At Airventure 2019, I attended a demonstration of Johns360 Avenger Ceramic Coating for aircraft, marine, and automotive use. I was very interested in this technology as the paint on my Cherokee 180 was over 30 years old. About half that time outdoors and half in a hangar but still, the colors especially were getting kind of chalky.
I purchased a kit from John and began work on the fuselage and tail feathers in the winter months. It was a multi step process:
- Wash thoroughly.
- Use John’s Correction Compound, a buffing compound to remove haze and other surface defects. This was the most labor intensive part, taking many hours and sore arms!
- Wash again.
- Use John’s Decon Spray to remove all traces of wax, soap, etc. prior to coating.
- Mix the two part coating chemistry in teaspoon quantities to cover about 2 - 3 square feet at a time and immediately buff off with a clean microfiber cloth. The emphasis is on immediately!
Not being familiar with using a power buffer and afraid of going through the paint, i did all the work by hand.
I was so impressed with the results that I ordered a second kit to complete the wings. However, I was done with hand buffing and sprung for a power buffer. John recommends 1000 to 1800 RPM. Still, I had to go around those rivets by hand but it did save about 40% of the work on those broad flat surfaces. On John’s recommendation, I just did the upper surfaces exposed to the sun, and plan on using John’s Speed Coat (less expensive and faster treatment) on the lower surfaces.
In any case, I am very happy with the results. Your mileage may vary. It’s not perfect, but much less expensive than a repaint, dirt and bugs clean off so much easier, water beads right up, and should last several years according to the vendor. It can also be maintained quickly with John’s Speed Coat ceramic spray.
If you are thinking of sprucing up your older paint, it might be worth a try. You can visit their web site for more info or PM me for lessons learned.