Plastic coat for planes

Published: Thursday 31 July 1997

A thin polymer film with a pressure-sensitive adhesive would be used as a coating for US fighter planes. This is meant to replace the conventional paint which adds to the weight of the aircraft. Developed jointly by Boeing and 3M, the film, called appliqu, can be peeled off when a plane's colours need to be changed. The new coating is far quicker to apply than conventional paint as the aircraft do not have to be taken to a paint shop, say the developers. The use of paint strippers harmful to the environment can also be avoided by the use of appliqu.

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