5 Tips for Designing your Airplane Paint Scheme

designing aircraft scheme

Whether you are looking to repaint your airplane 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 airplane paint scheme to look like.

Start your airplane paint scheme 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 airplane paint schemes you like

A simple Google search can help you determine what you like or dislike about an airplane paint scheme. 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 aircraft painting portfolio is also a good starting point to find some scheme inspiration. 

Don’t go after the super trendy airplane paint schemes

We all love trends at the moment but once that moment passes, your design becomes dated. To avoid this, stick to a paint scheme 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 airplane paint color scheme to two or 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 the 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 airplane paint scheme 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 plane painting and exterior airframe repair. To see some of the examples of work we have down in the past, check out our aircraft painting portfolio. Otherwise, request a quote from ArtCraft Paint and we will contact you as soon as we have it ready!

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