One of the difficulties with natural leather hide is that it doesn’t stretch consistently, making it difficult for upholsterers to work and resulting in more loss than desirable during the cutting process. Tapis’ new “two-way stretch tapisuede” has a polyester and polyurethane composition and comes in a maximum width of 59 inches and 33-yard rolls. According to the Armonk, N.Y.
Even during the worst days of the recent recession, the demand for aircraft exterior paint remained relatively strong. Some completion and refurbishment shops even expanded their paint capability during this period. Elliott Aviation was one such shop.
Wing Aviation on Lone Star Executive Airport near Houston has opened a second paint facility designed to increase overall capacity. The new facility includes a wash rack and provides space for stripping metal and composite preparation processes. It features the same water treatment equipment used in the pre-existing paint facility complete with automated filtration system designed to exceed all EPA and TCEQ requirements.
Extending paint life and preventing corrosion are money-saving claims for the use of Xzilon, a liquid formula developed by Granitize of South Gate, California. Xzilon has been certified for application by major airframe manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing.
Hardide Coatings Ltd. (Hall 4 Stand B5) has made a first step into the aerospace sector with its recent selection by BAE Systems as an approved supplier for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The UK surface engineering specialist is providing an ultra-hard tungsten carbide, chemical-vapor deposition coating for various components, including the canopy.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings has developed an epoxy primer formulated without hexavalent chrome, an environmentally harmful substance and a suspected carcinogen. The low volatile organic compound (VOC), two-component, corrosion-inhibitive epoxy primer is the only chrome-free combination primer/surfacer available to the aerospace market, according to Sherwin-Williams technical director Tim Scheuer.
David Allen has been an aircraft detailer for almost 15 years. His Orlando-based Allen Groupe details aircraft interiors and exteriors out of locations in Indianapolis (IND), Atlanta (PDK), Orlando (MCO and ORL) and Palm Beach (PBI). “XZilon is the first product that I’ve found that can back up its claims scientifically, verified by an independent lab,” he told AIN.
There is no airplane so beautiful that a good paint job won’t help it look even better, maybe a lot better. So says Jim Burress, manager of Landmark Aviation’s paint department in Springfield, Ill., and veteran of more than 28 years in the business.
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