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To paint an airplane hangar takes considerable skill and craftsmanship. Some can be modestly-sized, and somewhat easier to tackle; but many hangars are large structures with odd angles, requiring an experienced crew of painters and very detailed planning. Hangars are typically made of commercial steel—that is,  structural steel and steel siding. With this type of material, acrylic paints are preferred since they will produce longer lasting results. 


Hangars are under FAA rules and regulations, so a painting contractor will need to be familiar with all security and safety procedures, and any other federal or state laws that might apply. Communication with airport officials is essential.

Take safety striping for instance. With planes constantly coming in and out of hangars and airports, certain guidelines will be in place dictating exactly how and where the striping should appear and the type of coating that is to be used. 

Fire protectant coatings, also called intumescent coatings, can be applied to the interior and exterior of hangars as well. This type of coating can prevent the spread of fires by creating a layer of insulating char when the structure is exposed to high temperatures. In other words, it won't conduct heat. This will protect not only the hangar, but the plane and other expensive aviation equipment.

Hangars will have concrete floors, which should feature epoxy coatings. It can be simply functional (to keep it clean and dirt/grime), or decorative, with an airline or airport logo, for a couple of examples.

If you have any other questions regarding the painting of airplane hangars, give us a call at 888.334.2462 or email us at

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