Thursday, July 09, 2009



Fresh paint for our beloved Citation!

Our paint is nearly a decade old. It's peeling and fading a bit and we are starting to see some minor corrosion on some of the metal rivets and screws under the peeling spots, so it's time to take action. Expensive, time-consuming action!

We are getting our jet painted next week - in theory she'll be done just in time for Oshkosh. This is the final design - the colors might be tweaked a little but not much. We have green because our parent company has a whole lot of green in their logo, and we have blue because it sets off my eyes nicely.

We are using Skyharbour Aircraft Refinishing in Goderich - not only am I fond of them because I used to live there, but they are about 10% cheaper than the nearest competitor. That adds up when a typical paint job costs about 40k.

Cosmetics aside, the paint has a practical benefit also - I'm certain the swooshes on the engine cowl and tail will add at least 20 knots to her cruising speed.

7 comments:

Paul Tomblin said...

We used Sky Harbour when we repainted our PA28-236 a few years ago. Not only are they cheap, but every day they put up a web page showing pictures of your plane's progress.

Colin said...

The swooshes mostly make it faster when it is standing still or on the ground, so just be ready with the brakes when you are taxiing.

Ward said...

Too bad you couldn't work in a small Anarchy A in there somewhere...

Colby said...

20 kts faster? I'd say more like 30. I've seen a few swooshes in my day and those are mighty fine.

Dagny said...

That is so awesome you are getting it done at sky harbour! LOL

Should look nice once she's done. :D

Niss Feiner said...

Shes gonna look purdy. I got a card in the mail from skyharbour and their prices are much cheaper for work. I may consider using them in the future.

Dan said...

Are you going to Oshkosh?

Dan