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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:35 am

Whoa! Cool video, a real hats off to those guys.

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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:38 am

Cool. So that is how it is done. Question? Why so much White paint?

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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:47 pm

Quoting DTWAGENT (Reply 2):
Why so much White paint?

White is a hard color to paint as imperfections will show through. Most times you need 3 coats to hide the primer coat
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:13 pm

How much weight does that add?
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:27 pm

Nice video! I was really amazed by the amount of paint coats and masking materials required for such a relatively simple CS. I shudder to think of the amount of materials that would be required for something like a Wunalu Dreaming paint-scheme on an A380! The amount of paint vapour given off into the hangar was absolutely scary.
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Pai

Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:44 pm

Really awesome! I wonder how much weight does this add to aircraft.
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:28 pm

Any know what the total time it takes to paint something like an A320?
 
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:28 pm

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
White is a hard color to paint as imperfections will show through. Most times you need 3 coats to hide the primer coat

There goes the notion boring paintschemes "save money"
 
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:19 pm

Really gives you an impression on how much work is put into the painting of an a/c.

Quoting JetMech (Reply 5):
I shudder to think of the amount of materials that would be required for something like a Wunala Dreaming paint-scheme on an A380!

...and even the 744 must have been a hell lot of an effort
 
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:10 pm

Thanks for the video, that was cool to watch!

Will the rudder require any balancing after painting?
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Pai

Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:53 pm

That's great to watch. I'm reminded of a story I read in yesterday's (Oct 14) Boston Herald about the Virgin Megastore closing in Boston thanks to changes in how people buy music ("Dad?...What's a CD?"). Just like video killed the radio star, so too might MP3s kill the music store.

Anyway, the point of that is the Virgin brand name, I think, is a little less powerful than it once was--say 5 or 6 years ago. Still a powerhouse brand, to be sure, but as their flagship stores close--or at least become less 'trendy' as people buy their music from iTunes et al--the 'Virgin' name will lose a small bit of commonality.

I really look forward to seeing Virgin America take to the air. I am upset that in our capitalistic, free-market society VA's competitors are throwing roadblocks in the way of their start-up. I know CO is one of them, and I have to be careful: My cousin is David Messing, who lives in Houston and is the PR guy who gets quoted quite a bit when it comes to news articles about his airline. Indeed, CO is one of the strongest carriers out there. They've found a recipe for success that even bigger carriers haven't. In my view CO will be just fine even with Virgin America in the neighborhood. Success to a large degree comes from critical mass..something CO would have over VA from the beginning.

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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:06 pm

Quoting Kaitak744 (Reply 7):

well i think it was about 30 secs but it looks to me like that the video was speeded up a tad.  Wink
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:10 pm

Amazing.
I love how it comes out looking so shiny and beautiful, a real effort there.
I didn't know people could run and paint that fast!
Under 2 minutes!
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:28 pm

Nice video, thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:52 pm

That was amazing! I was told that all the paint adds at least a ton to the weight of the aircraft, although the size of aircraft would obviously make that weight vary.

Maybe AA has slightly lower fuel costs than other carriers!  Wink I actually love the bare metal on AA aircraft - looks fantastic.
 
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:31 pm

I counted seven, yes, seven all-over coats, one of primer and six of white paint, before they even got the red pot out for the first time! Can this be right? No wonder an aircraft is typically in the paint shop for around a week.

Fascinating and educational. Thanks.
 
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:27 am

Quoting N723GW (Reply 4):
How much weight does that add?

I'd say that on that particular aircraft you're looking at somewhere in the region of 80-100kg. I'm not sure, however, that it was 6 coats although the scissor lift did move across 6 times! 6 times seems an awful lot. Out of interest the more colours involved, the greater the resultant weight will be. Decorative schemes are often applied for marketing reasons and the costs can be regained through a higher return of custom. Where polishing is involved there's also a greater need for maintenance. An operator will have to toss up between whether a polished versus painted scheme will work best for them. There's also environmental concerns involved when painting due to what's known as VOC emissions and an airline entertaining the idea of paint should have the proper facilities to control such hazardous emissions.
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RE: Time Lapse Video Of Virgin America A320 In Paint

Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:35 am

Thanks for showing us the video, pretty cool, and the only time you'll probably ever see that plane that clean.  Wink

Would love to see the time lapse video on Alaska's Salmon jet,

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Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 13):
I didn't know people could run and paint that fast!

Red Bull, lots and lots of Red Bull.  Wink
What the? Did everything just jump around? Or did my brain just stroke off there for a second?