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NWSRG
23rd Oct 2008, 21:14
Folks,

Work in an industry where we're always fighting against the effects of weather...and I was wondering if we could borrow some technology from the 'boneyards' where old airframes are stored.

I'm sure I've read about a material they use (maybe moreso for the old military jets) that can be easily applied (maybe sprayed) onto an airframe, and turns into an epoxy like finish for protection from the elements...

Would anyone have any idea what this might be?

Thanks!

NutLoose
24th Oct 2008, 09:53
The stuff they use in the boneyards I believe is Spraylat, it is used to reflect a lot of the heat away from sensitive equipment and protect the finish and seal it up

see

Protectapeel from Spraylat International (http://www.protectapeel.com/)

and

Airplane Graveyards (http://www.desertusa.com/mag06/apr/airplane.html)

Hope that helps....... if in the UK be careful about condensation, the RAF "pickled" the Civi VC10's at Abingdon in big plastic loose bags and even though they were warned, never dehumidified them, the bags ripped in the wind and when it was decided to put them in service many years later, a lot had literally feet of water around the spars, some where broken up where they stood and others required extensive corrosion work and rebuilding.

NWSRG
24th Oct 2008, 20:26
Cheers Nutloose!

Good info...