While in Lincoln for the refurbishment of the Challenger 604 I talked about in my last entry, the paint shop at Duncan Aviation was tackling a paint challenge for a different customer.
This particular customer wanted a 3D psychedelic paint scheme put onto his brand, spanking new Global Express, and the swirling effects couldn't be achieved through normal paint procedures, like lasers or templates. Instead, the paint team got out the masking tape and started taping. And taping. And taping. And more taping. And then they taped some more.
When they finished the first side of the aircraft, they traced what they had done to ensure both sides of the aircraft would be mirrored images of each other. In addition to the time-lapsed video of the entire process, which I posted above, you can read the entire contents of their press release and find out more about the weeks-long project - because the paint job was pretty special. So special, I would say that Duncan is pushing the envelope with what they've done here. And it doesn't stop there.
Duncan's paint facility in Lincoln, at 45,000 square feet, is large enough to accommodate some of the largest business aircraft in the market. And when they set up the shop last year, they put in place air flow systems that allow them to work on multiple aircraft and multiple types of jobs at the same time. So they could be painting in one bay but sanding in another, and neither process will have crossover residue to the other. Smart!
The other interesting thing about Duncan Aviation is they committed to using a FAA-approved chrome-free paint system about two years ago, which is better for the people working in the paintshop, the environment AND the aircraft itself. You can download their field guide on chrome-free paint to find out more about the process which adheres better to the aircraft with less mil thickness. And they stand behind their 3-year paint warranty.