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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:01 am    Post subject: Cockpit ceiling color Reply with quote

Guys

Normally colors are chosen by aesthetics reasons, and the color of the cockpit interior of your RV-10 is probably no exception.

But aesthetics apart, thinking only of technical reasons, which is the best color for the bottom part of the cabin cover (i.e the cockpit ceiling)?
Being it painted or with headliner, should it be preferably dark, even black, or in the contrary, should it be a light color, even white?

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Carlos


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject: Cockpit ceiling color Reply with quote

I can tell you that if you plan to do photos out the
windows, the darker the better. EVERYTHING in the cockpit
that is light in color will add glare on the windows.
You can cut some of it by using a circular polarizing
filter. We also carry a black towel to lay over our
clothes and seat belts and things that are reflecting.
So if photos are a plan, the darker the better.

Tim

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Guys

Normally colors are chosen by aesthetics reasons, and the color of the
cockpit interior of your RV-10 is probably no exception.

But aesthetics apart, thinking only of technical reasons, which is the
best color for the bottom part of the cabin cover (i.e the cockpit ceiling)?

Being it painted or with headliner, should it be preferably dark, even
black, or in the contrary, should it be a light color, even white?

Thanks

Carlos



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Cockpit ceiling color Reply with quote

Summers here can be hot, so I avoided dark colors as much as possible. Spray painted the top a "light leather" color I thought would match the eventual seats. Turned out to be much lighter, not a great match. Plane flies the same regardless! I have not noticed the reflections Tim mentioned but I'm not a photographer.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Cockpit ceiling color Reply with quote

Hi take a look on this project, very nice interior.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/sfsportaviation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=19457
6880972597

Luiz

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Cockpit ceiling color Reply with quote

Mine is medium gray. No problems with our non-professional pics. I'd say that if one is into aerial photography, a high-wing with open doors or windows would be best. My glareshield and panel is flat black and I like it that way.

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