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How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 3:24 am

Just wanted to know how to bring some beatifull paintshemes like the Frontier animals or others on a tail ?
I always asked myself how they paint a Tail so that every plane of an airline looks exactly the same way than the other.

Perhaps a stupid question, but I really have no answer.
 
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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 3:27 am

I watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel (where else  Big grin ) which mentioned that many elaborate liveries (the example used was the China Airlines orchid) are painted free-hand. I guess stencils are also used to a degree.

If you think about it, the designs are so large that a small deviation won't be noticed anyway.
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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 3:45 am

I believe that many airlines use something similar to a large sticker. They are applied and save time and labor.

I'm almost certain that both Delta, and Frontier do this for their tails.

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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 5:03 am

Dont forget that the rudder needs to be balanced while painting the tail. Of course the rudder is off of the tail while this is happening. This has to be weighed prior to putting the rudder back on the tail. All the paints have to weigh equally throughout the rudder.
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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 5:14 am

you get some paint, a paintbrush and a buddy to hold the ladder while yer up there.




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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 5:17 am

I believe that many airlines use something similar to a large sticker. They are applied and save time and labor.

Indeed, shame when they fall off tho Big grin


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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 5:24 am

I'm almost certain that both Delta, and Frontier do this for their tails

Delta's tails are PAINTED. Its actually a pretty easy paint job up close, but when you step back it looks more like a waving flag.

Frontiers tails are actually photographs. The image is transferred on to a 'sticker' and it is placed on the tail in sections, then edge sealed. It is the exact same process that several delivery and service vehicles are using now as rolling advertising.

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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 5:41 am

Delta's tails are painted. Really, it's just a few different shades of colors, nothing too complicated. Far away, it looks elaborate...AND sharp  Big thumbs up

Frontier is like Delta's Soaring Spirit...the 777 with all the Olympic livery on it. Those were just giant stickers..they work well though.

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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 6:35 pm

China Airlines "Plum Blossom" not "Orchid".
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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 6:41 pm

I stand corrected. Plum Blossom it is. Looks good in any case.
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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 2:58 am

Actually the rudder doesnt always have to be removed and balanced for paint. There is a math calculation that can be done for adding weight to the rudder with out having to remove it. Where I work it only depends on how many previous layers of paint are on the rudder, If its only one or two layers we just paint over it with the rudder installed on the A/C.
 
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RE: How To Paint A Tail?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 4:05 am

Most of the times Mexicana gets its planes delivered with a white tail and the painting process is done in house, since it requires a little more work than other airlines tail paining:


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