My wife hated the color scheme – orange on orange just wasn’t her thing, but we use the plane for transportation, and how it looks has always been a secondary concern. As long as it was well-maintained and flew well then we were fine. As an added bonus we figured an ugly plane was the last plane to be broken into when we were traveling.
The problem is that the remaining paint just wasn’t adhering to the plane the way it should. Each flight seemed to lose a few more flakes, and flights that involved rain sometimes knocked off square inches of paint. So we asked around and got good reviews for the paint shop on the field 10 miles north of my home field, Southeast Aircraft Painting. The quote they gave us was $3,000 to fix the leading edges, or $8,900 to paint the entire plane. After thinking it through, biting the bullet and getting the complete plane painted made the most sense.
Any paint scheme you want is available – the painter free-hands it, and generally recommends choosing a factory color scheme as a starting point. The 2007 factory Cessna scheme is the one we chose, with colors we chose from a set of swatches
What I paid for (and received) was a good paint job at a good price, by a company that’s been doing this for 35 years and has a lot of fans.
I hate that I needed to spend the money on a paint job, but I’m very happy with the results.
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