#10 Rating: Condition of the exterior paint is
flawless. External painted surfaces have a deep, rich, wet look. There is no
pooling, sagging, running, orange peeling, thin areas or over-spray on any
painted surfaces. Stripes and numerals are well defined with crisp lines and no
irregularities. The paint is of high quality. If a re-paint, all surfaces have
been stripped and prepared properly and consistent with the paint manufacturers
recommended application procedures. The age of the paint is two years old, or
#9 Rating: Exterior painted surfaces are almost flawless. In almost every
aspect the painted surfaces would meet the #10 rating criteria except for minor
exceptions. The paint may be over two years old but less than 5 years old if the
aircraft is tied down outside or 10 years if old if the aircraft is stored under
cover. There may be a very small amount of dust particles in the paint. There
may be a few chips in the paint under the fuselage from props slinging pebbles.
Paint looks like new and the above discrepancies are only discernible upon very
#8 Rating: Paint has a wet look with a few chipped areas under wings,
fuselage and empennage. Leading edges may show first stages of abrasion wear but
overall the paint is in very good condition and shows very well within 20 feet.
#7 Rating: Paint has a good shine with some abrasion wear on leading
surfaces but still retaining good coverage. Repainted surfaces or touched up
areas are not noticeable. The paint may be new with a limited amount of orange
peel, pooling, sags or over-spray. However, painted surfaces are well protected
and the aircraft has good eye appear.
#6 Rating: Paint is beginning to oxidize with evident abrasion wear on
leading edges. Paint is in need of a good cleaning and waxing to give it a
semi-gloss appearance. If recently painted, there may be pooling, sagging,
running or orange peeling and/or significant amount of foreign particles in
paint. Accent trim may be of poor quality, but paint overall would be adhering
well to surfaces. Overall appearance within 30 feet is fair to good.
#5 Rating: Paint is oxidizing and there may be numerous areas of chipping
on lower surfaces of aircraft. Leading edges show significant signs of abrasion
wear, but are protected by paint. Surface corrosion may be apparent on the
airframe and will affect paint because the painted surface must be stripped in
order to treat the corrosion. Overall appearance is fair within 30 feet.
#4 Rating: Consistent with all of the characteristics of #5 rating except
the aircraft will soon need repainting. Overall appearance is poor to fair and
cleaning/waxing will not significantly improve the appearance or protection of
the aircraft surfaces.
#3 Rating: Paint is poor quality, oxidized and shows excessive wear on
leading edges and control surfaces. Many chips and scratches are apparent and
overall the aircraft needs painting. However, the paint is protecting the
aircraft surfaces, but looks poor.
#2 Rating: Aircraft needs painting. No good points.
#1 Rating: Aircraft needs painting, and additional preparation of the
aircraft surfaces is required before painting. Generally consistent with
aircraft having extensive corrosion on surfaces.