Maintenance Matters

April 2017 Issue

Washing and Polishing: DIY The Right Way

A spiffy machine proves you take pride in ownership, but using the wrong products and technique can induce corrosion and trash pricey paint work.

Even the best professional aircraft detailers or products wonít be able to resurrect some neglected paint finishes. Thatís why itís important to preserve the paint finish early with regular cleaning and polishing. Far from a mindless chore, thereís more to do-it-yourself cleaning jobs that you might think, including protecting expensive accessories like antennas, de-ice boots and propellers. Like any other job you might tackle yourself, thereís a right and wrong approach to cleaning the aircraft. Hereís how we would do it.

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