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Painting process

The experienced aircraft painting specialists at HAT&S take pride in their workmanship and approach every paint project with meticulous care and attention. The company HAT&S uses the Graco electrostatic paint system, for production of top painting quality. Our comprehensive process includes complete disassembly of all removable components, absolute removal of all existing paint and corrosion, and expert application of corrosion protection, primer, basecoat, design elements, and clearcoat (optional). Our standard warranty is two years and clients who choose the clear coat option double their paint warranty to four years, twice as long as available from similar aircraft paint shops.

HAT&S Paint Specifications:
HAT&S provides best workmanship in aircraft painting and utilizes state-of-the-art materials to allow a superior finish as well as unsurpassed durability and corrosion control. Only Aircraft approved products are used throughout the aircraft painting process, and approved aircraft finishing systems are adhered to. The following represents a partial list of materials and procedures used:
Aircraft is thoroughly inspected and evaluated by senior management staff and a refinishing plan is established coordinating the owner's specifications and requests.

2. All windows, glass, plastic, boots, antennas and delicate parts, etc. are covered with 3M aluminum foil tape (heavy grade) to insure protection throughout the aircraft painting process.

3. Old painting removal with PLASTIC BLASTING Technology. This is the safest way to remove existing paint.

4. High pressure and high temperature wash. Absolutely no residue will remain in or on aircraft. Every rivet line, seam, and edge undergoes additional steps to insure that even the smallest amount of paint is removed and that absolutely all corrosion is completely eliminated.

5. Removal of control surfaces, inspection covers, fairings, moldings etc., to be further processed and painted separately. Reassembly using stainless steel fasteners, after the aircraft has been painted, maintains new appearance and eliminates sources of corrosion when covers are removed in the future. These fasteners are included in the base price, except 1/4 turn cowl fasteners, these are offered at an additional charge. Any corrosion is completely removed during this process.

6. Full airframe inspection is performed by HAT&S mechanics and a report is issued as a part of the completed project.

7. Acid etch of all aluminium done by hand, not with "fogger" - super cleaning of the aluminium.

8. Two coats zinc chromate primer, two-part, epoxy primer with zinc Chromate interbonded, is used to provide the finest corrosion control possible. In some applications, a filler primer may be recommended.

9. Fiberglass parts are refinished to "like new" appearance, or replaced if necessary.

10. Aircraft approved  paint is applied as a final finish. Three (3) full coats are applied rather than the common industry standard of two (2) coats. This additional application results in a better appearance and a longer lasting, durable finish. These are the premier aircraft paints, giving a beautiful "wet look" and affording maximum durability. We do not accelerate our finish coat, thus allowing better adhesion and long-term durability.

11. Color striping is done by our own special technique leaving crisp, clean lines.

12. Computer generated masks are used for all registers, resulting in a superior appearance. Outlining and shadowing is available at a reasonable charge.

13. Control surfaces are balanced using factory specified equipment and specifications.

14. Licensed technicians check aircraft and logbook entries are made.

15. Professional aircraft scheme design work is included as a standard.

16. All required placards will be installed.

17. Up to 5 hours labour for dent filling and/or corrosion repair, if any, is provided as part of the base price. As either dents or corrosion may be undetectable until aircraft is stripped, owners are advised of estimated additional charges, providing contact can be made within the work schedule of the aircraft painting process. Additional repairs will be performed at current shop rates.

18. As a part 145 repair station, a final quality inspection is completed and the aircraft is found airworthy and approved for return to service.