Based on three years of experience using FAA-approved, chrome-free paint processes at its Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. facilities, Duncan Aviation has updated, and made available on its website, its “Chrome-Free Aircraft Paint Systems” field guide.
Ruag Aviation’s Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen paint shop received a second-place besser lackieren (better paint) Green Award in the category of in-house coating: companies with fewer than 50 employees. The award emphasizes the development of coating technologies and know-how through learning from industry leaders. It further aims to highlight the importance of properly performed coating, from extending product and platform service life to enhancing appearances.
U.S.-based AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings, a division of International Paints, has reported qualification of one of its base-coat products to the Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) standard, which governs the use of metals for aircraft manufacture and MRO.
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has introduced a new chrome-free pre-treatment to simplify the aircraft maintenance process.
Under the brand name Metaflex SP 1050, the pre-treatments can be applied over several metals and composites. According to the European company’s Waukegan, Ill. center, Metaflex SP 1050 brings time- and cost-saving benefits to the paint shop, and reduces VOC emissions by as much as 75 percent.
Another new product is the Alumigrip base coat and Alumigrip clear coat technology, which AkzoNobel claims will reduce cycle time by up to 40 percent.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings (Booth No. 4547) has launched a new website to assist aircraft coatings specifiers and paint applicators with what it calls one of the most detailed online information sources in the aircraft coatings industry. The aerospace unit of paint giant Sherwin-Williams is demonstrating to convention-goers how the revamped website is easy to maneuver and provides more connectivity for visitors.
SureFlight Aircraft Completions (Booth No. 3192) recently completed the exterior paint on a Sikorsky S-76B owned by business mogul Donald Trump.
The project was the second S-76 exterior paint job for Trump, but a departure from the usual all-black theme with red striping. According to SureFlight CEO Dan Watkins, the latest helicopter will be based in southern climes, where the weather is much hotter, so the upper half of the aircraft is painted white, with the prominent Trump logo emblazoned in red-on-white on both sides of the tail boom.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings (Booth No. 4547), located in Andover, Kan., introduced several new products during NBAA’12. Its new urethane primer and sanding surfacer (CM0481827) can double as either a traditional sanding surfacer or as a primer. MROs and paint shops can now use one product for two purposes. And the product dries twice as fast as traditional epoxy surfacer technologies. The corrosion-inhibitive urethane primer is also chromate hazard-free and is intended for use on all aircraft.
Skyscapes, a new basecoat/clearcoat exterior paint developed by Sherwin-Williams Aerospace, now has two complete coatings, including pretreatment, corrosion protective primer, topcoat and clearcoat. Both are certified with SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3095 (AMS 3095). One system includes Alodine, 483987 primer and Skyscapes basecoat/clearcoat. The second system is Alodine, 483787 chrome hazard-free primer and Skyscapes basecoat/clearcoat.
Duncan Aviation’s latest expansion, a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb. location, is on schedule to open this spring.
The $10.5 million project includes an extension of the ramp at Lincoln Airport, and the shop will accommodate aircraft up to large-cabin business jets, including Bombardier’s Global line, Gulfstream’s new G650 and Dassault’s Falcon 7X.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings of Andover, Kan., has expanded its SKYscape basecoat/clearcoat polyurethane aerospace paint to include special mica effects with 30 new “pearl” color options. The new SKYscape mica colors feature translucent pearl and mica pigments rather than traditional metallic flaks, resulting in vivid special effects.
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