|Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):|
Once opened they tend to leave a visible borderline over time if a new paint job is not carried out or aircraft not cleaned.
|Quoting alwaysontherun (Reply 7):|
I have never seen anybody accessing a plane´s fin at a gate for instance.
I've done just that myself on a few occasions. Usually to inspect or R&R a leaky actuator/actuator seal for example
|Quoting alwaysontherun (Reply 9):|
Interesting that KLM did not patch up the paint work after a heavy check........it takes 1 man, 1 brush, and a ladder! No?
Erm, no. Often the mfr just has the seals & screws just painted over (In fact I've never seen livery color coordinated screws now that I think of it...) So, after popping the cherry on that panel, it will be visible until the AC
is painted again...
As for "brushing" the surface... Not really practical. It looks a bit smaller in a photograph, but those tails get pretty big when you're up close. Of course you always clean up after your own work, but cleaning an entire stabilizer so that everything matches would easily take more than your entire shift (or two!), if it's just one person doing it. That's a lot of metal up there!
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