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Finishing off the baggage area of the RV-14 is a simple enough task. It's really a matter of riveting the baggage floor and side panels. For the most part, the panels are riveted using pull rivets. This means that there's little or no dimpling required.
Prior to starting, I snapped a few pictures of the open floor (mostly as future reference).
Next, I prepped and placed the floor panels.
Once the floor panels were fixed, the side panels and flap motor channel were riveted to the airframe.
The end of Section 32 marked the time to paint the cockpit interior (if so desired). Since I haven't determined what kind of finish panels I might install (if any), I decided it was worthwhile to paint it while there was easy access and little masking required. I chose Zolatone Gray Stone. Zolatone's finish is a mix of fine speckled colors that has a light texture to it. I liked the idea of this finish because of its tendency to blend the exposed structure. I used a Harbor Freight sprayer with good results. Although Zolatone calls for a 2.0mm tip, the 1.7mm tip worked without issue.
Here's a closeup of the finish.
And here's some wide shots of the cockpit. With about 2.5 coats, I used a half gallon. Of course, I wasn't being as careful as possible, and I am sure that I wasted more than necessary. That leaves me plenty for the remaining panels due with the finish kit.