>The only paint is on not metallic surfaces and of course the
>cheatline and lettering.
Cheatline and lettering are decals, not paint -- exception being ex-Reno Aircraft.
>Many say polishing takes up most of the money saved from not painting the aircraft.
Polishing a 777 takes a couple of hours. Painting takes days!
>Although, with a fleet of over 700 aircraft, economies of scale takeover
>and it is probably a great savings to the airline.
Yes, yes and yes again.
>Anybody know how AAs exterior cleaning and polishing schedule works?
Aircraft are washed about once per week. SAN folks say it takes less than 1 hour to fully wash an MD80 size plane. Polishing is done at major maintenance visits every 40-60 days and takes a polishing crew 2-3 hours to do an MD-11 size plane. They use motorized rollers on long poles for the most part. Not sure what polishing compound is used.
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