You don't have to be on floats to take advantage of Wipaire's world-class aircraft refinishing services. Our facility and paint technician talent has the ability to strip and paint any aircraft from a single engine aircraft to a small business jet, whether matching your floats to your airplane or indulging in a complete makeover for a Citation 650 or rotorcraft. At Wipaire our main concerns are quality of craftsmanship, care of your aircraft while it is at our facility, and your convenience and satisfaction.
The Wipaire refinishing team also has extensive experience with custom detailing. We can help you bring your ideas to reality. These projects are completed by hand with great attention to detail. No request is too great or small. There are several examples of airbrushed details featured in the photo gallery at the right.
Don't compromise on quality when choosing where to bring your investment. Aircraft refinished by Wipaire have won Grand Champion awards at both EAA AirVenture and Sun 'n Fun.
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The Wipaire Paint Process
A Cessna Grand Caravan on a loaner set of floats sorely in need of an eye catching paint scheme.
Preparing for the Base Coat
This aircraft came to us direct from the factory with no exisiting paint so stripping wasn't necessary but it certainly needed a good wash down and some sanding to prepare it for the base coat. After the wash down all of the components that need to be protected from overspray are carefully masked off.
Primer Coat and Base Coat is Applied
To provide a smooth base and good adhesion the aircraft and its components are given a coat of primer. This aircraft called for a white basecoat of paint so that was applied after the primer cured.
Striping Laid Out
Following the same paint scheme as the customer's existing 208 on Wipline 8000 floats this aircraft receives its striping layout. Then it is masked to prepare it for the first application of color and the surface is abraded to provide excellent paint adhesion.
Adding the Color
The first color, a brilliant blue, is applied. Then another round of masking is applied and the gold highlight is carefully laid on.
Matching the Floats
One of the great things about buying floats from Wipaire is our ability to custom paint them to match your aircraft paint scheme. This brand new set of Wipline 8750 floats was given a matching white paint base and accent stripes to coordinate with the aircraft.