Aviation Glaze DIY
The specially formulated Aviation A-Glaze Surface Sealant ensures unrivalled protection to the surface of your aircraft in an extremely harsh environment. A-Glaze Plus Aviation products are constantly used by some of the largest airlines in the world, including British Airways, Qantas and United Airlines, not only to vastly enhance the external appearance of their aircraft and reduce downtime cleaning but also to prolong the life of their paintwork.
Helicopter before and after shot.
Now available to the private aviator in a DIY form or by professional application, the A-Glaze Plus Sealant will not only add a stunning finish to your plane or helicopter, it will reduce the cleaning required and protect against colour fading, pollutants and insects, especially on leading edges.
A-Glaze Plus is also the only paint sealant for the aviation industry that carries the necessary Boeing and Airbus certification for use on Aircraft. (Boeing Dg-17487 revision P and Aitbus AIMS 09-00-002 Issue 1, both dated 11th May 2005)
A-Glaze Surface Sealant achieves a smooth, impregnable finish that ensures that the paintwork is fully protected and easier to keep clean.
The brilliant product is now available to you in the private aviation sector.
Aviation glaze has been used for several years by some of the worlds major airlines to protect their aircrafts paintwork from the harsh environment at high altitudes. By using the A Glaze sealant system, the paint life of a long haul airliner will be more than doubled, as well as being much easier to keep clean – maintaining a high gloss finish. A Glaze is also the only paint sealant to carry the necessary Boeing, McDouglas and Airbus certification for use on all aircraft. This is in accordance with Boeing D6-17487 Revision P and Airbus AIMS 09-00-002 Issue 1.
A Glaze is not a polish or a wax. The A Glaze aviation sealant system uses the most up to date technology available to provide the best possible protection for your aircrafts paintwork. Using a unique blend of polymers and UV absorbers, the A Glaze aviation sealant ensures full protection against fading and the suns ultra violet rays. The sealant is completely safe on all plastics, rubber, chrome and stainless steel and will not leave behind any scruffy white marks or dust.
Currently used by a number of international carriers such as: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Virgin (applied by Qantas on long haul flights), South African and of course British Airways. All of these airlines have found their maintenance schedule has been greatly reduced. In some areas such as Asia with yellow dust, sand storms and air pollutants in general, aircraft could be washed as many times as once a month. Considering a Boeing 747-400 for example has a tail height equivalent to a six storey building, the logistics of cleaning such a craft can be a real headache. When a plane is A Glazed the maintenance needed on the craft is greatly reduced.
An average wash of a 747 can take 8 hours and to enable the plane to look its best, has to be carried out regularly. Of course, this is not realistic in todays growing air travel activity as the down timeof an average plane is never 8 hours. With A Glaze, an application on a 747 can take two and a half hours ideally every three months – of course, it is usually every 6 months and the plane remains pristine during this time.
WE HAVE TWO TYPES OF AVIATION GLAZE – COMMERCIAL AND DIY FOR SMALL LIGHT AIRCRAFT. COMMERCIAL WE ASK YOU TO APPLY EVERY THREE MONTHS WHEREAS SMALL LIGHT AIRCRAFT CAN BE APPLIED ONCE A YEAR AS THEY TEND TO HAVE MUCH LESS FLIGHT TIME.
Not only is it time consuming having to wash the plane but it also uses a lot of water. For example someairlines estimate that their craft have to be washed once a month which can use up to 6000 litres of water. As airline manufacturers recommend airlines do not use more than 80 pounds of water pressure per square inch, it can be very difficult to remove some marks from the planes surface. With A Glaze this will not happen as the particles bond to our sealant nit the body of the plane. As A Glaze reduces the amount of particles that can bond to a craft, it ensures there is no decrease in the lift of the wings.
SAVE ON FUEL
As the belly of the plane is A Glazed, nothing can stick to it thus causing less drag, saving the airlines 1-1.5% in fuel, although we are unable to quantify the exact saving due to each journey being different in time, weather and temperature. The fuel capacity of a 747-400 is 57285 gallons giving a maximum range of 8430 statute miles and a typical cruise speed of 565 miles per hour at 35000 ft. A 1.5% saving on this is quite dramatic as I am sure you would agree especially as a 747-400 consumes a gallon a second.
With fuel costs ever rising, this is a massive advantage to airlines and helps reduce their carbon footprint as well as decreasing their costs. With rumours thay airfares are to rise by 40% over the next year, every airline is fighting for passengers by looking ar ways to reduce costs.
Steve Edwards – Manager Aircraft Movements – British Airways. ‘A Glaze has been approved and is being added to the aircraft exterior. The glaze protects the paint, giving our aircraft a smarter appearance while making washing easier and increasing the lifespan of the paintwork……’
British Airways have found that the main benefits are easier to clean craft, the belly of the aircraft which is often the worst area to keep clean are now not a problem. Streaking from aircraft windows is common when planes are dirty but they have found this to be rare after the glaze is applied.
We recently attended the Farnborough Trade Airshow so we could see the new A380 and calculate for our customer the amount of glaze needed when they take delivery of their new fleet.
|The new A380 at Farnborough airshow||Taking off|
The advantages of A Glazing a plane far outweigh the disadvantages. Not only is there the obvious saving on fuel but it also enables a plane to arrive at its final destination looking clean, With the reduced downtime needed to glaze a plane or even just to wash it once it has been glazed allows money to be saved in labour costs.When the plane does need washing, A Glaze makes the job a whole lot easier and quicker for maintenance crews and it prolongs the life od the aircrafts paintwork.
Email or call us if you prefer a valeting company to glaze your aircraft, glider, helicopter or microlite.
TOTAL SURFACE PROTECTION – THE AVIATION RANGE OF PRODUCTS
Our aviation glaze is also available in kit form for DIY application. The kit consists of 500ml aviation shampoo, 500ml aviation preparation and 2 x 110ml aviation sealant. Also included are the cloths and instructions on how to apply the product.
Firstly the plane is washed to get it as clean as possible. The preparation is then rubbed over the plane. This is rubbed on until i disappears.
This prepares the paintwork for the glaze sealant and removes any stubborn stains. Two coats of sealant are then applied. These must not however be applied to walkway surfaces. Our main comment from customers is that there never seems enough glaze to do their aircraft but please bear in mind 2 litres is all that’s needed to do a Boeing 747. By applying the glaze to your aircraft, you are reducing the maintenance needed it as nothing can bond to the plane surface once the glaze has been applied. Therefore insects, bird acid and industrial fallout can simply be wiped off with a damp cloth.
|A380 before take off||A380 in the air|
AIR PURIFIER: Does your cockpit suffer from diesel smells? Then you need the new air purifier. This one shot aerosol deodoriser refreshes the cockpit within 10 minutes leaving a sweet smelling aroma. As air purifier contains silver, it will also rid the cockpit of any bacteria.
VINYL & LEATHER PROTECTOR 110ml: Applied to the dashboard on the cockpit and the seating area to protect against spillages. When a spillage does occur, it simply beads and is easily wiped off.
FABRIC PROTECTOR 500ml: Can be used on carpets and seating areas to form an invisible barrier. Again when any spillages occur, the liquid forms a bead and is wiped off.
ERADICATOR SPONGE – pack of 4 sponges: Available in a handy resealable plastic wallet, the four sponges can be used a number of times before they start to break up. They are chemical free and non abrasive – just dampen the corner with a small amount of water and squeeze out any excess, then wipe the sponge over the stain or mark.
AVIATION SHAMPOO 500ml: A New hi foam shampoo which has a shine enhancer to compliment the glaze on your aircraft.
AVIATION PREPARATION 500ml: Once the aircraft has been glazed, the following year you may just need to give it a light preparation before applying another coat of glaze sealant. Therefore the following year you do not need to buy the whole kit over again.
AVIATION SEALANT 110ml: As stated, once the craft has been glazed, the following year you do not need to buy a whole kit again but just prep and sealant.
British Airways found that each time an aircraft landed and connected to the passenger walkway, the rubber seal on the walkway would leave a mark on the surface of the plane. They used our eradicator sponges and found they were the only product that could remove them. We now have an eradicator mop system for those hard to reach areas.
|A380 parked up at Farnborough||Model of Airbus A380|