Myk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2513 times:
Just wanted to know how to bring some beatifull paintshemes like the Frontier animals or others on a tail ?
I always asked myself how they paint a Tail so that every plane of an airline looks exactly the same way than the other.
Perhaps a stupid question, but I really have no answer.
Starlionblue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
I watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel (where else ) which mentioned that many elaborate liveries (the example used was the China Airlines orchid) are painted free-hand. I guess stencils are also used to a degree.
If you think about it, the designs are so large that a small deviation won't be noticed anyway.
AirframeAS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
Dont forget that the rudder needs to be balanced while painting the tail. Of course the rudder is off of the tail while this is happening. This has to be weighed prior to putting the rudder back on the tail. All the paints have to weigh equally throughout the rudder.
EMBQA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
I'm almost certain that both Delta, and Frontier do this for their tails
Delta's tails are PAINTED. Its actually a pretty easy paint job up close, but when you step back it looks more like a waving flag.
Frontiers tails are actually photographs. The image is transferred on to a 'sticker' and it is placed on the tail in sections, then edge sealed. It is the exact same process that several delivery and service vehicles are using now as rolling advertising.
SkydrolBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1951 times:
Actually the rudder doesnt always have to be removed and balanced for paint. There is a math calculation that can be done for adding weight to the rudder with out having to remove it. Where I work it only depends on how many previous layers of paint are on the rudder, If its only one or two layers we just paint over it with the rudder installed on the A/C.