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Any question regarding to aircraft paint.

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Does wing paint colour improve airplane fuel efficiency?

If birds that fly very long distances like seabirds have darker colours on top of the wings and lighter colours underneath the wing, is it possible that painting airplane wings similarly may improve ...
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How much does basecoat/clearcoat paint cost for an airline?

Suppose an airline with 15-20 A320 wanted to change the paint for the entire fleet, how much would it cost approximately? I need this for my thesis, but unfortunately, paint manufacturers I contacted ...
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Why are some vertical stabilizers painted 'after' installation?

I recently watched the Airbus videos on making the first PAL and Air China A350s. PAL’s vertical stabilizer was painted before being installed, as explained in 'Why are the tails always painted, but ...
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How is an aircraft painted?

How is an aircraft painted? I've always wondered how an air plane was painted and what steps it required to accomplish this task.
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Why was the Concorde painted white and not black?

It's well-known that the stated reason the Concorde was painted predominantly white was to mitigate heating problems. However, given that the source of the Concorde's thermal woes wasn't excessive ...
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Why are aircraft coloured in yellow during construction, repair or overhaul?

Why are aircraft usually coated with "yellow", while either during construction or repair and overhaul? What exactly is the purpose of it?
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What is this red dashed line between door and cockpit window?

I noticed this dashed line located between the door and cockpit window on this 737-300 while boarding this exact aircraft at Ibiza airport. It seems to have text beside it but I did not have time to ...
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What is the meaning of nose-art on the Tu-160 bomber?

The BBC reports another Tu-160 interception on 15 Jan 2018 and it's clear that there is a large message painted on the side of the bomber. Looking at the Wikipedia page, it seems this style of nose-...
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Why were the fronts of the Messerschmitt Me-109 painted yellow?

After seeing the movie Dunkirk I learnt that the Luftwaffe didn't actually use the yellow coloring on the Me-109 until a few months after the battle of Dunkirk. Was this perhaps done to avoid friendly ...
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Why are the wingtips of sailplanes painted red?

Gliders are painted white (I suppose for thermal reasons), except for some shapes on the fuselage (generally blue or red, but it seems the color does not matter). And the aircraft registration is dark,...
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Is the old paint removed before applying a new one?

I've heard that paint on large airplanes weigh 250+ kg. When an aircraft gets a new owner, do they remove the paint that was previously on or simply paint over it? If it is removed, how is it ...
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What is the purpose of the black paint below the cockpit windows?

Today I saw the following picture of the B747-400 SuperTanker, which shows a black painted region below the cockpit windows. I have also seen vintage pictures of other aircraft that also had this ...
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Does the “bat wing” aircraft paint design have a proper name?

I would like to do a web search for different planes that have utilised the "bat wing" paint application noticeable on the wings below? What keywords should I search for?
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Why are the tails always painted, but not the fuselage, in test and delivery flights?

Granted some airlines prefer to paint their own planes, but we always see planes like the one below, protective coating everywhere but the tail. Why's that? (Source)
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Why did WWII prop aircraft have colored prop tips?

Why do propeller aircraft from World War II and similar planes sometimes have the tips of the props colored? I see it on single engine planes like the P-51 as well as bigger, multi-engine planes such ...
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Why aren't the undersides of military aircraft painted bluey-grey to camouflage them against the sky? [duplicate]

Why aren't military aircraft painted a bluey-grey colour to camouflage them against a bluey-grey sky? (I researched this but couldn't find a clear answer)
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What is in 'stealth paint' to reflect radar, and how does it work?

What is in the 'stealth paint' that coats stealth bombers e.g B-2 spirit, and stealth aircraft, e.g SR-71, and how does it absorb/deflect radar?
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Why are the tips of the flap track fairings painted red?

The fairings are painted red at the tips, look: Source: Airliners.net I have seen that on many new airplanes, not only the A330. So why are they painted red?
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Why are the leading edges of the 787's horizontal and vertical stabilizers not painted?

The other day I made a question about the engine painting and why it isn't painted at the front part. The answer was: to facilitate anti-ice system. Source: fervegeon.com So perhaps the leading ...
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Why is the front part of the engine not painted?

The engines are always painted a certain colour but the front part is always grey. Source And here on the XWB: Source Why is it that?
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Why are some airplane wings not painted?

Why is it that some wings are not painted on commercial jets? Couldn't they paint them the same color as the fuselage or would it be a waste of money?
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Why don't airliner winglets have consumer advertising on them?

I was looking over the wikipedia article for the 737NG when I came across this picture: As you can see, the operator of the jet has written their companies web address on the winglet. Which seems ...