I've taped off the inside of the canopy and primed it with SEM rattle can primer. I like the finish and it seems to hold up well. I've found that it's possible to have a nice-looking finished product using rattle cans, but you have to go through all the motions of prepping and painting just as if you were using a real spray gun.

I've finished painting the interior of the canopy and have removed the mask from the inside of the plexiglass. I used 3M fineline tape to mask off the line on the interior of the plexiglass canopy. Fineline leaves a much smoother finished line and bends nicely around corners.

Here's a picture of the canopy temporarily installed to the painted fuselage for final fitting before I send it out to be painted. The black and yellow tape along the aft portion of the canopy is just to protect the paint from unnecessary scratches. I guess I didn't get a picture of it, but the left side of the canopy skirt ended up being too short. I don't know if I jacked up the fit when I installed the piano hinge or if the original canopy installation was just a tad short, but it had to be fixed... Keep reading to see how I decided to handle it.

Different parts of the canopy skirt needed shims to help the skirt fit nice and tight with to the fuselage. I decided to make them out of plexiglass. Here, I've drilled a whole row of holes and then countersunk them with my countersink tool. I then cut them apart with my band saw to make a bunch of custom spacers.

I used this nifty little tool sold by Avery Tools to bend a joggle into a strip of .025" 2024 aluminum. Actually, I bent the joggle the entire width of a sheet of aluminum with the idea that it would be easier to steady the whole piece and then cut off what I needed. It was my first time using this tool so I ended up with just barely the 28-3/4" of good joggle out of a possible 48". This picture was posed using some scrap just to show how the tool works.

Here's a close-up of the tool. You just add or remove washers to set the depth of the joggle. Simple and effective.

You may have to make the picture big to see what I'm doing here, but basically, I'm test-fitting an approximately 3/4" strip that I'm hoping to graft on to the lower edge of the canopy skirt.

I had originally planned to bond the extension strip to the canopy frame using good old-fashioned West Systems epoxy, but a friend suggested I try this stuff. He said something about bonding wings to Pipers with it or something like that. What the heck? I figure it's non-structural so if it sticks, I'm sold.