Mike Willey received the House of Kolor 2002 Prestigious Painter Award with this paint job.
The paint process has been going along rather slowly. In February 2001, the entire aircraft was scuffed and cleaned. Two coats of PPG's White Epoxy Primer were applied on the aircraft. After the suggested cure time, two coats of House Of Color Snowhite Pearl was painted over the white epoxy. To protect the pearl coats two coats of House Of Color Intermediate Clear was applied over the pearl coats.
We wanted the aircraft to stand out on the flight line, so a local graphics artist named Mike Willey was hired to apply graphics to the airframe. We gave examples of different graphics ideas we found in various car and aircraft magazines to Willey to use as a guide when he started the paint scheme. We basically gave Willey freedom to come up with a neat paint scheme. This would be a challenge for Willey because he normally specializes on streetrods, motorcycles and boats.
After Willey finished with the aircraft, two coats of a high build clear werel applied over the graphics to protect them. This clear will be wet sanded with 1500 grit sandpaper and then polished to a mirror like image.
This demonstrates the steps taken to paint on the checker board flag.