Aircraft 'Painting'?

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leckers
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Aircraft 'Painting'?

Post by leckers » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:05 pm

Good day to all -
I have just been reading an article on the USA Glasair website regarding 'wrapping' an aircraft in vinyl, rather than using 'paint'. The photo results look stunning, and the author reports that the vinyl should last at least 10 years if a/c is hangared, and 3-4 years if outside. As this covering is used on large passenger airliners, and is a quarter the price of a good 'paint-job', and considerably quicker accomplished, I am interested in any feedback or comments from any member who might have already gone this route, or made any 'in-depth' enquiries? 3M certainly has the vinyl in the UK along with virtually any colour one might want.
Anyone know of any restrictions or regulations imposed by the UK authorities?
Thanks - Ian
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Re: Aircraft 'Painting'?

Post by Ian Melville » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:04 pm

You still need to have a near perfect finish to lay the wrap on. I somehow doubt it is a quater of a good paint job when that is taken into consideration.
I have no experiance myself, but there have been a quite a few light aircraft done from reports in the press.
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Re: Aircraft 'Painting'?

Post by leckers » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:59 pm

Thanks Ian -
I am certain there's a lot of 'prep' required before sticking the vinyl om, but that would be the same anyway. It's the actual difference in cost/time that might make it attractive. I was just wondering if there were any LAA/CAA regs regarding this process.....
Ian
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