Just as any metal object is susceptible to corrosion damage, rust is a serious problem for seaplanes and other aircrafts. Depending on a plane's environment and durability, typically if left untreated, corrosion can severely limit its potential and lifespan. Seaplanes in particular are most at risk for corrosion damage, unless their owners are proactive about identifying potential weaknesses for rust to occur.
According to the Aviation Safety Bureau, a few areas of the plane most prone to corrosion damage include: bulkheads, water entrapment areas, cooling air vents, battery compartments, wing flap, bilge areas, and landing gear. The best way to prevent rust build up on any aircraft is to limit its extended exposure to moisture.
This effort is made extremely difficult for seaplanes, which operate in water-based environments. Though most modern planes are made with corrosion-resistant metals and inhibitors, there are plenty of ways airplane owners can go above and beyond to keep them corrosion free.
After any use, rinsing and cleaning airplanes to remove any moisture or seawater build up will stop the spread of corrosion. Furthermore, any paint that is chipped, peeling or in need of repair should be repainted and addressed. Applying industrial-grade, water-resistant substances to the aircraft will also keep susceptible areas free from moisture. If there is extreme weather, owners should make sure that their aircraft is under shelter and covered up to avoid getting wet. Though the spot should be well ventilated to avoid mildew or prolonged moisture accumulation.
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