hey mike,if breakin worked for you I guess I better try it then, who knows it couldnt hurt.I'm going to machine slots in my orig.low profile landing gear strut to lighten them .I'll weigh them before and after to see how much I can save.To bad about the paint ,I know the feeling. I just threw 1 canopy away because I didnt like the finshed paint.I'm glad theyre cheap cause it probably wont be the last one I do that doesnt meet my expectations lol. later,steve