Not all aircraft paint is made equal. There are many different types of aircraft paint, some of which are designed for specific parts. Propeller coating paint, for instance, is designed for propellers. If you’re building or planning to build a propeller airplane, you should consider using it. Propeller coating paint offers several benefits that make it a smart investment.
Protection From Rust and Corrosion
Propeller coating paint offers protection from rust and corrosion. Most airplane propellers are made of steel, aluminum or composite materials. Depending on the specific material from which a propeller is made, it may succumb to rust or corrosion. Exposure to moisture will trigger oxidation that degrades the propeller. With propeller coating paint, though, rust and corrosion aren’t a concern. It will provide a protective layer over the surface of the propeller, thereby protecting the underlying material or materials from oxidation.
Protection From Heat
In addition to rust and corrosion, propeller coating protection offers protection from heat. Propellers are often located near engines. After all, engines are responsible for turning them. Therefore, airplanes are typically designed with their propeller or propellers directly in front of their engines. Because of their close proximity to the airplane’s engines, propellers are exposed to heat.
Extreme heat can damage most aircraft components — and propellers are no exception. Fortunately, there are ways to protect an airplane’s propellers from heat-related damage, such as applying propeller coating paint. Propeller coating paint is heat resistant up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
You don’t have to wait several days for propeller coating paint to dry. Assuming you choose an epoxy-based variety, it will dry very quickly. Epoxy-based propeller coating paint typically dries within two hours. Once dried, you can then apply a second coat for additional protection.
Functions as a Paint Adhesive
Another benefit of propeller coating paint is its ability to function as a paint adhesive. In other words, you can paint over it. Propeller coating paint is only available in a few basic colors, such as black. You can still achieve other colors, however, by painting over it. Just apply one or more layers of propeller coating paint, after which you can paint over it to achieve a new and different color.
Propeller coating paint is easy to apply. It doesn’t require any brushes, rollers or other tools. While there are different varieties, most propeller coating paint comes in spray bottles. You can spray it directly on the propeller.