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Wrapping an aircraft.

Post by 8074 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:21 pm

My 1946 140 is in excellent mechanical shape and the fuselage is without any cracks, dents, etc. She flies straight, and the engine doesn't leak a drop. However, her paint job sucks and she is a bit homely. The passenger door and the upper and lower engine cowling were not with this aircraft when it was painted, so she looks like a "beater."

I have the opportunity to get it wrapped by a friend who wraps upscale cars for cost, which makes it VERY attractive financially! I've been looking at various boards and websites and from my research it looks like as long as I am not operating under Part 23, and i am not covering the aircraft with "shrink wrap" (like Oratex) I should be fine, as this is cosmetic work, like replacing your registration number decals. I do NOT plan on applying wrap to the wings, flaps, or ailerons. Only the fuselage and tail surfaces. I do plan on putting the registration number on the wings reminiscent of the early aircraft. I'm planning a completely white wrap, and some vintage striping. I've attached pictures of her and an illustration of what I'm thinking about.

FYI I do plan on tearing her down and doing a complete restoration some day, but not today, LOL. Basically, I want to fly her until she needs new fabric and then bite the bullet.

Has anyone done this, and if so, have you had any issues with annuals, etc. ?

Thanks!
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Re: Wrapping an aircraft.

Post by 8424 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:26 am

I think she looks nice with the red nose and red numbers.

If she were mine, I'd just go to the paint store and get a match to the blue stripe mixed in a rattle can and paint the stripe across the door.

Lots of wrapping on experimentals....not sure about using it on Cessnas, etc. Maybe John Cooper or another IA will chime in on this.

Above all, keep having fun flying!

Steve H

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Re: Wrapping an aircraft.

Post by 6643 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:48 am

Not me, I'm more into 60's rock and country.

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Re: Wrapping an aircraft.

Post by izzimj59 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:50 pm

Ha...........me too!!!

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Re: Wrapping an aircraft.

Post by 6643 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:23 pm

Seriously, I don't know much about wrapping, or rapping either, but I have this mental image of a plane spiraling down out of control with this sheet of thin plastic wrapped around the tail surfaces and streaming out behind.

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