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Paint Peeling Off The Tail Of An A/c?  
User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1428 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

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If you notice the tail on the A319, you can clearly see that the part which comes directly in contact with the wind while flying is a smeared blue colour, same as the "chakra" of the old IC livery.

Now my question is, why does this happen? Is it mainly due to wearing of the paint because of the friction the tail faces during flight?

Is it because the bottom layer of the tail is painted blue? That doesnt make sense to me , because why would they base paint the tail blue and then paint the red/orange on top of it?

I have noticed this happen on lots of birds in India, does the heat have something to do with it?

Again, thanks for the answers in advance
Nitin


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User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

I think it depends on the quality of paint or how thick of a layer you put on....maybe someones else can give a more detailed explanation.

User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3308 times:



Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter):
If you notice the tail on the A319, you can clearly see that the part which comes directly in contact with the wind while flying is a smeared blue colour, same as the "chakra" of the old IC livery.

Now my question is, why does this happen? Is it mainly due to wearing of the paint because of the friction the tail faces during flight?

Is it because the bottom layer of the tail is painted blue? That doesnt make sense to me , because why would they base paint the tail blue and then paint the red/orange on top of it?

I have noticed this happen on lots of birds in India, does the heat have something to do with it?

Your questions would be better answered by somebody working in the business of decorating ac.
I can anyway risk a few hints:
- The deterioration of the paint on the leading edge of the fin is usually due the abrasive elements in the air, sand and hail, not the mere friction of the air. The quality of the paint matters of course.
- Very often the livery is made of paint and stickers. A base paint is applied and stickers are affixed to make titles, logo,...
Un-perfectly set stickers, or bad quality stickers, often peel off.
- India is not the only country where you find such problems.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9805 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

The air pollution, sand, and dust in India affects how long the paint lasts. It is not necessarily the heat. All the compounds in the air will cause the paint to deteriorate.


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3245 times:



Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter):
Is it mainly due to wearing of the paint because of the friction the tail faces during flight?

You answered your own question..........



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Relative Wind,Also if the Paint job is not done in a controlled Atmosphere,the Adhering will not be as good & can peel off.
Skydrol leaks are a source of many paint peeling issue,although in this case it is not.

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MEL



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User currently offlineSpencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3146 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Skydrol leaks are a source of many paint peeling issue

This is very true, although many paint manufacturers now supply Skydrol Resistant Finish materials. Paint flaking is down to general wear and tear basically.
Spencer.



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

One thing that B6 does to help prevent this is applying the mylar tape along the leading edges of the fin and winglets. There is mx required on that as well since the tape will peel from time to time, but it is easier to replace a section of tape than to touch-up the pain paint.


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User currently offlineEx52tech From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 559 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3096 times:



Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter):

Is it because the bottom layer of the tail is painted blue? That doesnt make sense to me , because why would they base paint the tail blue and then paint the red/orange on top of it?

That is exactly how it is done, you paint the tail blue, then put a stencil, or design cut-out, over the the part you want to remain blue, and then apply the top color, remove the stencil after the orange drys. Most airlines leave the leading edges unpainted due to erosion.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Also if the Paint job is not done in a controlled Atmosphere,the Adhering will not be as good & can peel off.

That is a factor, and the preparation of the surface to paint, back in the days before the environment was on the front burner, we would paint airplanes right in the heavy check hangar, all the dust, or improper cleaning of the fuselage could cause some serious pealing of the paint.



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3093 times:



Quoting Ex52tech (Reply 8):
............... back in the days before the environment was on the front burner, we would paint airplanes right in the heavy check hangar...................

I know airlines and overhaul facilities that still do.


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