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Plastidip the Mavic; Good idea or bad idea?
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phatee
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I found this video of a guy plastidipping his P4.  Would this be a good idea or a bad idea for the drone?  Would the added weight affect performance?  
2016-10-25 19:51:29
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trance728
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I would think it would affect performance at least a little bit. If you were gonna go that route I would use the spray over the actual dip. Did that person mention anything after they did it?
2016-10-25 20:01:39
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kevinelliott
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I don't recommend it, unless you feel comfortable voiding your warranty. Also, it can create more problems than it's worth.
2016-10-25 20:02:48
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kevinelliott Posted at 2016-10-26 12:02
I don't recommend it, unless you feel comfortable voiding your warranty. Also, it can create more pr ...

That's correct, I'm not sure on the effect it would have on everything, like covering the GPS in the rear and whatnot.
2016-10-25 20:42:33
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phatee
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i just found this and his P4 malfunctioned or something according to his description. so yeah I'm not gonna do anything with mine.
2016-10-25 21:14:18
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I would not recommend it!
2016-10-25 21:27:11
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superjet96
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I don't think I would be taking advice from a guy who used that much spray paint in a confined area.
2016-10-25 22:25:55
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phatee Posted at 2016-10-26 07:14
i just found this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D62C6sIb33w and his P4 malfunctioned or something  ...

It looks awesome but i dont think im gonna spray my mavic
2016-10-25 22:33:33
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It's hard to believe anyone would actually spray paint a drone without covering the vents at the very least! The video where the dude striped his right down and even covered the screw holes was a much smarter way to paint your drone. If you really have to paint it!

2016-10-25 22:53:10
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Free Bird Posted at 2016-10-26 02:53
It's hard to believe anyone would actually spray paint a drone without covering the vents at the ver ...

there's clearly a proper way that the first guy hasno clue about.
2016-10-25 23:29:57
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phatee Posted at 2016-10-25 22:14
i just found this and his P4 malfunctioned or something  ...


That looks like an Earl Scheib paint job. Yea, don't waste the time to cover the sensors or vents, plus the circuit board and CPU looked great in orange, LOL!

Yes, bad idea!
2016-10-25 23:38:47
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If it's something you can't reverse don't do it....
2016-10-26 01:24:03
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hallmark007 Posted at 2016-10-26 02:24
If it's something you can't reverse don't do it....

For the next video, paint thinner will be applied to show how to get it back to original!   ROFL    : )
2016-10-26 04:18:27
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kevinelliott Posted at 2016-10-25 20:02
I don't recommend it, unless you feel comfortable voiding your warranty. Also, it can create more problems than it's worth.

Won't void the warranty, read up on what plasti dip is first before giving wrong info!  I sprayed mine ( just the arms) as grey is a horrible color for flying in many places, used the blaze yellow, so it's now contrasting. Fly's fine and I can see it much better, when I am over it, I peal it off!
2017-3-13 18:14:05
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superjet96 Posted at 2016-10-25 22:25
I don't think I would be taking advice from a guy who used that much spray paint in a confined area.

Nice, LOL.  

Seriously though- I see no issues with coating the drone; it's no different than a decal/wrap.  Of course you can't cover up any vents with the product (should be self-explanatory).  I suppose there is the likelihood of some surface areas becoming warmer b/c of the insulation it provides; so if anyone does this experiment with a laser thermometer.  It actually might be a great idea for flying up here in Cold Canada.  But FOR SURE DON'T SPRAY THE PROPS- doing so will affect the prop's balance/ center of gravity drastically (and will affect thrust, control etc).
2017-3-13 20:59:14
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rbruz Posted at 2017-3-13 18:14
Won't void the warranty, read up on what plasti dip is first before giving wrong info!  I sprayed mine ( just the arms) as grey is a horrible color for flying in many places, used the blaze yellow, so it's now contrasting. Fly's fine and I can see it much better, when I am over it, I peal it off!

Agreed.  Good uses for this.  Also the popular 'sunshade gimble' you can buy is basically black pd over the clear original.
2017-3-13 21:03:16
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OK so I flew now 4 times with the new arms colored, works great !  Check it https://www.instagram.com/p/BRoO ... renicgear&hl=en[/url] so nope doesn't hurt a thing, helps los as well !
2017-3-18 12:45:06
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rbruz Posted at 2017-3-18 12:45
OK so I flew now 4 times with the new arms colored, works great !  Check it Hhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BRoO1Uwlj1Y/?taken-by=renicgear&hl=en[/url] so nope doesn't hurt a thing, helps los as well !

Nice contrast, I bet you can los it much better now.  I do same on my planes, will use some Mylar tape first.
2017-3-18 13:17:30
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MavicMule Posted at 2017-3-18 13:17
Nice contrast, I bet you can los it much better now.  I do same on my planes, will use some Mylar tape first.

Thanks yes it works great, didn't want a sticker as it will create drag if you don't have the edges exactly seamless. I have a machine to make wraps, but it's not worth the pain in ass I thought. This was way easy to do. $12 can of paint done, when you are over it, peal it off, pealing wrap can be a pain depending on how long ya leave it on. Mylar tape I can't remember if it leaves residue ?
2017-3-20 14:31:43
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rbruz Posted at 2017-3-18 12:45
OK so I flew now 4 times with the new arms colored, works great !  Check it Hhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BRoO1Uwlj1Y/?taken-by=renicgear&hl=en[/url] so nope doesn't hurt a thing, helps los as well !

mind taking/posting some closeups of the paint job?  just curious how it looks. and how you painted around the joints
2017-3-20 19:44:21
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AG0N-Gary
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Adding weight, decreasing cooling, hmm...what's wrong with this picture?
2017-3-20 20:17:21
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rbruz Posted at 2017-3-20 14:31
Thanks yes it works great, didn't want a sticker as it will create drag if you don't have the edges exactly seamless. I have a machine to make wraps, but it's not worth the pain in ass I thought. This was way easy to do. $12 can of paint done, when you are over it, peal it off, pealing wrap can be a pain depending on how long ya leave it on. Mylar tape I can't remember if it leaves residue ?

I really like that!

Some details of the process you followed would be very welcome.
2017-3-21 20:04:45
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