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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:33 pm    Post subject: Spray Job - Can Joe Bloggs do it (In the U.K) Reply with quote

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?)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

Apart from that I would say go for it.

www.airliners.net

has many photos of Bell 206s from all over the world. Prob the best place to find a paint scheme you like, or just come up with something unique that you like.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colour schemes - I personally like that Green/Gold scheme on G-SPEY.

Umm. TC. Exclamation Shocked You CAN NOT repaint it. It's a national institution. It's iconic. Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy

I flew into Wellsbourne the other day and a couple of folks commented on how well it looked. On the other hand I've been told it's very 1960's.

As it's up for sale, a fresh paint job might get it out the hangar quicker - who knows?

Have you seen the Red Tape required by the good old CAA on re-painting a aircraft Confused Unbeleivable!
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Los of red tape? Very Happy I think they're trying to tell you something DON'T REPAINT IT!!! Wink

As for 1960s, I thought 'retro' was very in at the moment...!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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