Aircraft Refinishing

Some say beauty is more than skin deep and at Ranger Aviation, we can't agree more. Here's a quick rundown of our process for leaving your plane with a deep glossy new finish and looking its very best!

  • Detailed inspection of exterior
  • Additional areas noted for attention
  • Aircraft carefully masked
  • Exterior paint chemically stripped with environmentally friendly methylene chloride
  • Aircraft inspected again with emphasis on corrosion control
  • Aircraft is alkaline washed
  • Acid brightener used to deep clean the aluminum surfaces
  • Alodine treatment applied to aid defense against corrosion while also providing excellent bonding surface for primers.
  • Aircraft moved to one of four DeVilbiss paint booths
  • Aircraft cleaned and masked again
  • Primer is prepared and inspected
  • Corrosion inhibiting epoxy primer applied
  • Application of second high build primer (optional), sanded smooth to hide rivet dimples and seam lines
  • Base color sprayed onto aircraft
  • Correct amount of curing time observed
  • Paint scheme is laid out on aircraft
  • Preparation for painting stripe colors

As a part of every paint job, the paint scheme and striping colors are designed using the latest in computer software. We can customize the design and colors to fit any application, and we use this same software for applying "N" numbers or custom graphics. Next in the process, before detailing the new paint job:

  • Maintenance crews balance and install flight controls
  • Items removed for paint are installed
  • Final maintenance inspection to insure all reinstalled components are completed in an airworthy manner
  • Exterior paint surface detailed
  • Installation of required placards
  • Bright work polished to deep shine
  • De-ice boots sealed and dressed
  • All windows edge sealed and lightly polished
  • Final paint inspection performed

When all points pass the inspection, the aircraft is readied for delivery!

So, is beauty more than skin deep? If it's a new aircraft paint job by Ranger Aviation, it certainly is! For a quote on your next refinishing project, contact John Fields at 800-326-5758 or use our online quote request.