Listed below are the questions and answers most commonly asked about Aeroprint™.
IX. Is there a weight savings by using Aeroprint™ instead of veneer?
Yes. Since Aeroprint™ is applied directly to the substrate, you will save the weight of the veneer. To be more exact the following comparison can be made:
Most veneers have a weight of either 4oz./sq. ft. or 3oz./ sq. ft., depending on the thickness of the veneer ordered. The application of the veneer requires a layer of glue to be added between the substrate and the veneer This adds weight!. Once the veneer has been applied to the substrate, a sealer coat is normally applied. This again adds weight. Once the sealer coat is applied, numerous clear coats are applied to arrive at the finished surface. We have found that less coats of clear are required for Aeroprint™ than for veneer.
To apply Aeroprint™, either the surface has to be in a condition to accept the Aeroprint™ or a filler coat must be applied. The filler coat weight is dependent upon the amount of irregularities in the Nomex panel. The degree of porosity, telescoping of core, irregularities in panel flatness are all factors that determine the amount of filler primer required to obtain a good surface. AAI can produce flat or curved panels with a special skin that is ready for Aeroprint™ decoration. The weight of this special skin adds between 2-½ and 3 oz. per 32 sq. ft. of area, as compared to the weight of a standard two ply 4’ x 8’ panel.
The added weight of Aeroprint™ to an acceptable surface is approximately 22grams/sq. ft. (includes base coat, ink and three coats of clear, buffed).
VIII. If an interior is decorated in Aeroprint™ and the interior has been installed, say for years, is it like veneer and the entire interior has to come out of the plane and be totally sanded and refinished or stripped, new veneer installed and refinished?
No! This is the beauty of Aeroprint™. The Aeroprint™ installed years ago will match exactly to the Aeroprint™ installed today. Therefore, only the badly worn or damaged components need to be re-Aeroprint™ed and the good components cleaned, buffed and re-installed. This is a considerable savings!
VII. If the Aeroprint™ part is severely damaged and must be returned to the factory to be repaired, is the time and cost to repair the same as veneer?
No! Less cost and less time.
VI. Can Aeroprint™ be repaired in the field?
Yes. Basically, the repair is the same as a veneer covered part.
V. Is Aeroprint™ stain resistant and cleanable?
What is the cost of Aeroprint™, and is it “cheaper” than wood veneer?
This is a difficult question to answer because there are many factors that affect the answer. Some of these factors are as follows:
(a) What is the labor rate for the facility installing the veneer?
(b) How efficient is the facility installing the veneer?
(c) What is the cost of the veneer? (There is a wide spread of dollars between the different types of veneer).
(d) What is the shape and size of the piece to be decorated?
Generally speaking, Aeroprint™ is 10% to 30% less cost than veneer. Aeroprint™ prices are dependant upon the number of parts, the profile of the parts, and size of the parts to be decorated.
III. Is Aeroprint™ solvent resistant?
Once again, the durability of Aeroprint™, like veneer, rests in the polyurethane clear coat that is applied.
Below are the results of our solvent resistance testing.
How durable is Aeroprint™?
The durability of Aeroprint™, like veneer, rest in the polyurethane clear coat that is applied.
Below are the results of tests conducted on aluminum panels with the Aeroprint™ process applied and finished with three coats of polyurethane clear coat.