Maintenance Matters

June 2014 Issue

Paint Shop Survey: Patience, Planning

Paint work requires sizable preparation. The better shops are the ones that get it right the first time, on time and know how to communicate.

Imagine fetching the family airplane from a paint shop, and as you’re flying it on one of its first post-paint trips, part of the tail comes off. That’s precisely what happened to a Cessna Conquest after a once reputable paint shop returned the plane to service without properly reassembling it. The shop—which got decent customer reviews in previous Aviation Consumer paint shop surveys—has since gone bankrupt, but it’s a learning experience that other shops and owners can take to the bank.

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