3 Ways that aircraft paint becomes oxidized
Oxidized paint is the number one reason that most aircraft get repainted. And, if you’ve ever repainted a plane before, you know that it can be extremely expensive. There are many ways to prevent oxidizing including regular waxing, keeping a cover on your plane, or ideally keeping it in a hanger. However you must first understand the reasons for oxidation:
1. The Sun: The sun’s powerful UV rays have a profound effect on the aircrafts paint. If you’ve ever removed stickers or decals from your aircraft you’ll quickly see how the paint can get faded from its original color. The Sun’s UV rays cut through the top coat of the paint and make it faded and chalky. This is obviously especially prevelent in sunny areas like Florida or California.
2. Salt: Flying near the ocean means that your aircraft will be in constant contact with salt from the ocean. Salt is extremely corrosive and requires regular cleaning to keep it off. Obviously this is not a problem if you dont live near the ocean however if you do you need to be aware of the damage it can cause. Regularly wash your aircraft to get rid of the salt.
3. Acid Rain: Acid rain is typically not a geographic problem. Acid rain can hit any plane and do serious damage to the tough exterior paint. Acid rain is similar to salt in the that best thing you can do is keep the plane washed and waxed regularly. Also not having your plane on a tie-down outside will obviously limit the exposure to acid rain.