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Old 05-04-2021, 07:32 PM
agent4573 agent4573 is offline
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Default West Coast Painters

Looking for a recommendation to get our RV painted. It's not flying yet, but we're hoping to get on a wait list for early next year. Located in the Bay Area, willing to travel most of the west coast for a good paint job. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:37 PM
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ArtCraft in Santa Maria.
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

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Old 05-04-2021, 09:23 PM
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There's a shop in Salinas. I forget their name.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:38 PM
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ArtCraft did a good job at a good price on my RV7a last summer. They did a lot of fiberglass finishing that would have taken me forever to do well. I did disassembly and reassembly. Plan on a date at drop off and two days at pickup.

They repeatedly slipped the completion date. I understand this has happened to many other customers. I would recommend some clause in your contract with an incentive to finish on time and a penalty for delay. Keep at least 40% of the fee due on delivery.

I had to inspect closely and ask for touch up in several places. It came out gorgeous in the end.

I would go with them again.

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Old 05-04-2021, 10:05 PM
agent4573 agent4573 is offline
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Originally Posted by BobTurner View Post
There's a shop in Salinas. I forget their name.
T&P Aero refinishers?

For the guys recommending art craft, any chance you can post pictures of the plane or any other details? How long did they have it, type of work done, and if your willing to share publicly or privately the cost that would be awesome.
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Old 05-05-2021, 05:30 AM
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Kracon at KLHM. David did mine and others that look great.
RV-9A N435KR, Vans calendar March 2018
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Old 05-05-2021, 05:42 AM
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I would not take my plane to arts and craft. My airplane was there for 2 months past the due date. There are a lot things to get touched up from the post paint inspection but I am afraid of taking it I and getting stuck. Also I sent my nose wheel pants in on January 4 of this year four a little bit of fiberglass and repaint to this date I have not got it back yet its been five months. So you make your decision this is my two cents
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2018- RV9a at KWHP
1959- C-150 at KMOD
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Old 05-05-2021, 07:05 AM
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Saw several RVs painted at ArtCraft while building in SoCal. After moving to GA, flew mine back for them to paint it. On schedule and best price from FL to CA. Have received many compliments. Received an Outstanding Workmanship award at Sun n Fun 2019. They dont give em out just for nice paint, but it helps. 600+ hours and 3 years and still satisfied. Good luck.
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Built in SoCal KCCB, now in GA @ KPXE
780+ Hours & 7X cross the USA
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Old 05-05-2021, 07:59 AM
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Cascade Custom Design - Bend, OR

Outstanding high quality professional work in a reasonable time frame!
I had my RV-7 painted there last November. I flew the plane in 'raw'. I disassembled it myself in their heated hangar. Did not have to remove the wings which saved a lot of time. Upon completion within 30 days, I returned and spent 2 days re-assembling the plane and flew it out.

Kudos to Stephan and crew!!
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Old 05-05-2021, 08:02 AM
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Cardan in Red Bluff, CA
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