What to know before you go...
While every project is custom and there are few similarities with the end product, there are some general questions we are frequently asked. We have created this list to help you in your decision making process.
Does your staff generate an incoming inspection?
Arrival day is one of the most exiting days of the process. Most owners are exited to discuss paint colors and paint schemes or leather and treatment selections. Before we get started with all the fun of selecting your color scheme, we ask that you take 40-50min with our maintenance team to go over the status of your aircraft. During this +70 point inspection we will create the repair order. We will immediately provide you with a comprehensive digital report, and we will review it so you are confident we have completely and reviewed the possible repairs with you. Please be advised that there might be additional discrepancies found on the aircraft once we have stripped it, at this point we conduct a secondary inspection and provide you with a secondary report via phone or email, its your preference.
Who will be moving my aircraft if necessary?
Our shop consists of 3 hangars and your aircraft will be visiting all 3 of them during its stay with us. We perform all our maintenance, prepping and painting in isolated hangers. The aircraft will be towed by our maintenance team or senior managers. There is no need for us to ever taxi the aircraft.
What type of striping system do you use?
We have a variety of systems we use depending on your aircraft substrate. We generally use chemical stripper for aluminum aircraft, we are capable of using, peroxide, and media blasting as well. Our team will review the options that are best for your aircraft, and are compliant with your AMM.
Will I get corrosion from chemical stripping?
Chemical stripper has come a long way in the past 50 years, the product looses it corrosiveness as it dries. Here at Art Craft safety is our ultimate goal and in order to prevent any possibility of damage to your aircraft, we use approved materials and process to eliminate the risk of corrosion from developing.
What type of paint do you use?
Our expert team of painters is well versed in the application of all types of paints on any substrate. From poly urethane, enamel, zinc chromate to water base, we only use aviation paints. In the end the manufacture we use will depend on your color selection.
Can I save money by doing a scuff and paint?
While there are some cases were a scuff and paint is the best recommendation in aluminum pop riveted aircraft we strongly discourage you from considering this option. The risk for damage is to great. An additional consideration is the added weight, added to the aircraft and the impact that will result in your fuel cost.
Do you provide design services?
Yes, we are happy to help you with your design. From minimal input to full design services we can help guide you to the perfect design for your aircraft. We are also proud to work with many talented designers. Such as:
What is the down time?
Down time varies from project to project for a full strip and paint it will generally take between 20-35 day depending on the type of aircraft.