Improved Paint Removal Technique
BATTELLE COLUMBUS DIV OH
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The project was initiated with a brief visit to Robins Air Force Base to review their aircraft paint stripping operation. After that project initiation visit, Battelle contacted commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers, military bases, contract stripping companies, and stripping chemical manufacturers to determine what the state-of-the-art is in the field of stripping paint from aircraft. Many personal visits to stripping facilities were made to get first-hand information from the people involved with stripping aircraft and to see the actual stripping facility. A summary of the information obtained from these contacts is provided in the appendix of this report. The complete stripping of a C141 at Robins Air Force Base and the partial stripping of a KC-135 at Tinker Air Force Base were observed. The intent was to identify specific items and practices in the Warner Robins ALC operation that could be improved in order to decrease the amount of time required to strip an aircraft and therefore increase throughput. It was concluded that Warner Robins is essentially up with the state-of-the-art of airplane paint stripping that has been observed at other stripping facilities.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes