Joined: Jul 26, 2004 Posts: 490 Location: How do I know...The map is on the back seat!
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:33 pm Post subject: Spray Job - Can Joe Bloggs do it (In the U.K)
I'm considering getting a paint job done on the 206 this winter. A local spray shop which has done work on my cars over the years (BMW trained sprayer and all that), want to quote for the work. It appears that they will be substantially cheaper than "Mr Aviation" and may even do a nice air-brush job to show off to other clients!.
As they haven't got "Aviation" either in their name/portfolio or history, do they have to be "authorised"?
I suppose getting the bits on/off the machine must need a qualified spanner man? (The hull can be done in the hangar) but do they need to be recognised by the CAA or someone, and does the paint have to be anything special with a "aviation" tag ?
Advice as always received with thanks. (Any good 206 paint scheme idea's?) _________________ TC - Pilot to the Stars.
Joined: May 08, 2005 Posts: 1078 Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:44 pm Post subject:
TC - Nearly every awesome paint scheme out there has been done by an automotive shop. From what I understand CAA has nothing to do with painting your helicopter. I would assume that you would use a licenced engineer to pull it apart and put it back together again.
Joined: Aug 23, 2005 Posts: 266 Location: On a course.... golf course
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:38 pm Post subject:
Get an aviation painter to oversee the job.
He knows what solvents are allowed on aircraft metals to strip the old paint, knows what tools to use to strip, knows whether to leave some parts totally free of paint, knows that rivet heads shouldn't be sanded off to smooth things out, and lots of other things that some kid in a garage wouldn't comprehend.
Get an engineer to take off as many panels as possible - when a machine is painted with the panels in place, it looks really sh*thouse when an inspection panel is subsequently removed and all the old paint is there, along with solvent residue and such.
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