Our comprehensive process helps ensure the vision you have for your aircraft becomes a reality
With over 30 years of experience working with a wide variety of aircraft, CAIP is one of the leading companies in aircraft interior refurbishment. We will work with you to discuss the entire process of refurbishing your aircraft's interior, as well as help you choose from the finest leathers, fabrics, and carpets for your aircraft. The following is an outline of our refurbishment process:
- Seats are stripped to the frame and re-constructed with a new canvas underlay. The seat frame is then painted with custom-made paint to match the color scheme, and foam is fitted to the desired shape & firmness. The seat is then covered with leather in your choice of color, double stitched, in any seat style desired.
- Seat belts are removed and sent off to be re-webbed in a color to match color scheme.
- Headliner is stripped and prepped and any repairable cracks will be fixed. The headliner is then reupholstered with ultra-leather in your choice of color.
- Window Panels (plastic panels surrounding windows) are stripped and prepped and any repairable cracks will be fixed. The panels are then reupholstered with ultra-leather in your choice of color.
- Side Panels are stripped and prepped, then reupholstered in leather or a combination of leather and fabric. Some planes such as the Cessna 172 and 210 have a portion of carpet at the bottom of side panel that will also be included.
- Carpet is removed throughout cabin and the floor is cleaned and prepped for new 100% nylon/wool carpeting, inlcuiding carpet underlay padding.
Aircraft will be inspected upon arrival, throughout the process, and at completion to insure all components are reinstalled in accordance with FAA Regulations.
ALL MATERIALS WILL INCLUDE FIRE-BLOCKING CERTIFICATION; and a log book entry will be provided upon completion with paper work.
Chino Aircraft Interior & Paint's comprehensive process includes absolute removal of all existing paint and corrosion. We provide the finest workmanship in aircraft painting and utilizes state-of-the-art materials to allow for a superior finish as well as unsurpassed durability and corrosion control. The following represents a partial list of materials and procedures used:
- Aircraft is thoroughly inspected and evaluated by senior management staff and a refinishing plan is established coordinating the owner’s specifications and requests.
- Complete disassembly of all removable components. All windows, glass, plastic, boots, antennas and delicate parts, etc. are covered with heavy grade aluminum foil tape to insure protection throughout the aircraft painting process. Removal of control surfaces, inspection covers, fairings, moldings etc. to be painted separately.
- As an E.P.A. compliant for chemical stripping we use only aircraft-grade chemicals, which have been stabilized to prevent corrosion to aircraft aluminum. This is the safest way to remove existing paint. Sandblasting is never used. Absolutely no residue will remain in or on aircraft. Every rivet line, seam, and edge receives added steps to insure that even the smallest amount of paint is removed and that absolutely all corrosion is completely eliminated.
- Acid etch of all aluminum done by hand, not with "fogger" - super cleaning of the aluminum. Immediately after etch application of Alodine conversion coating for corrosion control and to allow superior adhesion of primer. If all preparation after alodine and before primer is not completed within 72 hours, the entire aircraft is re-alodined.
- Up to 8 hours labor for dent filling and/or corrosion repair, if any, is provided as part of the base price. As either dents or corrosion may be undetectable until aircraft is stripped.
- Two coats epoxy primer with zinc chromate interbonded, is used to provide the finest corrosion control possible. In some applications, a filler primer may be recommended.
- Fiberglass parts are refinished to "like new" appearance, or replaced if necessary.
- Jet Glo / Acry Glo (Imron at additional cost) aircraft paint is applied as a final finish. Three (3) full coats are applied rather than the common industry standard of two (2) coats. This additional application results in a better appearance and a more long-lasting and durable finish. These are the premier aircraft paints, giving a beautiful “wet look” and affording maximum durability.
- Color striping is done by our own special design technician leaving crisp, clean lines
- Computer generated masks are used for N #s, resulting in a superior appearance. Outlining and shadowing is available at a reasonable charge.
- Control surfaces are balanced using factory specified equipment and specifications.
- Reassembly using stainless steel screws on inspection panels. Maintains new appearance and eliminates sources of corrosion when covers are removed in the future. New 1/4 turn cowl fasteners are offered at an additional charge.
- A&P - licensed technicians check aircraft and logbook entries are made.