Finishing Systems for Naval Aircraft
This article describes the protective coatings technology used in naval aircrafts. It reviews the future needs and trends of the protective coatings technology based on advancing technology, environmental concerns, and operational requirements. The article discusses the standard finishing systems for aircrafts: the surface pretreatment system, primer, topcoat, advanced-performance topcoat, self-priming topcoat, and specialty coatings. It presents safe compliant solutions to environmental problems associated with the protective coatings technology. These solutions include the use of environmental regulations and hazardous materials, nonchromated pretreatments, waterborne technology, high-solids technology, and touch-up paints. The article also deals with the use of electrodeposition coatings, powder coatings, adhesive films, paint application equipment, and non-chromated sealants in the protective coatings technology.