In July 2017, Spraylat International assisted Musketeer Solutions with trials for the protection of aeroplanes in storage by initially protecting a retired Boeing 707’s fuselage. The Spraylat team were invited back for a follow up and test peel a year later.
Throughout 2018, the United Kingdom endured both the hottest and coldest of weather, the Beast from the East froze the country before the endless hot summer arrived. Protectapeel, a liquid applied, protective coating was still able to perform its duties as a tough protective film without freezing or baking on to the surface. Protectapeel was applied to the fuselage using airless spray guns and lambswool rollers and was left to dry to the surface.
Musketeer Solutions wanted to test the coating on the aeroplane and how it would perform over a long period of time. Luckily, there was a vast range of weathering within the chosen time period. A retired Boeing 707, which is now used for training purposes for the RAF was coated with Protectapeel and left for 12 months to allow Musketeer Solutions to assess the performance and durability of the coating. After a year of uncertain weather, Protectapeel showed no signs of bleaching following the long periods of UV exposure. Protectapeel stayed skin-tight to the Boeing’s fuselage and when tested, the Spraylat team were able to hand peel the surface protection without any problems. No further application was required in the 12-month period, the original coating was tough enough to withstand the severe weather.
When speaking to Steve Welburn, Principal Consultant for Musketeer Solutions, Steve stated that “the use of Protectapeel on our stored aircraft proved highly effective over a 12-month period and we would certainly consider using this product again for similar applications in the future.”.