September 26, 2012
PPG Aerospace custom coatings used on UK Royal Air Force FSTA jets
PPG Industries’ aerospace coatings group has developed a “green” selectively-strippable coatings system for Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport jets, ordered by the U.K. Royal Air Force under the Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) program, that combines application and performance benefits with reduced repainting time and associated costs. PPG selectively-strippable coatings systems simplify coatings removal and reapplication during repainting. The topcoat and intermediate coat are easily removed, and the primer is left intact. The aircraft is washed, and the intermediate coat and topcoat are reapplied. The system typically shortens the strip-and-repaint cycle by up to two days for this type of aircraft, according to Pascal Jungblut, PPG sales manager, Rubi, Spain.