Aerospace Coatings & Finishes

FAQ




Technical, Laboratory

 

For technical support relating the application techniques, problems or compatibility of our products across various substrates please contact our Laboratory team technique@mapaero.com or call reception: 0033 5 34 01 34 01.

    1.    How to calculate the necessary amount of paint to cover the workpiece?

    ◦    Theoretical coverage is available on all our technical data sheets and gives coverage of our products in m2 per liter (Base + hardener).
    ◦    However, according to the painted piece geometry, the equipment used, and the operator, it is recommended to allow a margin of 40-60% in the actual calculation which allows for overspray, wastage or re work.


    2.    Where can I find your products specifications?

    ◦    Click on our website to the page "specifications".
    ◦    On the appropriate Technical Data Sheets
    ◦    If in Doubt, please contact your Local representative or call the head office on  0033 5 34 01 34 01

    3.    What is the product's shelf life after opening of the can?
 


In ideal conditions of storage (Please refer to the corresponding technical data sheet) opened cans can be stored 3 months for bases materials and 1 month for the hardeners.
These times are Mapaero recommendations only
In case of contact with the air or dust, the shelf life may be smaller.

    4.    Are Mapaero paints approved for use on my aircraft during maintenance?

    ◦    MAPAERO interior paint (primer & topcoat) are approved on all AIRBUS for maintenance and our waterborne primer FR4/45 is approved on all BOEING aircraft for maintenance. In case of doubt, Please verify information directly on the OEM documentation, you can also find information on our website in the specification chapter.
    ◦    MAPAERO Wheels & Brakes => MESSIER BUGATTI 737 Wheels with our chrome free primer SP350 & Topcoat XS420
    ◦    Structural repair => AIRBUS: please check your documentation

    5.    How to clean equipment after application of waterborne products?

    ◦    Cleaning products are usually specified in our technical data sheets. Regarding water-based paints, we can achieve a first cleaning with tap water immediately after application, and if necessary clean with an appropriate thinner (Please contact your local representative or the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01)

    6.    Which (top coat) products are compatible with which primer/ filler (interior / exterior)?

    ◦    Every Primer has a specific top coat recommended for optimal performance, this can normally be found on the technical data sheets provided. As a general rule we always recommend that water based and Solvent based paint systems are not mixed together , for additional information on specific combinations please contact your local representative or the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    7.    Can I get different gloss on the interiors/exteriors paints?


  ◦    We are able to deliver coatings with different gloss levels. However, cabin paints are delivered as standard in semi gloss and matt, and exterior paints are available in all gloss levels. If in any doubt please contact your local representative or the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    8.    Problem of gloss when applying

    ◦    Various causes may contribute to difference in gloss levels. The most common are: problems with the paint thickness applied, mixing ratios or mixing procedure, a gap in application procedures, substrate preparation, or even the pot life. In case of specific questions please contact your local representative or the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    9.    Problem of gloss when applying

    ◦    MAPAERO retain a painted sample (following the guidelines in our technical data sheet) of all hues delivered to customers. It will be easy to verify a difference in hue compared to the order The color differences (Delta E) authorized by MAPAERO are very strict and in accordance with manufacturers' requirements. MAPAERO is one of only two manufacturers globally authorized to deliver AIC hues (AIRBUS).

    10.    What is the advantage of the paintings in the cabin compared to decorative film?

    ◦    Cost, easy handling application, particularly on complex geometries, and opportunities for touch-ups during maintenance

    11.    What is the advantage of paintings in the cabin compared to tinted polycarbonate?

    ◦    The painting allows better control of hue and gloss

    12.    Have Mapaero paints got antimicrobial properties?


  ◦    We have specific ranges of top coat cabin paint with antimicrobial properties. For more information, please contact your local representative or the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    13.    Can paints be applied on leather or soft substrates?

    ◦    Our FLEX Fire retardant range has been developed for this purpose.

    14.    Can paintings be applied in the cabin during the maintenance?

    ◦    The use of aqueous paints is possible please check with the local rules and regulations that apply.

    15.    Can cabin paint be applied directly to metal?

    ◦    It is necessary to apply the paint on the metal cabin previously painted with an anticorrosive primer paint
Adhesion to metals can be improved by the use of an appropiate primer , this may be a non chomated primer if corrosion proection is not necesarry please  contact your local representative or contact the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    16.    Can touch up repairs be made using a brush or roller ?

    ◦    Yes although retouching with brush may be visible depending on the hue and the agility of the painter

 

Samples / color matching

The Mapaero team can match and create bespoke colours on request, this might be for a single VIP aircraft or a complete fleet overhaul. For colour matching send a sample to our head office at; 10 Avenue De La Rijole, Pamiers, 09100 France or contact your local representative

    1.    Is it possible to reproduce colors (with or without effects) from other manufacturers and how long it takes?


It is possible to color match all opaque colours in all our ranges of finishes. For special effects such as (-Pearlescent or metalalics color matching will be possible under certain technical please contact your local representative or contact the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    2.    What is the necessary information to color match?

    ◦    In order to achieve a successful color matching, please send us a requirement as accurately as possible (gloss, texture, environmental requirements, details on the location of the part to be painted, qualified product needed, level of accuracy on the hue,...). For this purpose, a color matching request form is at your disposal.

    3.    What is the standard size of a MAPAERO color sample?

    ◦    The color sample format is 105mm x 150mm, supplied labelled with its unique Part Number and colour reference, provided in a presentation case

    4.    Are the special effects available in waterborne and in solvent?

    ◦    Historically solvent technologies have allowed more possibilities in complex effects, but Mapaero have many new technologies in water based paints that can be used to obtain certain special effects please contact your local representative or contact the head office on : 0033 5 34 01 34 01

    5.    What is the accuracy of color guaranteed by MAPAERO?

    ◦    As standard, we replicate the color samples with a Delta E variance of 0.7

    6.    What is the lead time to achieve a color sample?


  ◦    The lead time for achieving a color sample depends on the number of hues to match and the complexity of the hue, typically about 5 days from receipt of samples. 

    7.    Can I send any type of materials to color match (all sizes)?

    ◦    It is recommended to send us items (regardless of the material) no smaller than 5 cm x 5 cm. 

    8.    Are applications possible on special effects?

    ◦    In general, touching  up are hard on special effects, when choosing special effects for a program, especially one with multiple ship sets it is advised to discuss the program with your local representative. 

 SALES

    1.   How to get a customer account opening form if I am a new client?

Our Sales Department will send an account opening form to register as a new customer and facilitate future exchanges.
To contact our sales department, please call 0033 (0)5 34 01 34 01 or send an email at sales@mapaero.com.

    2.    How to get pricing, lead times, and quotations?


Our Sales Office is available for any enquires about prices and lead time. Our lead time is usually 5 working days between the receipt of an order and the departure of the products.
About pricing, a phone or email quotation could be provided after the collection of necessary information to create your customer account.
To contact our sales department, please call 0033 (0)5 34 01 34 01 or send an email at sales@mapaero.com.
 

    3.    How to get Technical Data Sheets?


Data sheets for all of our products are available on our website.
You can also submit a request to our sales department which will send it to you by mail or fax into the desired language.
To contact our sales department, please call 0033 (0)33 0 5 34 01 or send an email at sales@mapaero.com.


    4.    Can we pay by credit card?


Yes, just contact our sales department at + 33 (0) 5 34 01 34 01


    5.    How to find MSDS? 


MSDS contain confidential information and therefore we cannot do give free access.
Please, make a request on our website, HYPERLINK "mailto: sales@mapaero.com" sales@mapaero.com. Once the access allowed, you can consult them freely.
Some complex products have a longer period.
In order to be sure of the lead time, contact our sales department, please call 0033 (0)5 34 01 34 01 or send an email at sales@mapaero.com.
 


    6.    Are your prices sliding scale?


Most of our products have a price per quantity.
Please contact our Sales Office which will give you the price corresponding to the quantity of products you need.
 

    7.    What do you mean by 'lead time'? 


Our lead time is calculated from the time when we receive the order and the provision for removal.
We sell ex works but offer transport solutions, the delivery time will depend on the solution of transport chosen by our customers.

    8.    Where are the Mapaero products manufactured?


We are manufacturers; therefore all the products that we dispatch are manufactured into our factory of Pamiers in southwestern France near Toulouse

    9.    Are touch up kits available for FRS40 Top coats ? 


The touch up kits for FRS40 interior top coats cabin are under development.  Currently the smallest packaging is 1kg.


    10.    Which products are sold in touch-up kits?


Products that we currently offer in touch up kits are for aircraft structures (P60-A Primer, F70-A Top Coat, F69 Direct Adhesion Top Coat). Also for cabin interior (FR2-55) These kits contain 45ml of product are very easy to use.


    11.     What is the shelf life of your touch-up kits? 


The shelf life of our touch-up kits is 12 months for structure products.


    12.    How to get the specification type AIMS, IPS or others?


We cannot communicate information concerning AIMS or IPS which are confidential documents from the manufacturers. If required, please contact your Quality Department.


    13.    Do you have stock in China, in the United States or somewhere else?


Various retailers, including in the United States, China, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Russia have some stock. please check the contacts of our distributors on the interactive map on our website


    14.    What is your lead time?


Our standard lead time is 5 working days and we provide an emergency process (AOG) of your orders within 3 working days maximum.


    8.    Who are your main clients?


We have customers all over the world. Our mains customers are aircraft manufacturers ,Airbus Group, Bombardier, Embraer, Daher Socata, Boeing, as well as major subcontractors (AEROLIA PREMIUM SPIRIT, GE ...) Airlines and aircraft maintenance centers.
 



Logistics



    1.    What is the address of delivery and collection?


Our Expeditions Service is at the following address:


Rue Hélène Boucher
09100 Pamiers
 


Our schedules are:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


    2.    Transportation issues:


We can arrange transportation and provide a quote.
Please contact j.bonnemaison@mapaero.com or 00 33 (0)5 34 01 39 47
 


Accounting
 

 

    1.    For issues of accounts payable / accounts receivable: please contact t.marc@mapaero.com or 00 33 (0)5 34 01 39 43