New Paint and the Transformation from N8736Z to N206JD

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1969 Cessna P206D
N8736Z with its original paint and 2" lettering.






Stripping Old Paint off of the Aircraft



Windows are All Masked Off in Preparation for Pain.


First step is to chemically strip all of the paint from the airplane followed by etching and alodining for corrosion control. Low and behold... a dated and somewhat unattractive airplane becomes down right ugly!  In our case, we also had the original glass replaced because it was getting cloudy from age.  The shop also performed any necessary body work, replacement of loose rivets and other maintenance items.  All of the control surfaces are removed from the aircraft, as well as all fiberglass, plastic, wheel pants, etc.






Base Coats Applied



Making for the Paint Stripes


Next the plane is given a coat of two-part epoxy primer, and then 3 coats of PRC DeSoto Desothane polyurethane paint which is claimed to be the most durable paint currently available (std on Boeing and Lear).  On the right hand picture, you can see the masking tape is being applied in preparation for the trim colors.  It is very common to design a custom paint scheme when having a plane repainted.  We decided against a custom look, and asked the paint shop to reproduce the current paint scheme used on a 2003 Cessna 206.






Right Side of Nearly Completed Airplane



Left Side of Nearly Completed Airplane


The plane is nearing completion.  The striping is done on the body and the wing tips, and our custom number is painted using newer 12" numbering.  N206JD is similar to a vanity license plate for us... Jim and Debbie's 206.  At this stage, the wheel pants are still being painted, and smaller surface details are being prepared in vinyl rather than paint because a higher quality result can be obtained.  The tail will have a two-tone blue "StationAir" logo and a silver Cessna logo installed.






Finished Project!!!

It has been nearly 3 months since I have been able to fly the plane recreationally.  The sequence of events since late January included: annual inspection, new pulse light system, installation of an STEC 55X autopilot with auto-trim and altitude pre-select, and finally the new paint job...  We are anxious to be flying again!!!


Paint Shop: SunQuest Air Specialties Inc. Everett Washington, 98204 - (425)355-4516
Photos by Clayton Hammons and Jim Pappas
Web page designed by Jim Pappas

Copyright 2003 by Jim Pappas