Cessna Paint Job Progress
The progress continues on the Cessna paint job. The entire airplane was stripped to bare metal, the few flaws in the airframe were exposed and repaired. Next everything was primed and readied for paint. I asked Century Aircraft Paint to provide me a small sample of the colors I had chosen and they prepared this well proportioned panel. This really shows me the weight of color I am using on the airplane and provides me a feel of how the colors will work together. I chose not to have the colors individually pinstriped, so I was a bit worried that the colors touching would not look good together. I believe it is going to look very good and I don’t think the pinstripes are necessary, which is good because it adds a lot of extra labor.
I went round and round on the color choices, painting an airplane (correctly) is not cheap, adding a bunch of custom colors just adds to the expense. When this project started out I really fell in love with a crazy blue, red, black and white palette. I quickly found out that the more colors you have the more it costs to put on the airplane. With the help of my good friends Erik and Dean I tried what seemed to be endless combinations of paint schemes and colors. As we whittled down my wants and needs, it turned out that I was more cost sensitive than color sensitive. I wanted an airplane that was not white and was not the typical “swoosh” paint job of 2013. With everyone’s help and guidance, the airplane is not going to have a drop of white on it and nothing about the paint scheme says swoosh.
I tried all kinds of “way out there” options for my Cessna paint scheme. I thought about painting every part a different color. I thought about making the paint scheme ultra modern. I settled for a bit of “don’t hit me” color and a very classic stripe design. As much as I would have loved to make the scheme crazy, reality set in and advised me that someday I will have to sell the airplane and the next buyer will hate it. By keeping the scheme a bit more traditional and making the accent color bright and fun, I was able to make it my own without excluding 95% of my potential buyers when I sell it one day.
Soon the airplane will be done and I will follow up with lots of pictures and more stories. If you have any questions about my Cessna Paint Job project email them to Michael@Wingster.aero