Case Study
We’re Taking Surface Protection to New Heights
Reduced Drag using Aviation Ceramic Coating

Overview
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Introduced to Glidecoat back in 2013, Kamal now has had two of his aircraft protected with our aviation ceramic coating. He recently visited Opa-Locka Executive Airport and considering the close proximity to our office in West Palm Beach, FL, we co-ordinated our team to complete the aviation ceramic coating application.

Goals

  • Reduced drag
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Pride of Ownership
Aircraft Brand:
Cirrus SR22
Length Overall:
22'
Location
Opa-Locka, FL
Challenge
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While applying a ceramic coating to an aircraft may seem straightforward, you must be aware of FAA regulations on specific areas on the aircraft to avoid and leave untouched. On the wings of the aircraft, you will note tiny holes specifically for deicing fluids, which you must avoid at all costs.

The aircraft sitting at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport before the Glidecoat application. As you will note in the photo, the aircraft was in great condition before applying our protective aviation ceramic coating.
Before starting the preparation and application steps of our aviation ceramic coating, the gloss meter readings registered at 86.2.
The Process
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The Glidecoat Professional Ceramic Coating process requires an extreme level of attention to detail and Glidecoat Certified Professionals must touch all of the surfaces several times. As you can imagine, this is not only time consuming but results in increased costs when compared to other services like a buff and wax.

For this particular project, an aircraft presents the unique challenge of touching every section of the aircraft including beneath the wings, under the cockpit, etc. From this experience, we learned how much longer a 22' aircraft is compared to a 22' center console boat.

As shown from the before photos, Kamal has kept his aircraft in great shape and only required us to complete one step with our medium nano compound to all of the surface.

One of the advantages with our medium nano compound is the great finish and shine to the surface before our aviation ceramic coating application.

Once the shine of the surface has been restored, we use our Surface Wipe decontaminate followed by two coats of our ceramic coating.

In total, the project took 45 hours to complete and for comparisons purposes, this is nearly the same amount of time we would spend on a 35 - 40' boat.

The Result
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Amazing job by the Glidecoat Team. I can't wait to get my Tesla done with the ceramic coating! Thanks again!
Kamal

The final result of the ceramic coating process on the Cirrus SR22 was spectacular!

The gloss meter readings jumped from 86.2 to 106! An amazing 25% increase in the shine of the surface and will protect Kamal's aircraft for years to come. Kamal has been so excited with the results that he has reached out for us to Glidecoat his Tesla.

Back wing of Cirrus aircraft after Glidecoat aviation ceramic coating application

Awesome shine to the aircraft after the Glidecoat aviation ceramic coating application.

After the aviation ceramic coating application the gloss meter readings jumped from 86.2 to 106. Increasing the surface shine by 25%!

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