Protect Your Aircraft With Industrial Coatings for Your Hangar
Posted Oct 25, 2021 by Dave Scaturro
Whether you have a state of the art jet or a small hobby aircraft, the hangar where you keep your aircraft will always be one of your most important investments. When not in use, your aircraft's longevity and maintenance will be determined by the conditions inside its hangar.
With FAA regulations as strict as ever, safety remains a top priority for everyone – from commercial pilots to hobby aviators. So what's the most cost-effective way to protect your airplane or helicopter while in its hangar? In many cases, the answer is: protective industrial coatings.
Apply Protective Coating in a Strategic Way
Protective coatings enhance the performance qualities of the treated substrate. They can defend a facility from corrosion, temperature extremes, chemical spills, and much more.
Many of today's specialty protective coatings were first developed for aerospace applications, so they have a proven track record. While much attention is given to the hangar floor, there are powerful coating products that work throughout your demanding hangar environment.
Selecting Specialty Coatings for Your Hangar
Here are just some of the ways specialty coatings can contribute to a high-performance environment:
1. Concrete Sealing
Even a small amount of excess humidity can prove dangerous to your aircraft. Concrete sealing is a must as part of an overall waterproofing strategy. Appropriate concrete sealant is cost-effective and easy to apply. Water-repelling sealant can also be designed to resist corrosion and intrusion of industrial oils.
2. Electrostatic Painting
Electrostatic painting is used to coat grounded metal surfaces with positively charged paint particles. Particles are discharged from a specialized applicator gun and wrap around the component on contact. The charge ensures strong attraction between the coating and substrate, making it ideal for equipment in your hangar.
3. Rust Prevention
Preventing corrosion is much easier than treating it, and aircraft corrosion is one of the biggest risks to surface integrity recognized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Many premium anti-corrosion coatings are rated for use on modern aircraft and should also be applied to vulnerable surfaces and equipment.
Key Benefits of Aircraft Hangar Floor Coatings
Of course, we cannot forget the needed attention your hangar floor needs. Without a safe, reliable hangar floor, getting into the air is impossible. Your hangar floor may be subject to massive pressures from your aircraft and other equipment, but the right coatings can keep it in great shape:
Although standard polished concrete may improve the longevity of the concrete slab, it is too slippery for safe hangar operation. Both major airlines and the military prefer epoxy floor coatings especially since materials can be added to adjust traction characteristics.
Coatings must improve the ability to remove fuels, lubricants, and highly corrosive liquids from the floor with no staining. This will ensure regular cleanup is efficient, making it much easier to maintain surface integrity over time.
Coatings that offer high levels of visibility and reflectivity will promote workplace safety in hangar operations. A coating with an included UV inhibitor can prevent yellowing. This is helpful in hangars that utilize white paint to draw attention in a standard color scheme.
4. Abrasion Resistance
Epoxy floor systems have the potential to increase compressive strength and safeguard against abrasions. If an abrasion occurs, it is relatively easy to fix. Abrasion resistant elements should be part of any hangar's flooring mix.
Contact Us Today
Just like your aircraft, industrial coatings are required to perform every time. From floor to ceiling, your hangar can do even better with the right coatings. Contact Alpine Painting and Sandblasting today to discuss how protective industrial coatings can lower maintenance costs and add many more flight years to your favorite aircraft.