After a walk-around inspection, aircraft will be prepared for stripping. Landing gears, Plexiglas, composite parts, seams, boots, and any other areas that need to be protected will be covered. Static wicks will be removed. Chemical paint remover will be applied to the aircraft exterior. After paint has been sufficiently loosened, the aircraft will be thoroughly rinsed with water.
Cover (foil/plastic) and tape are removed from the composite parts, landing gears and seams. The plane will be spot sanded using 320 grit sandpaper to remove any corrosion and residual paint. Composite parts will be sanded smooth and surface primed, if necessary, with a high-build polyurethane primer.
Aircraft is washed by hand with soap and scotch-brite pads to clean an neutralize the surface of the aluminum anc composite parts. It will be rinsed and inspected for a clean,l water-break free surface. Next, the surface of the aircraft will be treated with etch solution to deep-clean the metal and remove oxidation. Rinsed. Then, a chromate conversion coating (alodine) will be applied for a clean, corrosion free alodine treated exterior. Rinsed.
sealing rivet lines
After sufficient drying time, all windows, antennas, boots, tires, and other parts not to painted will be masked with tape and masking paper. Seams will be sealed with approved sealant and sanded smooth. The entire aircraft surface will then be wiped with a lacquer thinner/alcohol mixture to remove finger prints, perspiration, grease, and other contaminants. Mil Spec S3001 Epoxy primer will then be applied.
After sufficient drying time, a high build polyurethane primer will be applied to hide seams, flush rivet dimples and surface imperfections. The primer is sanded smooth. Aircraft will be wiped with alcohol and tack cloths to remove all sanding dust, finger prints, and other contaminants. Then finishes paint with three coats of Polyester Urethane, applied electro statically. Landing gears and gear wells will be cleaned, sanded and painted.
three-coat base coat
After sufficient drying time, the paint design will be laid out on the aircraft in consistent with customer specifications. The entire aircraft is masked to prevent overspray, and stripe paint colors will be applied one at a time. After the stripes are applied, all masking will be removed; any overspray will be removed from the aircraft. Areas requiring re-work will be marked, and detail crew will begin preparation of the aircraft for final inspection.
Spinners will be polished to a deep shine, boots will be edged sealed and windows will be edged-sealed with approved PRC. All exterior decals will be applied and tires will be cleaned. Windows will be polished using Plexiglas Cleaner and micro-fiber cloth.
All flight control surfaces will be balanced in accordance with factory specifications, and then re-installed. Screws on tremovable inspection panels will be replaced with stainless hardware.
Aircraft will then be inspected for cosmetic flaws and for prper movement and rigging of control surfaces. Landing gear wells will be inspected. After the customer inspection, any customer paint squawks will be remedied to the satifaction of the customer or customer's designated inspector.