MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14703 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
Bad paint job, done on the cheap. I´ve seen planes that were not even primed before applying the top coats. Looks fine for a few months (until the bill is paid) and then the paint will start to peel off.
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1833 times:
Zinc chromate contains heavy metals and has not been used in aviation in many years. What is used now is called FR Primer; FR meaning fluid resistant. Another possible cause of the paint peeling, especially at the nose of an airplane is the use of too much accelerator, which is used to get the paint to dry quicker.
Also, if you try to paint an airplane in a chilly environment (roughly below 15 C or 59 F), the paint will not cure, but I don't think that that is the problem with this airplane.