What paint or treatment did you use on your instrument panel?  I'm leaning toward dark gray or black with a flat or wrinkle finish to conceal imperfections and fingerprints.


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Tremclad Hammered Finish in spray can.

Larry, I used a spray can of dark gray with a very small amount of metallic flake in it. The latter works well to your point of hiding fingerprints or small blemishes. Click on the pic below and zoom in and you can see the very slight texture the metallic provides. My panel lettering is white on clear labels and they contrast nicely with the dark gray. I've had no problems with sun glare or reflections while in flight. Regards, Dave


Do you remember where you got your paint?  Brand and/or the name the manufacturer called the series with metallic flakes?
The can is out at the hangar. Tomorrow evening I'll get the info for you. //Dave
Found a can in the garage just now .. Rustoleum Metallic finish.
Carbon fiber sheet .017'' thick, used 3m # 77 contact spray to adhere to panel. Purchased on Ebay for $70 and there was enough to do two panels. It looks even better in person than in picture. They also have it in colors, blue, green, gray etc.

Larry - The biggest thing is glare and reflection. You should keep those to a minimum. Usually a dark flat finish will accomplish that. You may considered extending the glare shield or pushing the panel further under it. Sometimes at certain angles to the sun through the transparent cabin top causes some instrument view problems. The dark finish should apply to the top of the glare shield and some pilots feel the top of the cowling also. My two cents.


Thanks for all the ideas. There are more options than I expected.  I'm still open to any other creative solutions, now that my preconceived notions have been swept away!

Hi Larry

I just went for the same Matterhorn white that I am painting the rest of my plane. My reasons are because the black and white contrast lets me home in the immediately, and because I like it. I made the spray gun splatter a bit to reduce the gloss.





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