What Goes Into Painting an Airplane Hangar?

Great Western Painting performs the commercial painting jobs no one else wants to do throughout California, Texas and Utah. One of these project types is airplane hangars. This is due to airplane hangar painting challenges that are unique to these structures. However, we are always up for this challenge! This is how we tackle this kind of project:

  • Assessment: As mentioned above, airplane hangars are unique. They are large and often older buildings. Many airports and private airfields still use hangars that were in service during World War II. There may still be lead paint, and that means extra caution must be taken when prepping surfaces so workers and visitors are not exposed to toxins. Also, roofs may be deteriorating or fixtures may be rusted. Basically, we want to know what challenges lie ahead so we do not make damage worse or risk the safety of our workers.
  • Preparing the exterior: Once we know the unique challenges of the hangar, we plan exterior preparation based on them. We set aside enough time to address the full size of the structure and keep workers safe. Preparing steel buildings like hangars normally involves cleaning and some sanding to create an even surface. If there are dents and dings, we will try to fill them as much as possible, but will not risk compromising the surface by trying to roughly remove them.
  • Interior preparation: The interior is just as challenging as the exterior, only there is no wind to introduce new debris to the surface. While prepping, we notice any hard-to-reach places and take precautions so workers are not poisoned by lead or asbestos. We want this step to be thorough, too, since hangars face enough pressure without us adding to any damage.
  • Addressing flooring: Hangar floors must be clean, and painting them is a task unique to the airline industry. Besides the usual cleaning, we also coat it properly, as that will maintain the durability of the concrete and help the hangar last longer. Treatment also includes a vapor barrier, which protects floors from hydrostatic pressure failures often inflicted on them by aircraft.
  • Painting: There are many challenges with the actual painting process. One of them is that aircraft continuously produce wind, so surfaces can become dirty again. We avoid this by painting quickly so the paint dries before it is exposed to elements. Second, we also have to contain spray so it does not spill over onto expensive aircraft. This often means painting during an airfield’s slow hours or using fast-dry primers and coatings so they are less likely to spread to non-painted surfaces. If your hangar is located in a flat and windy area, we will talk about planning the project in a way to best manage these conditions.

As an expert in industrial painting, Great Western Painting understands airplane hangar painting challenges and will not hesitate to perform this service in California, Texas, Utah and the rest of the western U.S. Call us today to schedule an estimate and get started on preserving your buildings.

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