Watch Virgin Australia Melt Paint Off A Boeing 737 With This Magic Spray

How does Virgin Australia repaint one of its 737 passenger jets? It takes just over a week with a team of almost 20 workers to do it, and before it all kicks off, an amazing spray is applied to the fuselage that literally melts the paint off.

Way back when it first started flying between Sydney and Brisbane in 2000, Virgin Blue (as it was then known) used two 737s to ferry passengers about. Now the airline is known as Virgin Australia and it has a shiny new design. One of the last 737s with the old Virgin Blue branding went in for a facelift recently, and after 11 days, it looks brand new.

18 painters worked hard to apply 260 litres of paint to change the old Virgin Blue plane into a shiny new Virgin Australia plane, and it looks great through every stage of the transformation! In particular, the blue and white Virgin Australia logo looks amazing, as does a plain silver plane. So awesome.


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    Ummm... this magic spray wouldn't be paint stripper? Surely you have seen and used paint stripper at some stage? Its mostly dicholormethane (aka methylene chloride). Nothing magical at all.

      And the yellow paint they put on first is etch primer.

    I wonder how much fuel could be saved if planes were not painted. 260 litres of paint likely weighs around 260kg. I suppose the downside would be faster corrosion of the aluminium over time though.

      I'm fairly sure that dry paint weighs a lot less than wet paint. A lot of stuff evaporates to leave the surface behind. (Citation needed!)

      Not much considering 260kg is equivalent to the weight of about 3 people.

        Some more info on this at http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/aero_05/textonly/fo01txt.html

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