Our Paint Process
Upon arrival, the aircraft is inspected by to assess general condition and determine the exact scope of work. The inspection will focus on the following:
- Windows - cracks, crazing, chips, scratches or other imperfections.
- Chrome – check leading edge existing damage.
- Surface condition - corrosion, skin cracks, dents, loose or missing rivets, metal abrasion, and tow limit damage.
The inspection report detailing existing aircraft condition is signed off by the Art-Craft’s personnel and Owner or Owner’s authorized agent. Additionally, required work is detailed, discussed with Owner, and approved/declined in writing. Preventive care suggestions are also noted on the Art-Craft report.
To ensure a premium exterior finish, the following stripping process is meticulously executed: Stripping agents will only be applied to aluminum components; all fiberglass or magnesium components will be stripped by alternative methods.
- Chemical solvent is applied to dissolve existing coatings.
- Aircraft is scrubbed to remove paint residue and solvent material. If necessary, a second coat of solvent is applied to remove any residual paint.
- Aircraft is cleaned with a high pressure washer to remove all residues.
- All protective layers of masking material are removed.
- Scotch-bright scuff pads are used to remove any remaining residuals.
- Aircraft will be washed in preparation for body work.
- After all paint is removed from all aircraft surfaces, the aircraft is re-inspected to discover any previously concealed flaws or imperfections.
Should the inspection ascertain that aircraft condition necessitates additional work not included in original work scope quote; Owner will be contacted to discuss the findings.
Owner will be encouraged to personally inspect the plane. If any deficiencies are found, the refurbishment process will not continue until Art-Craft receives written consent from Owner to correct such deficiencies (according to Aircraft Maintenance Manual (“AMM”).
Art-Craft’s personnel ensure that the following protection is applied to the aircraft:
- Windows and windshields are covered with the following 3 layers spray masking paper, aluminum foil, and 6 mil heavy duty plastic sheeting. Masking paper will be sealed with masking tape. Aluminum foil and 6 mil heavy duty plastic sheeting will be secured by 4 inch 6 mil aluminum tape.
- Aircraft seams will be sealed with aluminum tape.
- Composite components, antennas, struts, and polished areas, are protected with the same three layers of protection as described.
- A protective barrier of aluminum foil and heavy duty 6 mil plastic is applied to tires and landing gear.
Prime and Paint
Preparation for Prime & the Priming Process
- Aircraft will be degreased, acid etched, and receive an alodine treatment.
- Prior to application of the primer, all aircraft surfaces will be wiped down with Superclean and a Tack Cloth.
- Finally, a non-sanding corrosion resistant epoxy primer will be applied to the aircraft.
Base Color Coat
- Aircraft will be wiped with Tack Cloth to remove any lint or dust prior to the application of the first base coat.
- A base color of polyurethane paint with a thickness of 3 to 5 mils will be applied to the aircraft. Each base color coat applied is allowed to dry and is inspected for runs, orange peel, pin holes, or bubbles. If these conditions are discovered, the affected areas are corrected prior to application of next coat.
All customers are required to provide their desired paint scheme to Art-Craft before the desired project Start Date. If Owner decides to use Art-Craft’s design services, Owner will be charged design fee. These charges will be added to the final customer invoice. The paint scheme provided by the customer will be laid out on to the aircraft according to customer specifications.
After the base color is dry, the following process will be followed:
- The registration number is applied in graphic form and will be painted on the aircraft according to the customer specified paint scheme.
- Trim colors are painted.
Mechanical & Body Work
Our on staff A&P mechanic will remove flight controls prior to proceeding with the repainting process. At the end of the repainting process, flight controls will be balanced, re-installed, and aircraft will be returned to service. A logbook entry will be made by our A&P mechanic. We generally include 10 hours of body work in the refurbishment process, should more be necessary, the customer would be notified in writing.
Initial Booking Fee. A booking fee 10% the Basic Compensation Amount is due and payable upon signing and prior to Art-Craft finalizing a Start Date. This fee is nonrefundable but will be applied against the amount due for the Services as further set forth below. The scheduled Start Date may be rescheduled one time on thirty (30) days prior written notice.
Deposit. A deposit payment 40% the Basic Compensation Amount is due and payable on or prior to arrival of the aircraft. This fee is nonrefundable but will be applied against the amount due for Services as further set forth below. Wire transfer of funds must be received prior to commencement of any services by Art-Craft.
Final Payment. A final payment of the Basic Compensation Amount less the 10% booking fee and the 40% deposit, and plus any additional charges for additional services, must be paid prior to pick-up of the aircraft from Art-Craft.