What is ArtCraft Paint’s Aircraft Painting Process?

ArtCraft Paint’s Aircraft Painting Process

If you haven’t had your aircraft painted by ArtCraft Paint before, you may have questions about our aircraft paint process and what to expect. We want to make the process simple for you. Learn more about what we do and get ready to turn your aircraft into a masterpiece.

Initial Aviation Assessment

Conveniently located at the Santa Maria Airport (SMX), on California’s beautiful Central Coast, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s easy to fly-in to ArtCraft Paint, so we can get started on your aircraft. First, we do an assessment to see the condition of your aircraft so we can fully understand the exact scope of work. Our inspection typically focuses on the windows to see if there are any cracks, chips, scratches, or any other imperfections; the chrome and if there is any leading-edge damage; and surface condition to see if there is any corrosion, cracks, dents, or anything else. Once this initial assessment is complete we have ArtCraft Paint personnel and you, the owner of the plane, sign off on the inspection. If there is additional work that needs to be done, we will have the owner approve or deny the suggestions in writing.

Aircraft Preparation

We follow a strict protocol when we start to prepare your aircraft for its painting. All the windows and windshields are covered with three layers of spray masking paper and sealed with masking tape. Then heavy duty aluminum foil, and heavy-duty plastic sheeting are put on and sealed with aluminum tape. The aircraft seams are sealed with aluminum tape. Then the composite components, antennas, struts, and polished areas are also covered with the three protections. The tires and landing gear will have a protective barrier of aluminum foil and heavy-duty plastic.

Mechanical Work

There is an A&P mechanic (licensed to work on and maintain the external (airframe) and engine (Power Plant)) on our staff that removes flight controls before the painting process begins. Flight controls are checked for the moment to see if they are within the limits before we have them ready for the chemical strippers. Once the aircraft paint job is done, before the flight controls are reassembled they are rebalanced in accordance with the aircraft maintenance manual.  ArtCraft mechanic will include the work done in a logbook entry.

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