JetMech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7753 times:
Nice video! I was really amazed by the amount of paint coats and masking materials required for such a relatively simple CS. I shudder to think of the amount of materials that would be required for something like a Wunalu Dreaming paint-scheme on an A380! The amount of paint vapour given off into the hangar was absolutely scary.
ChrisNH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7443 times:
That's great to watch. I'm reminded of a story I read in yesterday's (Oct 14) Boston Herald about the Virgin Megastore closing in Boston thanks to changes in how people buy music ("Dad?...What's a CD?"). Just like video killed the radio star, so too might MP3s kill the music store.
Anyway, the point of that is the Virgin brand name, I think, is a little less powerful than it once was--say 5 or 6 years ago. Still a powerhouse brand, to be sure, but as their flagship stores close--or at least become less 'trendy' as people buy their music from iTunes et al--the 'Virgin' name will lose a small bit of commonality.
I really look forward to seeing Virgin America take to the air. I am upset that in our capitalistic, free-market society VA's competitors are throwing roadblocks in the way of their start-up. I know CO is one of them, and I have to be careful: My cousin is David Messing, who lives in Houston and is the PR guy who gets quoted quite a bit when it comes to news articles about his airline. Indeed, CO is one of the strongest carriers out there. They've found a recipe for success that even bigger carriers haven't. In my view CO will be just fine even with Virgin America in the neighborhood. Success to a large degree comes from critical mass..something CO would have over VA from the beginning.
VV701 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6785 times:
I counted seven, yes, seven all-over coats, one of primer and six of white paint, before they even got the red pot out for the first time! Can this be right? No wonder an aircraft is typically in the paint shop for around a week.
I'd say that on that particular aircraft you're looking at somewhere in the region of 80-100kg. I'm not sure, however, that it was 6 coats although the scissor lift did move across 6 times! 6 times seems an awful lot. Out of interest the more colours involved, the greater the resultant weight will be. Decorative schemes are often applied for marketing reasons and the costs can be regained through a higher return of custom. Where polishing is involved there's also a greater need for maintenance. An operator will have to toss up between whether a polished versus painted scheme will work best for them. There's also environmental concerns involved when painting due to what's known as VOC emissions and an airline entertaining the idea of paint should have the proper facilities to control such hazardous emissions.