Subject: Globe Swift Interior Paint
I am in the process of redoing the interior paint of my Globe Swift Sn#1265 and want to be as original as possible. I know the hat shell is a lighter blue as indicated in our Swift Hints and Information book but I'm not sure where it breaks to the dark Swift blue. I assume the two cross supports are the lighter blue. What color should the seat back, the trim crank bracket and the large rollover support which the hatch latch is secured to be? Also, I have ordered the two aluminum trim pieces for the shelf from Joe at Swift Parts but I didn't find any holes from a previous installation but was please to find the original data plate under some old upholstery and glue. Did all Globes have this trim installed. Any help would be appreciated. -- Ray Bossola

I presume you mean turnover structure, yes, it's the lighter blue. The seat back should be the dark blue. (The trim crank bracket and the large rollover support) are light blue. N3272K was a "Deluxe" Swift, and I think those trim pieces should be installed. I can get over to the airport in a day or two and look at Mark Holliday's N80966 (s/n 1159) I will write you back later. These answers are from memory. If you want a real expert answer write Mark Holliday - -- Jim

From: Anton Venter <>
Could you please advise on cleaning up the skin surfaces and preparation toward priming. The fuselage has a layer of old paint on it, but the wings are bare metal. I stripped a small piece of paint on the rear end and saw what looked like a dark grey/black-greenish tarnish in the skin. This wears through into bright silver aluminum. Is this normal? What do I do about deep scratches on the skin surface?

I would presume that the aluminum is coated with zinc chromate primer. Paint stripper may remove it. If the stripper removes the paint but not the primer, the primer is a lacquer primer and can be removed with ketone or acetone. What you describe is normal. Deep scratches are a judgment call, most of them can be filled with primer/surfacer and body filler. -- Jim

BALANCING ACT...  (070300)
Subj: control surface balancing
From: Michelle Dolin <>
Hi Jim,
We have recently stripped the paint off the control surfaces (elevators & ailerons), in preparation for new paint. What we want to know is, how much will the paint affect the balancing? What process if any, will we have to follow to keep in balance. Thanks -- Michelle

The rudder is not balanced and has not appeared sensitive to application of paint. (Note: the book figure for rudder cable tension is 70 lb.) The elevators are partially balanced, perhaps 75%, (I never really determined exactly) and they do not appear to have any flutter problems. The ailerons are balanced 100% and I would caution you not to add an appreciable amount of weight with the application of paint, although the Swift in general seems resistant to flutter. -- Jim

Subj: Trim Paint
From: Richard Aaron <>
Monty, I understand that at one time Swift Parts had the original blue and red trim paint in spray cans, but that these are no longer available. Would you know of any spray can (or other) paint that would be a close match, such as a particular auto color, Rust-O-leum or Krylon? I only have to touch-up some small spots. Joe had told me that the original colors were Washington Blue and Chinese Red.

Sorry, I don't know the exact answer to that. I would find a store that has those colors and try them. Washington Blue was a color used by Ford for many years. -- Jim

From: Rocky Rutter <>
Subject: Factory Painted Swifts - N3820K was RED
A minor correction. Although the story persists that only one Swift left the factory painted, there were at least two. The original factory records for N3820K are archived in Athens. When I pulled them & looked at the original equipment list it shows "Paint - Red 15 lbs." I believe it was Mark Holiday who commented at the time that 15 pounds of paint will cover a Swift. There are a few concealed places where the original red can be seen. N3820K was originally Globe serial number 1513 and there is a Globe data plate in the belly with that number. After Temco acquired the Globe assets, the Serial number was changed to Temco 3509 and the plane delivered to California in early 1948. I have often wondered if the paint was applied to conceal skin blemished by sitting outside as an orphan. How ironic that so many Swifts were painted, yet one of the rare painted ones has been stripped & polished. -- Rocky Rutter

The operative word in the phrase "the only painted Globe Swift" is GLOBE. N3820K is a Temco. (even if Globe started building it!) N3820K was in the batch that were underway when Globe went under. Many of that series have a Globe data plate and serial number and also a Temco data plate and serial number. N3820K would have been Globe s/n 1513, but was sold as Temco s/n 3509. -- Monty

Subj: How Much ???
From: Pete King <>
How much weight is gained by painting a Swift -- The Swift -- not me ! Regards, Pete King

It depends on how much you put on! The old Dulux paint jobs only added 15 - 20 lb. I have an old Temco Weight & Balance sheet here somewhere, I think it says 15 lb. Today's fancy Imron and other epoxy paints can add up. If the paint weighs 8 lb. a gallon and you use 10 gallons, that is 80 lb. before you allow for overspray and evaporation of solvents. I checked the Poly-Fiber manual and they say the dope on a Cub weighs 45-75 lb. I have never weighed a Swift "before" and "after" a paint job, but it might be interesting! -- Jim

From: Paul Smith <>
Subject: paint remover
Dear fellow Swifters,
This is a letter detailing my experience with stripping the 5 coats of pain of my newly acquired Swift 1171. It concludes with a recommendation and information on obtaining the product. I started with a heavy duty metal pain stripper recommended by my local FBO. I applied it, let is soak, and hosed it off with a 4,500 PSI hot water pressure washer. For the areas of the plane with only one coat on it, it came off very easily. However, the underside of the plane had a total of 5 coats, Baby blue on top, white under that, dark green under that, grey primer under that, and yellow chromate on the bottom. On one wing there was the added coat from the old large numbers. Removing these layers from one flap took 4 applications and much scotch brite scrubbing, with corners and rivets still imbued with a variety of remaining pain colors. After a total of 20 hours on one half of one wing, I decided that something else had to be done. I decided to go searching for some Removall. This is amazing stuff. It must be applied properly, but does the job. It took a total of two coats and about 4 hours to do the entire other wing, the remaining half of the first wing, and all the belly plates.

Details I have learned the hard way.
1. It must be applied with an airless sprayer and low pressure setting.
2. They recommend a 0.019 to 0.025 " nozzle I suggest the largest. The reason for this is that water inactivates this material, and any water in the system will make the constituent parts clump like curdled milk, causing nozzle obstruction.
3. Wait, then wait some more. This stuff keeps working a long time.
4. thoroughly clean the sprayer with hot water after use. Make sure that you have allowed everything in the sprayer to dry before beginning a new coat.
5. Use gloves and wear goggles. While it is not particularly toxic, it does release peroxide which is very irritating to the eyes, and it is very acidic, which will dry and crack your skin.
6. Stubborn spots clean up well with scotch brite and the remover.
NOTE: this is extremely slippery, oily stuff. Walking around it, even trying to get the nozzle off to clean it out when it gets plugged brings up the analogy of a greased pig.

Removall comes from Napier ltd in Canada in Delta, BC. 604.526-0802
<>. The importer is in Florida and the rep is Arthur Bragg 205-266-7365 It costs $ 112.50 for 5 gallons of removall. It is NOT a hazardouse material and requires no special care in use, as it becomes harmless after
 exposure to water. Good luck! Paul Smith

Subj: Swift Paint
From: Dave Jewell <>
Can you give me a reference number or color number for the blue exterior paint for the top of the cowl & the striping? I'm doing a factory original paint for my 1948 Swift. By the way, I really like my Sensenich prop! It performs well, and I don't have to mess with weights on the Aeromatic anymore. Thanks, Dave Jewell 1948J

What we've been using is PPG D-10701. The newer paint chips are brighter than the old 1948 colors. If you want to be more accurate in the color you might want to add a little black to get the blue a little darker. We used to use a commercial blue -- same as the 1948 GM trucks. I have the D-10701 on my Swift and it might be a little brighter than the true 1948 color but I think it looks great. I just put a new Sensenich on my Swift too -- but I haven't had a chance to fly it yet. I put on a 74DR-1-62. -- Jim

Subj: Paint
From: Harry Fenton <>
Hi Jim, Today's question: I was looking at the paint on the Swift and it looks to me like the blue tint on mine looks suspiciously close to Insignia Blue. I'm basing this upon the premise that the numbers on the bottom of the wing have never been repainted and matching to other faded samples I have of the Insignia Blue color. I've seen a couple of DuPont p/n's thrown around, but I want to be exact, and document how I selected the color. I'm wondering, that given that many former warplane designers and production people were involved with Swift production, and the proximity to the end of the war, if it is possible that a stock, AN color spec like Insignia Blue was used. A related question- I have seen references to instrument panel blue. Is this a different color than the trim? Many of the original looking Swifts appear to have the instrument panel painted the same color as the plane trim colors. I've been e-mailing you directly- should I be posting my questions at the Yahoo site? I don't see much activity there and you seem to have pretty quick answers. I just want to make sure that whatever new info I might gather gets shared with the Swift group. I see that a couple of our discussions have been in the GTS update. Thanks, Harry

Try rubbing out & color matching the instrument panel. That is the true color for both the panel and the external trim. We used to use a commercial blue which was the same as the 1948 Chevy trucks. Lately we've been using PPG D-10701 which may be a little brighter than what was used in 1948. To get a true match you might want to put in a little black to tone it down a little. I have the D-10701 on my Swift which I think looks great, even if it might be brighter than the 1948 color. The insignia blue might not be too far off either. The Globe Swifts were a little darker shade than the Temcos. I think email sent to me directly is best. I try to check the Yahoo site every few days but since Yahoo screwed up that site there has not been much action there. I even thought about deleting the whole site but several guys asked me not to do that. -- Jim

PS Remember I said the Globes were a darker shade of blue? I just remembered something. Your plane was first flown in Dec. 1947 but it was probably made a year earlier as a Globe Swift, by Temco. The 78xxx series of airplanes were built under subcontract by Temco. After the Globe bankruptcy, many sat around for months before being sold. It may have been painted the Globe shade of blue.

Subj: Panel Paint Color
From: Dorothy Golding <>
Hi Monty; Duane would like to know what kind of paint and what color the original panel was painted? Thanks Dorothy

Globe orTemco? The Globe stripe and panel were PPG DAR 10403. The hat shelf was PPG DAR 3004 Neptune Blue. Years ago the chip for PPG DAR 10701 matched the Temco blue exactly, now the color seems brighter. To match the old color exactly may require a little black added. I have the 10701 on my Swift and altho it may a little brighter than 1950 I think it looks better! I was told the Temco factory used a commercial blue, same as the 1948 GM trucks. We also have used Union Oil Blue in the past. The 2000 s/n's used the Globe blue as far as I know, but the later ones may have been repainted by Temco. Your guess is good as mine as to what they may have used. -- Jim

From: "James Cummiskey" <>
Subject: Paint Recommendations & Swift Logo Nose Art and Trim Specifics
After my encounters with heavy rain and ice in Canada, my old paint job on N3800K isn't quite what it used to be. Hence, I have decided to get a new paint job that is close as possible to the original, and I have several questions:
* Does anyone have any experience with using PPG Aerospace Desothane CA8000Z buffable paint? I am thinking about going with the IM902 Titanium as the topcoat. How closely will this approximate the polished aluminum look of the original Swift (without all the hassle of polishing in the ocean air of Southern California)? Since I have a fiberglass cowling on my IO-360, painting the entire aircraft will also help preserve the look of the original color scheme of the aircraft.
* Which specific Swift Logo nose art was used originally on my 1946 GC-1B airplane (Serial #1493)? Does anyone have any high quality samples of this art I can use to replicate the original look? What were the dimensions of both the nose art and the accent striping?
* Can anyone confirm the modern color numbers for the colors in the original logo, accent stripes and the N-numbers?
* What are the dimensions of the original N-numbers on the top of the right wing and bottom of the left wing? Can anyone confirm the 18" high figure mentioned in Monty's FAQ (and also tell me the width)? Can anyone confirm that this positioning of the numbers on the wings will satisfy U.S. Customs' requirements (as opposed to the typical location on the sides of the fuselage)?
* What were the dimensions of the small N-numbers on the tail?
* I am thinking about changing my N-number from its current "N3800K" to its original "NC3800K." Do I need to do any paperwork with the Feds to re-register the plane with this new number?
Any advice anyone can offer for my first Swift paint job will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Regards, Jim Cummiskey N3800K

Jim -
You can paint "NC" on the airplane - nothing further required. See FAR 45 for detail on this. Read FAR Part 45 (45.29) re: the size of markings. The tail numbers can be 2" high per FAR 45.22 (b) (1) but you may not operate in an ADIZ or DEWIZ or in a foreign country unless that country consents to that operation. I don't know if Canada permits the small numbers or not. Last month Denis had N77751 pictured on the web site, that airplane (s/n 3523) should have the same trim as yours. Denis may have the picture or it is on the web somewhere. Other than the picture, I don't know of where to get more detail but that should work pretty well. Years ago the chip for PPG DAR 10701 matched the Temco blue exactly, now the color seems brighter. To match the old color exactly may require a little black added. I have the 10701 on my Swift and altho it may a little brighter than 1950 I think it looks better! I was told the Temco factory used a commercial blue, same as the 1948 GM trucks. We also have used Union Oil Blue in the past.

Subj: Swift colors
From: Travis Foss <>
Hi Jim,
I am currently restoring Swift NC80529 and am starting to think about painting. Some time back I remember seeing an article, possibly written by you, in regards to original Globe Swift Blue both interior and exterior. The article included a paint/part number and a source. Could you please help me find this info? Thank you, Travis Foss

The Globe stripe and panel were PPG DAR 10403 The hat shelf was PPG DAR 3004 Neptune Blue. I am glad to hear you are restoring N80529. -- Jim