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A big job: Painting an airliner

Associated Painters recently opened their Spokane location in a specially-designed hangar at the Spokane International Airport. It is a branch of Rod Friese’ business which started at Paine Field in Everett. The business paints airplanes, many of them airliners from Southwest or Alaska/Horizon airlines. It takes about a week to strip all the paint from the aluminum skin of the plane, then repaint it with great attention to detail.


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The crew removes paint from a Southwest Airlines jet at Associated Painters. It takes about a week to strip and repaint a large jet.


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Jack Brown, left, and George Straley, right, remove paint from the engine cowling of a Southwest Airlines 737.


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Anthony Morhardt, left, and Justin Spicer, right, remove paint from the tail of a Southwest Airlines 737.


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A Southwest Airlines 737 is being painted inside the Associated Painters hangar at the Spokane airport.


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Jeremy Cook, foreground, removes paint from a Southwest Airlines 737 along with a crew of others Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Associated Painters, a new aircraft painting business at the Spokane airport. Associated Painters was started by a group of Boeing employees as a moonlighting project.


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Rod Friese stands under the wing of a Southwest Airlines 737 being painted inside the Associated Painters hangar at the Spokane airport Thursday, July 21, 2011. Friese is a former Boeing paint shop worker who bought the business from other paint shop workers in the 1990s and has now opened a branch of the business in Spokane.

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