Sherwin Coating ‘One Week Wonder’ Aircraft

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022

The Sherwin-Williams Company will be painting the airplane design scheme chosen by aviation enthusiasts at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture convention in July for its "One Week Wonder" project. In the event’s 69th year, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 will be held from July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

According to the EAA, the goal of the One Week Wonder project is to build a kit aircraft during the week of AirVenture, with attendees getting hands-on experience by pulling a rivet on the aircraft. This year’s aircraft is a Sonex Waiex from Sonex Aircraft, powered by a Rotax 912iS engine.

EAA reports that this year’s project will begin the morning of Monday, July 25, with a goal to taxi the airplane on July 31. Volunteer builders will be joined by AirVenture attendees and become part of the builder’s log for the aircraft.

“What’s fun about the One Week Wonder project is not only the challenge of building an airplane in a week, but engaging aviation enthusiasts in the project, whether they’re on-site in Oshkosh or voting on the paint design from anywhere in the world,” said Charlie Becker, EAA’s Homebuilt Community Manager. “The winning paint design will undoubtedly make this airplane stand out even more as it takes flight.”

Ten design options were created by Craig Barnet, CEO of Scheme Designers Inc. of Cresskill, New Jersey. The first round of voting closed on June 15, narrowing the 10 candidates down to three finalists. Attendees at the event will be able to vote in-person for their favorite at the One Week Wonder booth.

The completed aircraft will be painted with Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings. In previous years, Sherwin has provided its SKYscapes General Aviation basecoat clearcoat and topped with its SKYscapes GA Clearcoat CM0855CC3. The 2018 color scheme included colors Snow White, Indian Silver Pearl, Azure Sapphire Pearl and Cobalt Blue Metallic. 

While the Pick the Paint Poll is closed for voting, the potential paint schemes for the plane can still be viewed here. The winning paint scheme will be announced on Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

Recent Aircraft Liveries

In March of this year, German paint manufacturer Mankiewicz Coating Solutions and aircraft painting and exterior coatings specialist MAAS Aviation teamed up to paint a plane to match the owner’s Bentley.

“The aircraft’s owner had something unique in mind — he wanted his plane painted to match his luxury car,” wrote MAAS in its release. “The colorimetry specialists at Mankiewicz Coating Solutions accepted the challenge and recreated the exact color tones of the exquisite vehicle.”

To achieve this, the team color matched the tones, tested them together and then worked out the ideal application process. Matching the car, the plane livery features blue and brown tones that blend into a color gradient of rose gold.

However, MAAS noted that there were challenges when completing the task, including that the special livery had to be hand-painted rather than automated and that the aircraft had to be airborne again in a very short time. The companies used a high-performance aircraft coating system to withstand harsh conditions in flight operations. Additionally, special livery coating uses glittering micas and a high-gloss finish.

In May, German leisure airline Condor released the designs for its new brand identity, including striped plane livery in five colors inspired by parasols, bath towels and beach chairs. The aircraft will initially feature five colors in a striped pattern, including yellow (“sunshine”), red (“passion”), blue (“sea”), green (“island”) and beige (“beach”). Condor says that the colors stand for the diversity of its guests, employees and the “opportunities to discover the world” with the airline.

According to the airline, their logo, which will be featured on the tail unit of the aircraft, has also received a facelift. The condor signet in a circle reportedly goes back to one of Germany’s’ most influential designers, Otl Aicher, and has now been given finer and more dynamic lines.

Additionally, the letter is more compact and in lowercase, making the word more independent and consistent with the image. This will also appear in high-contrast black on the fuselage of the aircraft.

The design was unveiled in Toulouse with the first A330neo in green stripes, which is expected to take off in the fall. The first Condor aircraft to be on route with the design, an Airbus A321 in yellow stripes, reportedly flew to Lanzarote on April 5.

Around 80% of the fleet is expected to be repainted by 2024, with Condor noting that new paint jobs were due anyway, taking the opportunity to redesign its brand identity and fleet. Masala said that the livery painting adds only about 6.6 pounds, with a low impact on fuel consumption.


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