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Renny Doyle Has Detailed Over 4,000 Aircraft in His Career

As private and corporate aircraft ownership is on the rise and the use of airplanes and helicopters has become more mainstream for many businesses and organizations like the emergency and medical services industries, law enforcement, and the news media, the need for professional aircraft detailing has exploded. Dirt and grime build-up on the aircraft's outer skin significantly affects aerodynamics and fuel usage.

Because detailing airplanes has always been a huge portion of Renny's own detailing business, at Detailing Success, we train a lot of different types of aircraft detailers. Some of them are fixed-base operators (FBOs) and flight crews who want to learn how to properly maintain their fleets; others are automotive detailers who want to expand their business into niche areas like aircraft; while some of our detailers do nothing but detail aircraft. We even train product developers who want to extend their automotive detailing products into the aircraft industry and find they enjoy detailing aircraft while perfecting their products.

In the detailing industry, we call aircraft detailing a "niche" market ... and a lucrative one at that if properly trained! But proper training is the operative phrase here! It has its challenges and knowing those challenges before you tackle cleaning an aircraft is imperative.

For All the Obvious Similarities to a Car or Truck, the Differences are Extreme!

Like a car or truck, there is much more to detailing an airplane than just washing it and slapping on a coat of wax. In fact, there are some areas of the aircraft that never be waxed or sealed ... we teach you what those areas are!

You need to know what chemicals you can use on the plane's surface that are both safe and effective, and you need to know how to apply them. Some products and techniques have the potential to cause damage. Common degreasers, for instance, can not only damage the paint, but cause serious damage to the aircraft's aluminum, composite skin, and the actual aircraft frame. We teach you what areas of the aircraft are prone to damage if specific steps are not taken to protect them.

Many of the aircraft we detail are aging, rare, and historic planes. Paint that is 10 to 20 years old requires the equivalent of an automotive paint correction in which we teach you how to revive single stage paint.

Know Your Aircraft Paint Surface

Our Detailing Success teams are called on to work on all sizes and types of aircraft, and the paint assessment on each is unique. Knowledge about paint, aluminum, and composites material is very important and we teach you how to properly assess the plane and its surface makeup. On the surface, aircraft detailing is sexy and the profits can be alluring, but like anything else so provocative, there are reasons to be cautious!

Polishing aluminum, for instance, is one of the toughest and most demanding aspects of detailing. Many issues can arise in the process such as damaging the clad and leaving an uneven finish. Renny has been polishing metal for over 20 years and he considers properly polishing metal the second most exacting task in the business ... we'll let you chew on what is number one on that list!

Renny and his Detailing Success Network have detailed everything from Piper Cubs to historic Boeing 707s, 727s, and 737s. We have cleaned Gulfstream II through Vs, Concord jets, Blue Angels, Boeing business Jets (BBJ), medical airlift helicopters, the entire Cessna family of planes, and countless others ... including a more than decade restoring and preserving the most iconic aircraft on the planet ... the first presidential jet Air Force One located at the Seattle Museum of Flight!

Wide-ranging Topics Covered in Our Aircraft Detail Training Classes

  • Wet & dry wash
  • Storm water run-off issues
  • Bright work polishing
  • Wax & sealant
  • Wool carpet cleaning
  • Landing gear precautions
  • TKS edges
  • FOD issues
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Static port Compromising
  • Single stage paint restoration & protection
  • I attended a small group Aircraft Detailing Training event in Big Bear last April. We started with some classroom time and also had plenty of hands-on training. The skills I learned in this class definitely made me confident enough to expand my detailing business into the aircraft realm. An aircraft can be brought down by improper detailing procedures, not something anyone should have to experience. I could not recommend this class more!
    Doug Cunningham
    Absolute Shine Auto Spa, Sag Harbor, NY