David Allen has been an aircraft detailer for almost 15 years. His Orlando-based Allen Groupe details aircraft interiors and exteriors out of locations in Indianapolis (IND), Atlanta (PDK), Orlando (MCO and ORL) and Palm Beach (PBI). “XZilon is the first product that I’ve found that can back up its claims scientifically, verified by an independent lab,” he told AIN.
He took the Citation XLS to the West Star Aviation completion and refurbishment center in Grand Junction, Colo., for a special exterior paint job, starting with overall silver metallic paint, using Sherwin-Williams “Acry Glo” applied from special pressure-pots to ensure an even coat.
Exterior paint has always been a statement. In ancient times, sailors painted eyes on the bows of ships so they might find their way easily. Even today, it is a custom Chinese boat builders still follow. During World War II, “nose art” was common on military aircraft. Perhaps the best known was the Memphis Belle, a B-17 that bore the name and a scantily clad image of the belle herself.
Extending paint life and preventing corrosion is the aim of Granitize, and liquid-formula Xzilon is the product. The South Gate, Calif. company notes that Xzilon has been approved for use by major airframe manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.
There is no airplane so beautiful that a good paint job won’t help it look even better, maybe a lot better. So says Jim Burress, manager of Landmark Aviation’s paint department in Springfield, Ill., and veteran of more than 28 years in the business.
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