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Why Boeing Metal Finish And Airbus Yellow?  
User currently offlineStephen007 From Singapore, joined Mar 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

hi all, have this enquiry why is it that newly manufactured Airbus a/c are in this yellow colour (as if unpainted) and new built boeings are in bare metal finish?

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can someone tell me why the difference and the purpose? thanks



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User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2464 times:

The "yellow" is actually a protective coat of resin or paint(I think) and both Boeing and Airbus planes recive it. It just so happens that some airline flying Boeing decided to polish their planes by sanding down that coat. I could be wrong, but i remember seeing the Boeing plant on tv and the unassembled hulls were yellow as well.

User currently offlineStephen007 From Singapore, joined Mar 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2430 times:

so i guess when they started out, the metal pieces came like that? is it standard, i remember watching the B767-400 manufacturing video on www.boeing.com but it seems like they were more like normal aluminum-colour.

The "yellow" are Non-standard issue, are they? and what are they supposed to protect the a/c from?


User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2424 times:

The Boeing unbuilt-fuselages are bare metal, but they're covered with a protective layer of vinyl to prevent stratches. Don't know about Airbus...

User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2402 times:

I haven't seen Boeing's new aircraft in bare metal finish. When they are assembled, they look shiny dark green, or something like that, and some other parts of the fuselage are in the yellowish color airbus has.

-bio


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6294 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

I admit this is just a guess, but the Airbus looks like it just has Alodine on it. Possibly they don't use AlClad? Alodine also comes in clear, so perhaps the Boeing has that.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

They are just different corrosion proofing processes used.

The same process can cause turn out different shades of color also depending on what Alloy of metal it is applied too.

BTW Daussalt Falcons come out of the factory in various shades of gray.




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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

Boeings are made of metal, Airbusses of plastic  Smile


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User currently offlineAircanon From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

That may be the reason why Airbusses, even after years in service don´t look rotten!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21470 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

Aircanon: That may be the reason why Airbusses, even after years in service don´t look rotten!  Big thumbs up

Oh, come on!
Aluminum doesn´t rust, either!  Wink/being sarcastic
(And plastics are subject to other ways of aging, if I´m not completely mistaken...)


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

The Yellow or Green tint is Zinc Chromate primer, its supposed to improve the corrosion resistant properties of the metal it surfaces, in addition it provides a better adhesive surface for the paint coat that follows.
All painted surfaces have this primer below unless instead of paint the surface is polished.
regds
HAWK.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Also various pieces are different colors depending upon the alloys used to build the particular section, which is why American's tails are all painted gray, because the Boeing tails use alloys that are not the same color as the aluminum used for the bulk of the fuselage.

User currently offlineAircanon From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

Hi Klaus!

Oh, come on!
Aluminum doesn´t rust, either!  Wink/being sarcastic
(And plastics are subject to other ways of aging, if I´m not completely mistaken...)


No you´re not mistaken at all and as you should know i love both... Airbus and Boeing (especially the 747´s and 777´s !!!).

If you study my posting exactly you can notice that i have with no word mentioned that Boeing Airplanes look rotten after years of service! I only said that Airbus don´t.  Innocent

I just could´nt resist posting that after reading Jwenting´s post....  Wink/being sarcastic

Regards

Schöne Grüsse nach Deutschland

Edwin

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21470 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Aircanon: I just could´nt resist posting that after reading Jwenting´s post....

I thought so. Big grin

Viele Grüße nach Österreich!  Smile


User currently offlineChrisHabgood From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

All look like that. They have protective coating on them until they get to the paint shop. Go to any boeing/gulfstream/whatever manufacturing facility and you will see this.

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