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    Taking Flight in Style: The Process of Repainting an Aircraft

    The aviation industry thrives on precision, safety, and aesthetics. For aircraft owners and operators, maintaining a visually stunning and well-protected aircraft is of utmost importance. Repainting an aircraft is not only a way to enhance its appearance but also a crucial step in protecting it from environmental factors. 

    In this blog, we will take you through the fascinating process of repainting an aircraft, and how we, at Executive Aircraft Refurbishment, do it. We reveal the meticulous steps that go into achieving a flawless and striking finish, and find out more about our dedicated painting hangar, based at Lanseria International Airport. 


     Step 1: Surface Preparation


    Before the actual painting process begins, thorough surface preparation is essential. The aircraft’s exterior undergoes a meticulous cleaning and degreasing process to remove all dirt, grime, and contaminants. This step is critical as any residue left behind can interfere with the paint adhesion and affect the overall finish.


    Step 2: Stripping the Old Paint


    If the aircraft already has an existing paint job, the next step is to strip it down completely. The old paint is carefully removed to create a clean canvas for the new coat. This process typically involves using chemical strippers or media blasting techniques to ensure all previous layers are entirely eliminated.


    Step 3: Surface Inspection and Repair


    After stripping off the old paint, a thorough inspection of the aircraft’s exterior takes place. Any structural damages, dents, or corrosion are identified and repaired by skilled technicians. This step ensures the aircraft’s integrity is maintained and guarantees that the new paint will adhere to a smooth and even surface.


    Step 4: Primer Application


    Once the surface is prepped and repaired, a primer is applied to enhance the paint’s adhesion. The primer acts as a bonding agent between the aircraft’s surface and the topcoat. It helps prevent corrosion and ensures the longevity of the new paint.


    Step 5: Painting the Base Coat


    Now comes the exciting part – applying the base coat. Aircraft owners can choose from a wide range of colours and designs, with some opting for personalised logos and decals. The base coat is meticulously sprayed onto the aircraft’s exterior using specialised paint application equipment. This step requires skill and precision to achieve a smooth and uniform finish.


    Step 6: Detailing and Graphics


    Once the base coat is dry, aircraft detailing and graphics are applied. This includes adding stripes, logos, registration numbers, and any other personalised elements requested by the owner. Precision is key during this phase to ensure all graphics align perfectly and enhance the aircraft’s overall appearance.


    Step 7: Clear Coat Application


    To provide an additional layer of protection and a glossy finish, a clear coat is applied over the base coat and graphics. The clear coat not only enhances the aircraft’s shine but also protects it from UV rays, weathering, and other environmental factors that may cause paint degradation over time.


    Step 8: Final Inspection and Quality Control

    Before the aircraft is ready to take flight in its newly painted glory, a final inspection and quality control check are conducted. Technicians meticulously examine the entire aircraft, ensuring the paint job meets industry standards and the owner’s expectations.


    The Bottom Line 

    Repainting an aircraft is not just a cosmetic procedure; it is a meticulous process that involves skill, attention to detail, and dedication to achieving a flawless finish. A beautifully painted aircraft not only reflects the owner’s style and brand but also enhances its longevity and value. 

    At Executive Aircraft Refurbishment, we have a dedicated hangar designed to complete full painting jobs on your aircraft. We offer a specialised team, stock the necessary equipment and have the space to repaint your aircraft, no matter how big or small. From full aircraft resprays, to custom designs, or even detailed additions, we offer a full painting solution for you! 


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