at any marine supply store as well. It is thinned down with Interlux Brush-Ease paint thinner so that it flows well. It is almost the consistency of water when applying. I think it looks great up close. Many people think it was sprayed on until I tell them it was rolled on with a foam roller. After applying a coat I used a dry foam roller about 5-10 minutes after to smooth it out. It took three coats to get a consistent look and coverage. It isn't difficult to do, it just takes a lot of patience. There is a lot of prep work before the painting can begin. I cleaned the entire plane with soap and water and then applied a Bonderite self etcher. This is then rinsed and coated with Alodine which is also rinsed and dried before starting to paint. I just keep searching the internet for the decals before I found the ones I liked and purchased. There are a lot out there for automotive. It took about a month and a half to do the entire job but I think it was time well spent.
Robert, I had to trim the ends of the upper horizontal firewall channel to clear the mounts. For the mid mounts, I used 1/4 inch bolts through the mount, firewall, and Zenith supplied steel reinforcement on the inside. For the lower mounts, I bent up 4130 steel sheet to tie the mounts to the lower belly longerons.
Here is a video I made when attempting to align the original mount. After this video, I sent the mount back to Viking. They corrected and returned it.
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