Landing Gear Finishes
All Grove landing gear are hand finished to remove any blemishes, scratches, and dents that may have occured during the machining and heat treating processes. Additionally, you may consider one or more of the following options.
- Polishing — This is an option that we do not provide but something that you can do yourself. Tip— the entire gear does not have to be polished, only that portion that is visible. The hidden portion should be epoxy primed to prevent corrosion. Polished gear are the least corrosion resistant. Care must be taken to ensure that they always have an adequate coat of wax.
- Anodize — Anodizing provides good corrosion protection. Because most anodizing shops have limited-size anodizing tanks, we can offer anodizing only on two piece gear.
- Chem Film — Alodine provides some corrosion protection, but not as good as other methods such as epoxy primer. Again tank size is a problem. We are only able to chem film two piece gear.
Finishing Tips to Protect your Investment
- Painting — If you desire to paint your gear, we recommend that you use a good epoxy primer such as RAND-O-PLATE or EPIBOND. Finish with either epoxy or polyurethane paint.
- Powder Coating — You can powder coat the gear. However, care must be taken during the process to keep the temperature below 375°F in order to not affect the heat treatment.
- Corrosion Protection — We highly recommend that you corrosion protect the unaccessible portion of the landing gear located in the fuselage and/or wing. Suitable methods include epoxy prime, anodize, etc.