An exterior paint job on a Gulfstream G550 will typically cost in the neighborhood of $150,000 and, with proper care and maintenance, will last about five years. CareJet Services president Matt Weisman says it doesn’t have to be that way, and his recently launched company offers as proof a new polymer coating that both extends the life of the paint and enhances its appearance.
Sherwin-Williams’ aerospace division has announced development of new color tools created to provide paint scheme designers with a more convenient and accurate means of choosing and presenting paints. The complete kit includes color cards, fan decks and a binder filled with tear-off color swatches.
Dan Svoboda, paint-shop manager and 22-year veteran of Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Neb., died last month of complications from cancer. He was 50 years old. Duncan officials praised Svoboda in developing the aircraft painting capabilities and techniques currently used by the company.
Oxford Aviation of Oxford, Maine, introduced a three-in-one boot treatment called Tri-Guard. It is a silicone-free treatment that rejuvenates and conditions de-icing boots with a high gloss finish, offers protection from ozone degradation and UV rays, enhances the flexibility and durability of the boot and helps the actual ice-shedding process.
Innotech Aviation (Booth No. 8039) has begun construction of a 41,000-sq-ft, two-bay paint facility, scheduled to be up and running by the first quarter of next year. The hangar, on Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International (Dorval) Airport, will be large enough to accept business aircraft such as the Bombardier Global XRS, for which Innotech has been a preferred completion center since 2005.
Atlanta-based CareJet Services International has debuted an appearance-enhancing polymer paint protection system that was developed by Dow Corning and Proguard Plus. Applied to new or older aircraft paint, it provides higher luster, easier washing and enhanced UV and contaminant protection. According to the company, the system eliminates the need for regular use of detergents, waxes and abrasives.
Denton, Texas, completion center Jet Works Air Center recently opened a new, 12,000-sq-ft paint shop converted from an existing hangar. It’s the company’s first venture into aircraft exterior paint and the shop will hold aircraft as large as the Gulfstream IV.
Even during the worst days of the recent recession, the demand for aircraft exterior paint remained relatively strong. Some completion and refurbishment shops even expanded their paint capability during this period. Elliott Aviation was one such shop.
Wing Aviation on Lone Star Executive Airport near Houston has opened a second paint facility designed to increase overall capacity. The new facility includes a wash rack and provides space for stripping metal and composite preparation processes. It features the same water treatment equipment used in the pre-existing paint facility complete with automated filtration system designed to exceed all EPA and TCEQ requirements.
Extending paint life and preventing corrosion are money-saving claims for the use of Xzilon, a liquid formula developed by Granitize of South Gate, California. Xzilon has been certified for application by major airframe manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing.