Chrome-Free Aircraft Paint Systems
- What is Chromate?
- A Pattern of Chromate Reduction
- The Chrome-Free Paint Alternative
- Aircraft Paint Service Provider Considerations
- The Chrome-Free Difference
- Who Uses Chrome-Free Paint Systems?
- Testimonial: Unique Paint Job
- PreKote Performance
- Primer Performance
Why & How Aircraft Paint Processes Are Changing
Duncan Aviation researched and tested “green” paint processes for several years, and by 2011 all aircraft painted at Duncan Aviation’s facilities were using an FAA approved, chrome-free paint process. The company is not the first business aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider to make the transition, nor will it be the last.
For customers who have come to rely on Duncan Aviation’s quality and attention to detail, the change raises the question: why make the switch without a regulatory mandate?
Chromate compounds have provided effective aircraft corrosion protection for almost 80 years. However, the aviation industry has been and will continue to trend toward the use of chrome-free alternatives.
The safety of using chromates and the possibility of environmental hazards have been debated by aviation experts for more than a decade. Regulatory requirements are far more stringent, and the cost of compliance is prohibitive. Chrome-free paint systems present an effective, safe and more environmentally responsible alternative.
When properly applied, these paint systems are comparable—if not superior—to their older, chromate counterparts. Adhesion is improved, coating failures are reduced and performance meets or exceeds testing standards. The United States Air Force, several major commercial airlines and several business aircraft manufacturers and service providers have adopted these processes.
Although chrome-free paint systems provide effective corrosion protection for aircraft, proper application is critical. Vigilance is key when assessing a paint proposal and evaluating the experience and capabilities of a service provider.
This document provides an assessment of market drivers, product performance, application processes and considerations for selecting a service provider.
|Bohac, Doug - Manager, Paint - Lincoln, NE (LNK). Aviation professional since 1987.
Direct: +1 402.479.4105
|Mertens, Mike - Manager, Regulatory Compliance - Lincoln, NE (LNK). Aviation professional since 1975.
Direct: +1 402.479.1553
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