1989 PA-46 Piper Malibu – Extensive paint restoration and coating

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This 1989 PA-46 Piper Malibu was still sporting its original Vero Beach, FL Piper factory paint scheme, but Arizona sun and many flight hours had taken its toll on the paint surface. The tops of the aircraft were quite chalky and oxidized, the bottom was oily and stained with aviation fuel residue. The video below shows the process highlights along with the amazing end result.

This work was completed on site, during a long weekend, with results rivaling a new paint job, for a fraction of the cost and downtime.


This photo demonstrates the amazing turnaround our process can achieve. The right half of the wing here was repainted at some point in recent history. The chalky left half is original paint. The section of high gloss in the middle is original paint – after we restored it. It is in-fact glossier than the repainted area. We also took care of the repainted area to make sure its gloss matched that of the original paint. DSC_2971 DSC_2970

There was also considerable oxidation and staining on top of the elevator. We carefully worked around the raised rivets to restore shine to this area too.

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A few more before and afters from the vertical stabilizer.


Leaded aircraft fuel leaves some very hard to remove deposits that turn the paint cloudy and dull. The left hand side is after a thorough cleaning. The right hand side reveals the glossy paint that was hiding underneath it all.


Here we left a little square unpolished to show once again the amazing contrast before and after.

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Finished gloss shots. Again, check out the video and let us know if you have any questions or are ready to book your aircraft.