Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1324 times:
I've been in a discussion with my dad regarding colorschemes on aircraft, both special ones like the anniversary ones and regular schemes. Are they painted or are the actually decalls stuck on the plane??
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21478 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
Maybe a little confusion on the matter is caused by the fact that the masks that are used temporarily for painting are made and applied similarly to the stay-on decals. But the masks are removed after spraying the paint.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6295 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
We are not talking about decals anything similar to what you put on a model airplane. These things are very sturdy. When I worked on aircraft, The time allocated on a non routine card to remove AA titles from a DC-10 was more than that allowed for the AD on the spoiler mixers. For a simple decal application on the World MD-11, we allowed about 12 man hours.
Paint is much easier to remove. Spray on the remover and wait. Decals you take pieces of phenolic, heat guns, and a manlift or two and scrape all day long.
Zebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1158 times:
What about Qantas' Wunula Dreaming and Nalanji color schemes? Are they decals or painted? In addition, is Thai's Royal Barge scheme on their 747-400 painted? If so approximately how long does it take to paint those elaborate color schemes?
Educate your children before others mis-educate them!!!
Techspec From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1132 times:
Some are painted, some are decal and many are combinations of both.
Take a look at the Western Pacific 737 photos. They are the best example of decal and paint combinations.
Most of the decals are a 3M product. As far as eroding or falling off in flight - when properly installed a clear coat sealant is applied to the edges of the decal and in some instances a clear coat is applied to the entire decal.
Atlamt From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 240 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1117 times:
I don't have an exact number as to how often an aircraft needs to be repainted in it's lifetime. I do know that since the EPA has changed the rules about what can be used in paint the paint dosen't seem to hold up as well. Maybe someone with a little more experience with this can answer your question.
If the a/c stays with the same livery it can go many years without needing repainting. Just remember that when an a/c goes in for heavy maint. roughly every 4 years the painters do touch up the a/c.
The other day I saw a 757 in the paint hangar which had been stripped from the old livery which it wore for about 10 years. The metal where the paint was looked like a mirror. So to answer your question yes paint does preserve the metal.