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Wrapping Planes & Jets Yes or No?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Scrathcy, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Scrathcy

    Scrathcy New Member

    Sep 19, 2019
    Hi Guys
    I Have been asked about wrapping a Jet, Scares me no end.. Will the wrap stay on at 350 MPH I assume its only going to take the slightest floor in the wrap and its going through the engine.. YIKES..

    Has anyone done this or has any technical knowledge about this?

    Similarly what about small planes like a Cessna, I assume that would be ok.. ?

    Please chime in if you have any experience with this..
  2. Dan360

    Dan360 Member

    Dec 23, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    There are special vinyls made for aircrafts, 3M won't sell it unless you're certified for aircraft wraps. I think Orafol makes one as well.

    I've also been told the aircraft will have to be recertified by the FAA. I know people who have done it but they were never fully comfortable with the project and they said you don't do full wraps on aircraft.
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  3. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Just warranty it til the first take off. A jet ?? Why ??
  4. Chriswagner92

    Chriswagner92 Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    Call your local FAA office. My buddy works with aircraft and they can be super nit-picky. You definitely want to avoid any sensors, which there are probably plenty, and have to take into account the weight of the vinyl and laminate. If it adds so much weight, the plane may have to be re-inspected and certified. The only plane we've actually put vinyl on was a single seater experimental which had yet to be certified, so we didn't have too much to worry about.

    Whatever you do, make sure you do it right, and cover yourself enough that you can't be held liable if something does happen.
  5. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    Question is...will your insurance company allow this activity?
  6. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Not worth the headache and potential liability, run away.
  7. player

    player Major Contributor

    Apr 24, 2006
    Remember many years ago there were unexplained plane crashes that were killing many people? They tracked the failure to the graphics installers using Xacto blades to cut the vinyl on the plane. The cuts were enough to score the aluminum panels of the plane. These score marks would cause the panels to fail down the road and the planes would crash.
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  8. ams

    ams Very Active Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    I'd love to try it.
  9. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

    Dec 27, 2005
    Guam USA
    You have any links to this? I couldn't find any. I've heard it before but thought it might be an urban legend.
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  10. Jeff grossman

    Jeff grossman Living the dream

    Nov 17, 2018
    Pa 19320
    Was approached once about a helicopter so I stopped at my insurance agents office to inquire....
    She said run - they ( owners of helicopter) wanted a release of liability and enough coverage to cover replacement if lost . Then the kicker I would have to have enough coverage for the helicopter, any air disaster and cleanup if needed - policy looked great but no one could ever afford the cost -
    Ended up sending it to a buddy that paints aircraft and helicopters for a living , made 10% of the job For the referral
  11. pinkiss

    pinkiss Member

    Jun 28, 2018
    my understanding that any type of wrapping would be rare, seeing recently documentary on concord airplaines, pepsi had to spray entire plane, and due to paint on it it had to fly on half its speed due to temps,g force etc.
    as pressure temps and everything else constantly changes on aircraft from freezing to insane hot. granted might not be so extreme on something like cesna but anything above to many variables.
  12. Ready

    Ready Ready To Go

    Aug 4, 2014
    Here is an article for you on wrapping planes. In the article there is the website for this company. ( www.planevinyl.com ) This is the google search link with more... http://tinyurl.com/wjowk6h

    Bob P

  13. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    Middleburg, Florida
    I have been doing paint patterns for large aircraft for years. Fed ex, military, even the president of Malawi for a local company here at Cecil Air Field. It used to be a Navy base, we had three here at one time, now we have two. It was also the emergency landing for the shuttle program because of the length of the runway. The only vinyl I have ever cut for them was for the interior areas of plane. Warning labels em exits, etc. All exterior graphics were paint with exception of temporary tail id's for use while plane was being moved between hangars as you cannot have an unmarked plane on tarmac, period. I would avoid putting any kind of vinyl on exterior of any type of aircraft just so I could sleep at night. I'm willing to bet 3m has a program for it but I would stay clear personally.
  14. Scrathcy

    Scrathcy New Member

    Sep 19, 2019
    Thanks Everyone.. I hear you all. There are a few videos on Youtube of companys wrapping Big Passenger jets, certanily looks easy enough, but yea that insurance will probably be a killer. Discovered 3M will only sell their specialty product for planes to trained and certified by them for aviation..
    Thanks for all your ideas, but I have to admit I am tempted to persue the Certification.. I wonder what it costs and how do you get certified if you arnt doing it? Chicken - Egg thing.. Hmm
  15. Hmm, Well I have installed vinyl on 2 planes. They were both prop planes so was never really concerned with the engine. I was however a bit concerned it might come off and jam in the rudders (not sure if that's the correct term lol). I assuming if you can't turn or go up or down you're gonna have a bad day. They were very insistent that I do it, so I just did. Haven't heard from the pilots in regards to any issues. So that's a good thing ....or a really bad thing. ;)
  16. Rick Tennyson

    Rick Tennyson Member

    Sep 14, 2019
    Get certified, make lots of $ and be happy!!
    I say go for it!
  17. shoresigns

    shoresigns Very Active Member

    Nov 1, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    I'd say either go all-in and make aircraft wraps a part of your business, or pass on the job. Doesn't sound worthwhile as a one-off job.

    First thing I'd do is talk to my insurance agent to see what they recommend (as others have suggested).
  18. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    buffalo ny
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  19. karst41

    karst41 Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Stone Mountain, GA
    I have a FAA Mechanics License, and you better keep you hands off airplanes unless you have been trained and certified to do anything. FAA 575XXX
    You will need to be working under a FAA Mechanic, as he / she will be signing off
    the work.

    Now the issue of Exacto Knifes touching an Aircraft make everybody's blood boil
    the skin of an Airplane is a T designation for CLAD.
    When the aluminum panels are extruded a very very thin layer of pure aluminum
    is clad to the exterior surface to prevent erosion of the aluminum.
    You can not write on the aluminum with a pencil. even writing very lightly will
    cut through the clad. yes it is that thin and fragile.
    You use a grease pencil for the markings.

    Now back in the old days the problem was air cabin pressure leaking out and blowing off chunks of vinyl and the engine sucking it through. or of it hangs on the blades the blades are now out of balance.

    In 1990 the first roll of Aviation vinyl that I bought was a 3m product.
    It had a small Pin Hole every square inch. Cost was $2300 24" x 50 yds
    The presiding A&P recorded the weights entered into the logs and signed off.
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  20. De.signs Nanaimo

    De.signs Nanaimo Member

    Nov 25, 2010
    I agree, become an expert in a product or service first, then offer it for sale, it keeps profit margins high!

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