Personalized Customer Service with Minimum Downtime
Aero Paint of San Diego specializes in painting light commercial and general aviation fixed wing aircraft (max. 45 ft. wingspan), sailplanes and helicopters. We strictly limit the number of aircraft we service at any one time in order to provide personalized service to each customer and to minimize aircraft downtime. We work with you closely throughout every part of the painting process in order to exceed your expectations upon delivery. You may come in as a customer, but you will leave as a friend.
Aero Paint Airplane Paint Shop Painting Procedures…
Exacting Aircraft Preparation and Inspection
Aero Paint’s painting preparation process is detailed and exacting with safety as our foremost concern. The process begins with masking or protecting all sensitive aircraft components. Inspection panels and flight control surfaces are removed, prepped and painted individually. The aircraft is then moved into our chemical stripping facility.
After we disassemble the controls and strip off the old paint, we inspect, identify and repair any missing or loose rivets, stress cracks, dents or corrosion. Since structural integrity is paramount, all previous repairs are also checked and any problems resolved prior to paint application.
After stripping, sanding, inspection and repairs are completed, the bare metal surface is first acid-etched and then sprayed with Alodine 1201 Coating Chemical for rock-solid paint adhesion and chemically-bonded corrosion resistance. The aircraft is moved into our aircraft painting hanger for priming with an epoxy-based primer. All primer and paint is applied within the protected spraying hangar.
Rugged, Durable, Imron 5000 Polyurethane Enamel for a “Wet Look” Finish
For extreme durability, Aero Paint uses multiple coats of ultra-rugged, Imron 5000 polyurethane enamel for a “Wet Look” finish. Using advanced Dupont technology, this unique acrylic/polyester-based painting system resists harsh environmental conditions like UV rays, acid rain, solvents and chemicals.
After painting, any additional detail painting, lettering, numbering, pinstripes or decals are applied before the aircraft exits the protected painting hanger. Disconnected aircraft controls and surfaces are then reassembled, with final balancing and inspection performed by an FAA certified aircraft mechanic.
Environmentally Responsible, Licensed and Approved Facility
All stripping and painting facilities are fully approved and regulated. During the preparation and painting process, Aero Paint does everything possible to protect the health of our workers as well as the environment. All workers wear fresh-air respirators while painting and any exhaust air is environmentally filtered to remove volatile organic compounds prior to release back into the atmosphere. Any waste chemicals or materials are captured during application for recycling, treatment or disposal by approved waste disposal services.