Painting an aircraft is quite an elaborate process. The following checklist is our approach to painting your aircraft.
Initial incoming inspection to determine exact workscope and note discrepancies in the general condition of the aircraft.
Strip to Metal – Non-metal aircraft parts are protected from the paint stripper and the metallic surfaces are stripped bare with mil-spec organic chemical stripper.
In work inspection is accomplished to determine the extent of any hidden damage.
- Cosmetic Repair Work – A six man hour allowance is allocated to the cosmetic repair of minor bumps, dents, and dings.
- Surface Corrosion Control – A four man-hour allowance is allocated for the treatment of minor surface corrosion.
- Fiberglass Parts – Non-metallic airframes surfaces are machine sanded, polyurethane filler primed, and hand sanded.
- Skin Seams – Flush skin seams are cleaned, inspected, and sealed as required.
- Erosion Protection – High erosion areas are specially prepared by texturing them to give added “tooth” to the metal for better primer adhesion.
- Brightener Wash – The entire aircraft is hand washed with diluted phosphoric acid soap brightener and scuff pads, rinsed and hand washed a second time to achieve a water break free cleanliness.
- Alodine – All metal surfaces receive a complete alodine treatment. Controlled chromic acid is applied to the metal, conversion coating it to non-metal aluminum oxide. This treatment provides a corrosion protection barrier and the basis for superior adhesion.
- Primer – One coat of chromate epoxy primer is applied for corrosion protection and top coat bonding.
- Color – Three coats of overall Jet Glo polyurethane Base color are sprayed over all of the aircraft.
- Trim Colors – The trim colors of your choice, in the most current factory paint design are applied.
- Landing Gear – The landing gear, brakes, and wheel assemblies, but not the wheel wells, are prepped and painted a silver lacquer or matching overall exterior color to current factory design specifications.
- Flight Control Surfaces – The applicable flight control surfaces are removed, balance checked to the manufacturers tolerances and reinstalled by a licensed A.P.
- Bright Metal – (when applicable) The existing unpainted bright metal surfaces are re polished.
- Placards – The FAA requires placards only as listed in the aircraft fight manual are applied to the finished surfaces.
- De-Icer Boots – (when applicable) The pneumatic deicer boots are finished with an application of the B.F. Goodrich conductive edge sealer, then sealed with gloss black polyurethane enamel.
- Window Seals – Cabin windows are sealed with an elastomeric fillet sealant for a finished window treatment, if needed.
A final airworthiness inspection and work scope specification inspection are accomplished. The aircraft logbooks are signed off with an airworthiness release.