Aircraft Painting

PROCESS

Airtime Paint specialise in aircraft painting, aircraft repainting and aircraft refinishing. We offer a custom exterior aircraft paint finish, with a proven process alongside advanced coating technology for the ultimate aircraft repaint. Check out our paint process below for an insight into how we can enhance your light aircraft.

Airtime Paint’s team of highly dedicated aircraft refinishing specialists take pride in their workmanship and approach every paint project with meticulous care and attention. Our refinishing package includes complete removal of control surfaces and components, removal of all existing paint and corrosion, application of corrosion resistant primer, topcoat, and bespoke livery. We also offer a comprehensive warranty. 

1. Aircraft is thoroughly inspected and evaluated by the Paintshop Manager and Foreman. Once the inspection has been completed a refinishing schedule is created incorporating the owner’s personal requests.

Aircraft Repainting

2. All windows, glass, plastics, boots, antennas and delicate parts are masked using the best materials available to ensure complete protection throughout the stripping process. All removable parts such as control surfaces are removed, masked and stripped separately. 

Aircraft Refinishing

3. Chemical stripping using only aviation grade chemicals, such as Dasic d23v which has been designed to prevent damage to the aircraft substrate. We find this is by far the safest way to remove the old paint system. 

Light Aircraft Repainting

4. Once all traces of old paint have been removed the aircraft is cleaned with a hot high pressure wash and treated with Dasic Aeroklene to neutralise any remaining chemical. Absolutely no residue will remain in or on the aircraft. Every seam, rivet and edge receives added measures to insure that even the smallest amount of residue is removed. 

light aircraft refinishing

5. Any remaining inspection covers are removed to be painted separately. At this stage all corrosion removal, filler work and composite repairs are carried out in accordance with manufacturer’s specification. All screws and fasteners are removed. Up to eight hours labour for dent filling and/or corrosion repair is included as part of our base price. Dents or corrosion may be undetectable until aircraft is stripped, owners are advised of any additional charges. No extra work will be carried out without written consent providing contact can be made during the refinishing schedule. 

aircraft painting process

6. A complete airframe inspection is performed by one of our approved maintenance facilities. A report is then entered into the work schedule. The aircraft is now ready for paint. 

7. Two coats of 10P20-44MNF are applied. 10P20- 44MNF is a High Solid urethane compatible, Skydrol resistant primer for application to aircraft exterior surfaces. 10P20-44MNF provides excellent corrosion protection and optimizes the system adhesion of the exterior decoration finish. 

private aircraft painting

8. All composite parts are refinished with Alumigrip® 10P30-8 prior to topcoat application. 

9. Alumigrip® 4200 is applied as a final finish. Three full coats are applied rather than the standard two coats. This additional coat results in a “wet look” appearance and a longer lasting durable finish that provides premium gloss and distinctness of image designed to meet and exceed the expectations of the general aviation. 

private aircraft repainting

10. The livery is then taped out as per the customer’s specifications, Airtime Paint also offer a fully comprehensive design package. 

11. Computer cut masks are used for all registrations and logo’s resulting in clean crisp edges. Shadowing is also available. 

private aircraft refinishing

12. Alumigrip 4250 polyurethane topcoat is then applied. Solid and metallic colours are available. All colours are then over coated with Aerodur Clearcoat giving a durable high gloss finish. With multiple colour combinations at our disposal you can be assured of a bespoke finish every time. 

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13. Control surfaces are balanced using factory specifications. The Aircraft is then reassembled by licenced technicians, Re-fit all inspection panels and cowlings. New stainless steel screws are recommended on all panels refitted, and are available at additional cost. All duplicate inspections carried out and log book entries made. 

14. All CAA / FAA required placards are installed on the aircraft. Any other emblems or custom logos can be applied by using our computer graphic system. If preferred, they can be painted on to the aircraft. 

jet aircraft repainting

Aircraft painting, repainting and refinishing.

All materials used in the preparation and paint of the aircraft are of the highest possible quality, and conform to current CAO specifications. We operate on a minimum duplicate inspection process, whereby every stage of stripping, preparation, painting and finish is inspected by quality and process personnel. 

Head Office

Hangar 435, Aviation Park West, Bournemouth International Airport
Hurn
Dorset
BH23 6NW
United Kingdom

Call Us

(01202) 580411

EMAIL US

info@airtimepaint.co.uk