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User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 3 weeks ago) and read 3291 times:

Why are planes that are being test flown sometimes covered by some kind of olive-green material (paint? primer? paper?)?

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User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

It's called ambertec and it is a protective covering that is applied to the skin of the aircraft prior to painting. Once in the paint shop it is stripped from the aircraft and the aircraft painted.

Mike (lgbguy)
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User currently offlineJeb94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 588 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Um...its primer. FR primer.

User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Jeb94,

I co-authored a story a few years ago on the painting of a new 717 and the green coating is ambertec, not primer. As I stated above, it is removed (or stripped) before the aircraft is painted.

Mike (lgbguy)
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User currently onlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4091 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

Dacman:

I think he was being sarcastic...note the fact that he said "FR primer" at the end of his statement. FR is an Irish carrier.  Wink


User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1721 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2787 times:

Isn't Ambertec the yellow stuff and Alodine the green stuff?

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12054 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Ambertec is green Alodine is yellow-green.

Ambertec is not a primer

Alodine is a primer


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

Gosh,I feel like a neanderthal in this thread.I have no clue what those things are , but I get the point.

Mike



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User currently offlineJeb94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 588 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

Alodine is not a primer. Its a metal treatment, not a paint. Primers are paint. Never heard of ambertec before but then I'm a mechanic. I have seen brand new PC12s and Gulfstreams and that is zinc chromate primers.

User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 802 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

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User currently offlineCCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

The building the 777 video shows the green stuff, I assume it's Ambertec as people have said, being washed off with a hose, after I assume something has been put on it to break it down.

Now in a former life, during maintenance we would treat aluminum with Alodine a chemical that leaves a golden look and is for corrosion protection, it should then be painted as soon as possible with primer which was green, the Brits use a yellow primer.

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User currently offlineDmt52 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
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Quoting Jeb94 (Reply 8):
Alodine is not a primer. Its a metal treatment, not a paint.

Alodine is a surface treatment (conversion coating) made by Henkel Technologies. I happen to work for the company. Alodine is a registered trademark of Henkel.

You can read about Alodine's here: http://www.loctiteaero.com/index.cfm?ID=170



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