Plane Painting

At APPCO we follow our own very strict quality standards that have a proven track record to ensure a quality product and happy customer at the end. We do not believe in cutting corners and using the “cheapest materials”, but strive to find Quality materials at a reasonable price. Our prices are very competitive and in many cases the lowest around. We offer many services at once minimizing your down time and cost. We will work with you on your design request and special material request where possible. Contact us for more information as we are in the business of making friends and restoring planes. See our standard steps below…

Step 1. Aircraft Arrival Inspection

At APPCO we want to provide you the best possible experience from the first time we talk and into the future for years to come. To do this, it is necessary to make sure that we cover everything upfront upon arrival. We ask that you plan to be at our location for at least two hours when dropping off the plane for a full plane inspection. We will need your participation to make sure we cover everything and finalize all paperwork.

  • We will photograph aircraft in great detail
  • We will write down and Mark all dings, dents, corrosion, missing rivets, etc.
  • We will check Flight controls for damage
  • We will check the condition of all the windows
  • We will check and document all the Door function and seals.
  • We will check the visible condition of all plastic and fiberglass exterior components
  • Document signs of oil and fuel leaks
  • Document the condition of the propeller
  • Document the condition of the antennas
  • Document the condition of the all root seals
  • Document the operation of exterior lighting operation
  • Document the operation of interior lighting operation
  • We will check the visible condition of all plastic and fiberglass interior components
  • We will check the visible condition of all plastic and fiberglass exterior components
  • Document the condition of Carpet
  • Document the condition of Seats
  • Document the condition of Side panels

Step 2. Stripping Preparation

  • Protect windows with multiple layers alternating paper and heavy duty foil and foil tape
  • Seal flight control gaps, skin laps, doors and gas caps with foil tape
  • Cover all fiberglass, plastic, antenna, deicing boots, vents, landing gear and propeller(s) to prevent stripper contact
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 3. Stripping Process

  • Apply the appropriate and relevant stripper. We use friendly environmentally stripper when possible depending on the original paint.
  • Hot Pressure wash aircraft to remove excess stripper
  • Remove masking layer from windows and deice boots
  • Wash the entire aircraft
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 4. Body Repairs

  • Remove paint residue and corrosion from entire aircraft skin between rivet rows using a light sanding
  • Remove flight controls for off plane painting
  • Use Nylon abrasive wheels on all universal head rivets to prevent damage
  • Repair dents on non-control surfaces
  • Repair cracks in fibreglass where possible
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 5. Prime the Plane and all removed parts

  • Wipe down entire airplane with solvent to remove contamination
  • Apply etch to provide paint adhesion
  • Apply the appropriate conversion coating to provide a corrosion resistant layer
  • Rinse entire aircraft
  • Verify windows, propeller(s) and deice boots are protected
  • Wipe down entire airplane with tack rags to remove dust
  • Apply epoxy primer
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 6. Paint Base Coat

  • Solvent wipe to remove contamination
  • Tack wipe to remove dust
  • Apply selected paint
  • Allow paint to cure slowly to ensure the wet look
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 7. Layout of stripes and tail numbers

  • Mask the stripes
  • Mask the N-number
  • Align removed parts to ensure pattern match
  • Verify with customer for final approval of layout prior to paint application
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 8. Paint stripes and tail numbers

  • Apply 1st selected paint
  • Allow paint to cure slowly to ensure the wet look
  • Apply 2nd color selected paint (if two tone)
  • Allow paint to cure slowly to ensure the wet look
  • Remove masking to verify clean lines and edges
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 9. Return of removed parts

  • Balance Flight controls per MFG and FAA requlations
  • Return flight controls to plane
  • Return inspection panels to plane
  • Return all other parts to plane
  • Apply pro-seal to windows
  • Apply wing walk (if needed)
  • Apply de-ice boot sealant (if needed)
  • Document progress and send pictures and updates to the customer

Step 10. Final clean for customer pickup

  • Test gear per MFG and FAA requlations (if required)
  • Apply placards where needed
  • Detail plane for customer pick-up
  • Document progress and finish closeout paper work with the customer

Interested in our services?

Get in touch with us