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Wings, Repainted When The Fuselage Is Repainted?  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

An aircraft is stripped and repainted normally at D-check intervals, that means every 6-8 years at average. I assume this does include the wings as well? I´m just asking as I´ve seen pictures of freshly painted aircraft whose wings look quite battered in comparison.

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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1685 times:

Recalling several "D" Checks, the wings were never stripped. There were times that the wings were painted/re-painted at the customer's request. I have never seen a work card that specified stripping the wings.

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1680 times:
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When Wn repaints their aircraft to the "new" blue scheme, the wings are painted as well. Not sure about other airlines, but from what I observe at WN, their wings are painted as well. It's one of the easiest ways for me to tell an aircraft has recently been repainted since the wings tend to dirty up rather quickly.


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User currently offlineSfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Quoting NA (Thread starter):
An aircraft is stripped and repainted normally at D-check intervals

I'm not sure most airlines repaint during a maint. visit anymore. The stripping, sanding and painting will interfere with the mechanics working on the airplane, and there are several vendors that deal with paint only on a visit of its own.



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1616 times:
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Quoting Sfomb67 (Reply 3):
I'm not sure most airlines repaint during a maint. visit anymore. The stripping, sanding and painting will interfere with the mechanics working on the airplane, and there are several vendors that deal with paint only on a visit of its own.

I always figured they send it to the paint shop after the maintenance checks prior to sending it back in service.



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User currently offlineATLAMT From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 240 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

At DL the aircraft are on a paint schedule which very rarely matches up with a heavy mx visit. Usually the paint is only touched up during a D check.


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User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

We send our airplanes to a vendor for paint and most of the time the whole a/c is painted including the wings.

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