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What are these paint patches on this British Airways 787-8 (G-ZBJB)? enter image description here

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They are fixed spots where the surface paint has peeled off. Both Boeing and Airbus have been having this issue with their newer models.

Manufacturers are stressing that this is simply a cosmetic nuissance:

https://mentourpilot.com/is-boeing-also-dealing-with-peeling-paint-issues/

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    $\begingroup$ One of the major causes of that kind of pain adhesion is mechanics touching the structure with silicone grease residues on their hands. Extremely difficult to remove. $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Jan 23 at 22:20
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    $\begingroup$ "Pain adhesion"; sounds about right ;) $\endgroup$
    – Ian W
    Jan 23 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ As an airline (paying customer) I would also got mad about this. A cosmetic nuisance is if the color becomes matte of timer, not peeling off. $\endgroup$
    – Peter
    Jan 24 at 10:43
  • $\begingroup$ Agreed 100% Ratrod look don't suit airliners... $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Jan 24 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like Boeing and Airbus have decided to switch paint suppliers to whomever GM has been using for the last couple of decades. $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Jan 27 at 19:17

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