A great exterior paint job on your aircraft not only needs to look good for the life of the paint job, but it also must stand up to the elements and servicing that the aircraft will go through after it is painted. That’s why we only use the top quality and proven products to paint your aircraft.
The first step is to do a thorough inspection of the aircraft when it is dropped off. This is done to identify any cosmetic and mechanical issues that may affect the end product or air worthy issues. Once that is complete, then a list will be given to you for approval along with cost estimates for repair.
Step two is to remove or mask up all sensitive parts of the aircraft, using 3m aluminum tape, aluminum foil and 6 mil plastic. The flight controls are removed on most aircraft during this time. Then an environmentally friendly biodegradable paint remover is applied to the entire aircraft.
Step three is to wash the entire aircraft off until all the old paint is gone. Then the aircraft is re-inspected for any hidden damage or corrosion. Some areas of the aircraft are un-masked and those areas are hand sanded to get the aircraft ready for Etch and Alodine. The etch is used to clean the pores of the aluminum out to remove any microscopic corrosion in the pores of the aluminum. The etch is sprayed on the aircraft and scrubbed with a Scotch-Brite pad then washed off with fresh water. The Alodine is then spayed on the entire aircraft and washed off with fresh water. The purpose of the Alodine is to seal the pores of the aluminum and give the primer something to grab hold of. This is the most important step in corrosion control and to stop adhesion failure in the future.
Step four is spraying a two part Mil-spec epoxy primer on the aircraft and depending on the aircraft, a Hi-build epoxy primer will be sprayed over the Mil-spec primer. Then the entire aircraft is sanded with 320 grit sandpaper. Once the aircraft is sanded and prepped to perfection then the entire aircraft is painted with 3 coats of polyurethane.
Step five is the layout of the aircraft with your personal paint design. This is all done by hand and the years of experience will show up in the attention to detail required to get exactly the look you are wanting. At this point we can send you text pics or emails of the layout for your approval.
Step six is when we paint the trim colors on. We sand the design areas with 320 grit sandpaper and then go around the tape edges with a Scotch-Brite pad to ensure that proper adhesion is achieved once the trim colors are painted on. If you have metallic trim colors then a polyurethane clear coat is painted on top of the metallic trim colors.
Step seven is when the work really starts. After the aircraft is un-masked, we do a thorough inspection and detail the stripes to ensure that all paint lines are clean and crisp. This is also when the flight control balance is checked and the flight controls are re-installed. The bright work is polished, the de-ice boots are cleaned and re-sealed. The windows are re-sealed. All required placards are installed. Erosion boots are installed. The aircraft is detailed to perfection!