BREECH wrote:WIederling wrote:you still see the greenish coatings on AL parts. ( see the A350 nose as an example.)
nothing has changed actually.
Plastics tend to get that beige or on occasion greyish primer coat and
for some select parts are finished up with the customer airlines livery.
( see any A380 for what gets either type of coating.
tailcone : CFRP : beige or airline finish.)
Thank you very much for the info. Do you also happen to know WHY they're primering the "plastics"? Alumin(i)um is coated to avoid oxidation... oxidization?... whichever is correct. But plastics don't really oxidize, do they? In today's world where "one olive saves 100 million" (according to Jetblue), why spend money and time to paint what cannot deteriorate in the elements?
Just like anything with a gloss ( shine ) coat, car, fridge, plastic bumpers, & carbon planes, it needs a primer
at some point, so sooner the better.