Maintenance Matters

February 1999 Issue

Royalite Be Gone

Rather than paint or replace the stuff, cover it up with fabric designed just for that purpose.

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Anybody old enough to remember the conspiratorial advice whispered to a barely pubescent Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate” has dealt with more than enough of the aviation variety to understand all too well why “plaaaastics” can have a bad name.

After a few years, the notoriously misnamed Royalite and the other members of its genus crack, stain and cast an aura of general shabbiness. Most often, the plastic is replaced outright or painstakingly repaired and painted, but there’s another option which could provide a much classier look for the same cost. Many aircraft interior shops now have the ability to cover all that loathsome plastic with FAA-approved fabric, or even lea...

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