Frequently Asked Questions

While every project that comes through ArtCraft Paint is custom, we have the industry experience to answer any of your questions when it comes to aircraft painting or interior restoration. Here are some of the most popular questions we are asked most often, along with our expert insight to help you!

Does your staff generate an incoming inspection?

Yes! Arrival day is one of the most exciting days of the process (see our whole process here). Most owners are excited 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 inspection report, and we will review it so you are confident we have completed 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 which point we conduct a secondary inspection and provide you with a secondary report via phone or email, it’s 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 strippers 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 strippers have come a long way in the past 50 years, the product loses its corrosiveness as it dries. Here at ArtCraft, safety is our ultimate goal and in order to prevent any possibility of damage to your aircraft, we use approved materials and processes 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 polyurethane, enamel, zinc chromate to water base, we only use aviation paints. In the end, the manufacture we use will depend on your color selection.

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Can I save money by doing a scuff and paint?

While there are some cases where 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 too great. An additional consideration is the weight added to the aircraft and the impact that will result in your fuel cost.

Does ArtCraft Paint 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 downtime?

Downtime varies from project to project for a full strip and paint it will generally take between 20-35 days depending on the type of aircraft.