Tips for Taking Care of Your New Exterior Paint.
West Star’s world-class Exterior Paint specialists already provide the highest quality paint jobs and adhere to strict QC standards. They also provide extensive post paint inspection, hand detailing and initial polishing after an aircraft is painted. But occasionally, a customer will ask “…how do I take care of my new paint job? What about aftermarket paint protection, sealants and polishes?”
“I think it is a no-brainer to consider using and applying paint sealants and polishes on your new exterior paint. In fact, the more often the better,” says West Star’s George Euler, Interior Sales Manager at GJT.
“Many of us use them on our automobiles and they work awesome with great results. We also use similar products on aircraft often and with great results” he continued.
There is typically a waiting/curing period required after new paint is applied so that it can gas-off, harden and cure properly before the sealants and polishes are applied.
Once these products are applied to the aircraft, they become much easier to keep clean and maintain. The polishes and sealants prevent dirt and suet from sticking to the paint as much. The surfaces stay cleaner for longer. Another benefit is that gloss retention is extended and the paint keeps its luster and shine much longer.
It is safe to say that under normal circumstances most corporate aircraft get repainted every 7 to 10 years, some more frequently. Our experience says that aircraft that have had sealants and polishes applied over time seem to look better longer and have extended life of the paint job significantly.
We can always tell when we strip an aircraft for new paint that has had a sealant and protection product applied because they are more difficult to strip and the paint definitely wants to stick.
Keep in mind the next time you are in for paint that West Star Aviation offers exterior paint sealant, protection and polishing product application and can even recommend great appearance and detailing companies. These are all good steps to support the care and preservation of your asset and help you get the most out of your exterior paint investment.
Three products that are recommended at West Star Aviation for post paint care and enhancement are:
- TFS (Top Flight Supply – Platinum Ceramic Coating and/or Titanium Paint Protection)
- Permaguard Max
- System X (Diamond, PRO and Extreme products)
For more information on these or other paint sealants, polishes and aftermarket treatments or for details on full exterior paint services at West Star Aviation, please contact any of the specialists below: