Project: Jet Aviation in Teterboro, NJ
Alpine was commissioned by Jet Aviation in Teterboro, NJ to recoat the exterior of their facility at Teterboro Airport. Jet Aviation is a private aircraft company that offers the use of private aircrafts.
Jet Aviation’s facility manager contacted Alpine to service their facility, a facility that is 60 feet at the highest point and was showing signs of wear. The facility no longer represented the desired image of the company brand.
Picking Up The Pieces
The facility had areas with visible fading, stains, and caulking that were failing due to water issues. The facility manager wanted to clean up the facility and give it a facelift so that when others drove to the building it would create a lasting positive impression and be more representative of the Jet Aviation brand.
The project had its access challenges due to the facility’s height at 60 feet. Alpine had to utilize very specific aerial equipment to access all areas needing to be cleaned and coated. Another challenge was that the Alpine team had to work at a high elevation very close to an active runway. The crew needed to be very aware of where the aircrafts were at all times for the protection of Jet Aviation’s customers. Additionally, Alpine needed to be very aware of weather patterns to ensure that their paints did not airborne and land on any of the highly expensive Jet Aviation equipment and aircrafts.
Alpine was very particular about how they applied the painting material and the environment in which they applied it. It was critical, therefore, that no spray equipment be used for this assignment. Every application was done by brush and roller which took longer but was instrumental in avoiding any unnecessary hazards to the equipment.
Getting Ready for Takeoff
The job involved a metal structure with prefinished panels. Alpine had to use a proper binding primer to make sure they got adhesion being they had never been field painted before. The surfaces needed to be cleaned by power washing with environmentally friendly cleaners such as KrudKutter.
Some of the prefinished overhangs (prefinished metal) that were not to be painted needed to be hand cleaned to remove debris and be brought back to life with chemicals that were specific to that substrate.
Communication and Collaboration
For some of the accent colors, Alpine used high-performance Sherwin Williams acrylics to allow their vibrancy to really pop and to hold its color and finish throughout future environmental conditions such as weather and extended UV.
Coordination between all parties was important as there was a lot of activity taking place during the project’s execution. Alpine coordinated with the facility manager when they would be working in each designated area; when areas needed to be coned off for safety; and making sure no pedestrians found themselves below any work areas.
Alpine’s Vision Takes Flight
Alpine communicated with the client every step of the way. The client was thrilled with the results of Alpine’s work and requested they bid for more work in 2023, such as painting the interior of one of their hangars.