Base Coat and Paint, Striping, Livery and Clear Coat Application: Paint Stripes and Decorative Livery

Painting Stripes and Decorative Livery

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As a global leader in professional aircraft painting solutions, 3M supplies a world-class selection of OEM-specified paint masking products and paint application equipment for creating sharp stripes, sweeping curves and other eye-catching designs for distinctive aircraft paint schemes and livery. Among these tapes, masking papers, masking films and plastic sheeting you’ll find a blend of features to meet virtually any aircraft masking and painting challenge.


Featured Products

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    3M™ Vinyl Tape 471

    For a bright colored tape that stretches where you need it, stays put on rough surfaces, yet removes easily, look to 3M Vinyl Tape 471. Use it for lane and safety marking, temporary surface protection, anodizing and electroplating, color coding, sealing, reinforcing, decorating and more. Faster and less expensive than paint, it comes in a variety of bright colors – all highly abrasion resistant, so it keeps its color in the most trafficked locations.

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    3M™ Vinyl Tape 471+

    Thin, stretchable and extremely conformable, 3M™ Vinyl Tape 471+ is excellent for applications requiring sharp, fine paint lines and ideal for aircraft striping and livery. This paint masking tape is formulated to hold stretched positions without allowing bleed-through, and removes cleanly without ghosting, even after 30-minute bake cycles up to 250°F/121°C.


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Additional Masking Products

  • Scotch® Fine Line Tape 218

    This high-performance polypropylene plastic tape is excellent for creating crisp, sharp paint lines, even when you’re painting long, continuous patterns either straight or in sweeping curves. It is often used as a layout tape for high value multi-color and custom painted graphics.

  • 3M™ High Performance Green Masking Tape 401+

    Use this universally-known industrial masking tape for consistently sharp paint lines, even around corners and contours. It resists surface temperatures up to 250°F/121°C for as long as 30 minutes.

  • 3M™ Paint Masking Tape 231/231A

    This crepe paper masking tape was created specifically for aerospace applications. It bonds well to aircraft surfaces and removes in one piece without slivering even following multiple bake cycles.

  • 3M™ Hand-Masker™ Advanced Masking Film

    Our most flake-resistant film for multi-coat paint applications, this 3M masking film is great for trim masking as well as dust and overspray containment indoors and out.

  • 3M™ Plastic Sheeting

    3M engineered this wide protective plastic sheeting with a light static cling that keeps it in place. It is very easy to cut and very easy to handle – in fact, one person can usually apply it without assistance.

  • 3M™ Masking Paper

    Featuring our trusted Scotch® and Scotchblok™ brands, our selection of masking paper is excellent for a wide range of aircraft masking applications. Masking papers are designed specifically to prevent fiber contamination and bleed-through of solvents and other coatings in aircraft painting. They are specially treated for resistance to chemicals and bake-cycle heat.


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Safety Products


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Facility Surface Protection Products


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  • Please ensure products meet all applicable specifications, standards, and maintenance manual requirements for the platform being worked on and validate all aircraft approvals against current technical documentation.
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