5 Tips for Designing your Airplane Paint Scheme

designing aircraft scheme

Whether you are looking to repaint your plane to avoid further corrosion or just want to spruce up the design, figuring out how you want your design and paint scheme to look can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. At ArtCraft Paint, we want to make your design process as simple as possible. We have laid out some tips to keep in mind when designing or even just imagining what you may want your plane paint scheme to look like.

Start your design process early 

The worst thing you can do is rush your design process. You will be looking at this scheme for years to come so you want something that you will love for years without any regrets. 

Research to determine what you like

A simple Google search can help you determine what you like or dislike about a plane design. Our friends at Scheme Designers have a bunch of sample designs to look through for all types of aircraft. Inspiration can also be found in aircraft magazines like EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine. Our portfolio is a good starting point as well to find some inspiration. 

Don’t go after the super trendy

We all love trends at the moment but once that moment passes, your design becomes dated. To avoid this, stick to a design that will look good for years to come.

Consider your budget

Having five different colors on your aircraft will certainly make it eye-catching but it also comes at a high cost. The added colors will cost extra and maintenance of these colors in the future could become costly as well.  If you want something more budget-friendly, try to keep your design color scheme to two to three colors. 

Prepare a detailed presentation for the paint shop

Once you have done all your research and found what you like, put it in a presentation to send to your aircraft paint scheme designer. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy but something to help paint a picture of what you want. You should include dimensions of your plane and layout considerations. This will help them create a rendition that embodies exactly what you love without having to do a bunch of back and forth. 

Do you have your design ready? Let’s get it painted at ArtCraft Paint!

With over 25 years of experience painting aircraft in Santa Maria, CA, ArtCraft Paint specializes in aircraft painting and exterior airframe repair. To see some of our examples of work we have down in the past, check out our portfolio. Otherwise, request a quote and we will contact you as soon as we have it ready!

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