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Metallic Paints For Airliners: Are They Possible?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1636 posts, RR: 28
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3103 times:

I have been wondering for years now...Is it possible to paint an airliner in a metallic coloured paint? For example, metallic green and gold for a Celtic-inspired paint scheme, or whatever.

For example, here are two photos of a 1:100 Boeing 747 model I custom-painted in Celtic-inspired "Smith Airways" colours, using metallic jade green and metallic gold and silver:

Fuselage:


Tail:


Do you think metallic colours could be painted on aircraft, like on this model, in real life, to give them a real metallic sheen?

Please let me know if this is possible on real airliners! It would give airliners such a beautiful metallic sheen!

SmithAir747


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User currently offlineORD From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1389 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3063 times:

Braniff in the late 1970s had a 727 painted in the Ultra colors in Sparkling Burgandy which was metallic. I never saw it, but I have read it really sparkled in the sunlight (hence the name).

Also, Northwest and Spirit to an extent have metallic silver paint on their current liveries.


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1901 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3047 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
Do you think metallic colours could be painted on aircraft, like on this model, in real life, to give them a real metallic sheen?

Well I do agree that it would look amazing. As soon as I saw your picture, Gulf Air came to my mind. I've seen two of their aircraft at CDG and LHR and I'm not sure if their paint is metallic. However, it looks very nice!

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I've no other airline in mind that uses these metallic paints, but I'm sure there are some of them around!

Regards!



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User currently offlineLemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3028 times:

Quoting ORD (Reply 1):
Also, Northwest and Spirit to an extent have metallic silver paint on their current liveries.

Northwest's paint has a metallic effect, but it's white more than silver. It gives a pearlescent/glowing effect in the sun.

Part of the problem with real metallic paints is that they're heavier than normal paints. Typically you get the metallic effect by throwing in very fine pieces of metal, silica, plastic, or some other sort of reflective solid bits into the paint. On a large chunk of painted object like an airplane, it would make the plane significantly heavier, and thus less desireable as a livery for many airlines.



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User currently offlineJetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2998 times:

The big "Frontier" on the side of our A318/319's is a small metal flake silver from Desotho Paints. Talking to the paint shop chaps in HAM, the NWA silver is a mica based paint. Difficult to apply and even more difficult to match after any maintenance.


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2450 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2983 times:

The "Scandinavian" titles on the sides of SAS aircraft are also metallic

User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2967 times:

I believe the new AC (Ice Blue?) paint has metallic flakes in it.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2941 times:

That Gulf Air Scheme is a Pain for Mx.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Etihad (EY) has a pearlescent livery, which looks spectacular.

But when you start swapping parts out, then it starts looking a little scrappy. The A310F has had it's nose cone replaces on it's last maintenance stint, and it currently has a plain white one...



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User currently offlineShamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

I believe the Ryanair Dreamliner scheme has metallic flakes...




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User currently offlineShamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

oops messed up the photo attachment

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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2816 times:


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Sorted. Thats a beautiful shot isnt it?


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VS are a little bit metallic too.


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So are GF i think.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineSevenforeseven From France, joined Nov 2005, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Virgin Atlantic use "metallic" paint, but its not actually paint with metal particles as you find on cars. The metallic effect is by using reflective plastic particles mixed with the paint rather than metal ones. The reason behind not using metal particles is that if the aircraft has a lightening strike (nearly all do quite regularly)major damage will result as the metal particles will allow the voltage to travel all around the ship, and the plastic insulates.
So to answer you question, yes you can have metallic paint effect, but not by using paint containing metal particles.


User currently offlineLemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Quoting Sevenforeseven (Reply 12):
Virgin Atlantic use "metallic" paint, but its not actually paint with metal particles as you find on cars. The metallic effect is by using reflective plastic particles mixed with the paint rather than metal ones. The reason behind not using metal particles is that if the aircraft has a lightening strike (nearly all do quite regularly)major damage will result as the metal particles will allow the voltage to travel all around the ship, and the plastic insulates.
So to answer you question, yes you can have metallic paint effect, but not by using paint containing metal particles.

That is bizarre and...simply not true. It has nothing to do with lightning and everything to do with weight, honestly. A 747 covered in flecks of metal that aren't structural just burns more fuel.



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