Can you apply a paint used for the exterior of car to the body and wings of a passenger airplane? If no, please explain why? How do the paints used differ?

  • This sounds like a question for @JonanthanMusso Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 13:15
  • The short answer is yes, but with a whole bunch of important considerations. This would best be asked in a forum about aircraft. Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 16:26
  • An airliner encounters much more (and harder) UV light and many temperature cycles from below -50°C to... wherever it lands. This puts much more stress on the paint of an airliner that on that of a car. I guess they have some other paint.
    – sweber
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 18:02
  • Did you know there is an Aviation.SE? They would know more about aircraft paint. Weight and temperature extremes are much more important for a plane, so my gut says automotive paint is not suitable for a plane.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 14:23
  • Please migrate this question there if you feel it's more appropriate in aviation.
    – nk379
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 19:40

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Paints that are used for aircraft are different as they need to sustain changing temperature etc. Also it is very thick, usually 12 mm (.5 inch).

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