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Aviation International News » July 2005
October 9, 2006, 9:07 AM

He took the Citation XLS to the West Star Aviation completion and refurbishment center in Grand Junction, Colo., for a special exterior paint job, starting with overall silver metallic paint, using Sherwin-Williams “Acry Glo” applied from special pressure-pots to ensure an even coat.

For the “Screamin’ Eagle,” West Star worked closely with the motorcycle manufacturer to ensure an authentic replication of the distinctive image. After West Star applied the basic elements–eagle head, eyes, flames–Harley-Davidson sent its artist to the facility for the fine airbrushing of shadows and highlights on the tail art, eagle and flames, creating a 3-D appearance. Finally, the West Star paint shop applied two more protective clear coats.

Out-of-the-ordinary exterior paint has become something of a specialty at West Star. The company has also done a Challenger 604 with three different metallic silver tones and a Citation X in a platinum/gold metallic finish. A Citation CJ3 scheduled to be done in August will feature three different pearl shades in a special paint that changes color depending on the angle at which it is viewed.

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