Just Another Day at the Airport with Pics

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Beason, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Apologize ahead of time for the camera phone pics.

    Had two planes lined up to do today. The first one was an A36 Bonanza that just got done with its annual inspection meaning it was basically taken completely apart. So it was in need of a massive cleaning. However when I arrived I found no plane, it was still in the matience hanger and wouldnt be moved to Monday. Would of loved a call to let me know. My next plane was a Sklane that wasnt supposed to arrive till 2. So I decided to head on home for lunch. On my way back the weather took a turn for the worse. Luckily I would be in hanger.

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    I arrived a few minutes before my client landed and began as soon as the plane was move inside. About 30 minutes into the detail a Jet pulls up and is soaked from the weather. When the owner got out he saw me working and struck up a conversation, he asked me if I wanted to work on his since it just got poured on and he wants it cleaned up........

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    Needless to say after a quick look over I told him it was out of my league. To give you an idea of size my head doesnt even reach the bottom pin stripe and Im 6'3". I refered to another guy who has a whole crew and a massive ladder that cleans up small business planes. He thanked me and we exchanged cards cause he still wants his cars cleaned. I continue cleaning and after about 2 hours I hear a bunch of police cars and trucks flying by. I go and investigate and find out that tanker truck jack knifed due to the wet streets. Had to call a huge wrecker to get it out.

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    It was quite a day, lost a detail but gained a new client. Good trade off :dunno:
     
  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    :cool: pics.

    Interesting day too. Never detailed a plane, anything special you need to do? I know there are things on the plane you have to be careful around. I am guessing the finish is similar to a boat or an RV?
     
  3. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Nothing too big, I was raised around them so it comes to me 2nd nature. The finish is much different, mainly poilishing is removing oxidation. There is no clearcoat so you really don't buff out scratches. There are alot more rock chips, think bugs on cars are bad imagine hitting them at 200-300mph, same with rain, any plane with alot of hours has a lot of paint gone from the leading edge. If you ever think about detailing a plane I can give you a few pointers on what to watch out for.
     
  4. JRock10

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    maybe you could write an EDU on plane detailing? I've wondered about that myself. i used to detail boats right out of high school.


    edit: well, it was more like prep new boats, but who's counting.
     

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