|Inspection and Planning
When the aircraft arrives for painting, all surfaces are inspected with the customer to determine the existing condition of skins, composites, windows, landing gear, control surfaces and and plastics.
Small dents and wrinkles in the skin that are hardly noticeable under old, chalky or weather-beaten paint will stand out noticeably under a new, shiny coat of high-gloss paint.
Any defects that could affect the quality of the exterior painting are noted and discussed with the customer prior to starting work.
|Control Surface Preparation
Control surfaces cannot be
painted on the aircraft.
All primary flight controls
(Ailerons, elevators and rudder)
and any necessary fiberglass or
plastic components are removed from the aircraft in our maintenance facility.
Flight control rigging data is
recorded, then the aircraft and
removed parts are moved next
door to our stripping and
Preparation for Stripping
Today's chemicals will actually
When the original finish has
Hand - Sanding
Post - Stripping Inspection
Basic Body Work
|Etch and Alodine
Surface preparation for painting is the most important requirement for insuring proper adherence and performance of a paint system.
Prior to applying the primer coat, the bare metal is given a final hand-sanding and a special wax and grease remover is used to remove any impurities.
The bare aluminum is acid-etched and chemically treated to assure long-term protection from corrosion. Chromate conversion coating material is brushed on and allowed to react with the aluminum surfaces until it turns a brassy iridescent yellowish tint; reaction time is between 3 and 5 minutes. Then the material is blotted off with rags and clean water.
No visible coating residue (yellowish color) will remain on the rag after the last blotting action.
"The Royal Treatment"
Base Coat Painting
Care of New Paint
Do not use "Joy" of "Dawn" or other dishwashing soaps that are designed to remove grease - they will remove resins from the paint prematurely and dull the finish.
Improper cleaning agents will also compromise the UV protection designed into the paint.
Waxing the aircraft.
When washing or waxing, use the same care that you would when polishing your plexiglass windows. Always use soft rags - no hard brushes and NO PAPER TOWELS!
Do not apply degreasing materials to remove grease stains. A mild automotive soap with plenty of water is best.
Proper care will extend the appearance of your aircraft for 10 to 15 years.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.
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