why paint on airliners?

From:         pab@po.CWRU.Edu (Pete Babic)
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)
Date:         17 Jan 93 17:57:55 PST
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In a previous article, Geoff.Miller@Corp.Sun.COM (Geoff Miller) says:

>Karl Swartz writes:
>>And then there's their *big* change -- to silverish grey paint from
>>polished aluminum for those aircraft where the manufacturer insisted
>>on paint.
>Those are just the Airbuses, aren't they?  Which Airbus models does 
>American operate?

Why would a manufacturer insist on paint? Is it because of corrosion? If so,
does the quality of the metal differ from aircraft that may be left bare?

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