UTA_flyinghigh - it sounds like you saw an aircraft media blasted which is as you described like little marbles. It's more like little pieces of plastic.
Dl757md - Does DL
apply a clear coat later on or is the polyurethane epoxy you use like an SS
Ltbewr - yes, as for shortcuts. The same applies to Aircraft refinishing as for automotive finishing/ refinishing. If one prep procedure falls through the cracks and say one person want's to take a "shortcut" within less than a week that paint that was just applied will start lifting or peeling. That can be the cause of not properly washing/ de-greasing/ de-waxing the aircraft or even not sanding or abrading the material to be painted. My friend's dad accidentally banged into something while pulling their 77' Trans Am into the garage so they took it to a really good body shop.It cost them $1000 to get a golf ball sized dent fixed and refinished. Well, when they got it back. Over near the dent the new paint was bubbling and lifting. That was caused by the Painter not wearing gloves (you can contaminate the surface with the oils of your hands) I always make sure to use gloves. See because of that Painters carelessness the paint lifted. That's a great explanation by Dl757md above of all the prep procedures. He said they use Chemical stripper which all companies and manufactures use, it would be just to long otherwise. You can pick it up in any store, It's called KleanStrip or of course Aircraft Remover. HAHA, If your ever mad at anyone just toss that on their car. Just kidding, never do that. That's just harsh.
[Edited 2004-06-12 00:13:47]