September 2011 Issue
Paint Shop Survey: Many to Choose From
Our poll turned up quality shops in most regions of the country. Expect to pay at least $10,000 for a simple job on a single if you want top-notch results.
When aircraft maintenance budgets get tight, paint and interiors are the first things to get put off. This may be part of the reason our latest survey of paint shops turned up fewer top-rated shops than the one we did five years ago. Natural selection is weeding out shops that don’t deliver in quality and service. The good news for anyone with paint so tired it blends in with a canopy cover is that prices have barely moved—perhaps even dropped slightly if corrected for inflation—and there are still several high-skill shops in business around the country (with the seeming exception of the Pacific Northwest). You should be able to find a place to get great paint without crossing multiple time zones.
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