May I hangar my aircraft outside?|
Of course you may!
Storing your aircraft outside is a better trade-off with our wood and fabric structure than with a metal or composite one. You do not like leaving your car outside, do you? But if you have to, the paint will just look less glossy somewhat earlier, and whether the structure is metal or wood does not change this fact because the paint is the same!
But corrosion-wise, wood and fabric is just the best structure to have: no corrosion at all, no moisture either (actually, if you hangar it, the moisture will get in if the hangar is not ventilated or the plane flown on a regular basis!).
What about snow and ice?
Well, you should use aircraft covers, weather demanding! Just like any good metal or composite aircraft owner! Now, if the ice came on you by surprise, you may use:
AeroShell Compound 07. Or any chemically equivalent product.
For the rare need to de-ice the wing and tail, the modern polyurethane paint is adequate protection of the aircraft structure (fabric and wood). The procedure is to use the least fluid possible, applied with no force and no pressure. Fluid should NOT be sprayed into the fuselage or wing where the controls exit.
In our experience de-icing (de-frosting) small personal airplanes, a sponge and a bucket (and insulated rubber gloves!) are used - no high temperature, and no high-pressure spray. The only goal is to remove the frost and ice, with no mechanical abrasion.
Think of our airplane paint as automotive paint, and the de-icing fluid as automotive windshield cleaning solution. They are compatible. If the paint seal is compromised by cracking or flaking, avoid introducing de- ice fluid there.
Take care with the acrylic canopy (Perspex, Plexiglas, Lucite, etc).
If your airplane has serious, heavy, ice coating, it should be placed in a heated hangar until clean!
Our recommendation does not include environmental or poison concerns, just the airplane safety.