Kamal has owned several aircrafts in the past decade after successfully completing his pilot training and certifications. He was introduced to Glidecoat back in 2013 and now has had two of his aircrafts 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 our aviation ceramic coating application.
You may be wondering why someone would apply an aviation ceramic coating to their aircraft. For Kamal, our ceramic coating provides a number of advantages, including;
• Pride of ownership
• Reduced maintenance
• Reduced drag
Below, you will learn more about the preparation steps, the application steps of our aviation ceramic coating and photos.
- Aircraft Brand:
- Cirrus SR22
- Length Overall:
- Opa-Locka, FL
As you will note by navigating through our case studies, our primary focus is within the Marine industry and working on a wide range of boats from 15 - 100+ feet in length.
What may be a surprise to most, Glidecoat initially started in the aviation industry with our founding partners in New York and UK by applying our protective coating to private aircrafts.
Considering our location here in South Florida, the majority of our work locally and within the State is centered around the marine industry. So, when Kamal reached out to us, we thought, oh it's only a 22' aircraft. That could be done in a day! Not so fast..lol.
Also, with an aircraft, 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 avoided at all cost.
Anytime we or our Authorized Glidecoat Dealers complete a ceramic coating application, the work requires attentive attention to detail and the applicators to touch all of the surface several times. As you can imagine, this is not only a time consuming, but results in increased costs when comparing 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 nano 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.