Itís not a wax and itís not a polish, it is a coating which was specifically designed to reduce air drag. It is a revolutionary coating that has a non-reactive inert surface that is very slippery. It reduces air drag because it has a very low surface energy which allows the air molecules to slip at the surface. This partial slip condition increases the air velocity at the surface. In a typical boundary layer profile the air velocity at the surface is zero and increases exponentially until, at the outer edge of the boundary layer, it is the same as the free-stream velocity. The shape and magnitude of the boundary layerís velocity profile determines the momentum loss, which corresponds to the drag. The higher the velocity near the surface, the lower the air drag.
It is as easy to apply as any liquid car wax but with much less elbow grease required. It is like having three products in one. A cleaner to remove tar, tree sap, stains and pollutants, a micro fine leveling agent to level and remove fine scratches and blemishes on clear coats and dead paint on single stage finishes. A durable yet breathable clear protective coating. It protects against fading, acid rain and harsh airborne pollutants. It is safe for use on cured paint, fiberglass, glass, chrome and plastic surfaces. It has the following features; gives a shine like a wax; non-stick surface; easy to clean; reduces adhesion of dirt and insects; creates a water-repellent finish; gives UV protection; drastically reduced ice adhesion. It is like having three products in one. A cleaner to remove tar, tree sap, stains and pollutants, a micro fine leveling agent to level and remove fine scratches and blemishes on clear coats and dead paint on single stage finishes. A durable yet breathable clear protective coating. It protects against fading, acid rain and harsh airborne pollutants.
272-1 contains eight ounces of Slick Air and application instructions. The 8 oz. container has enough Slick Air to cover an aircraft the size of a single engine Cessna. This coating will last approximately one year if the aircraft is in a hanger and about six months if left outdoors before reapplication is required. Coating the aircraft with Slick Air gives the aircraft a wax or polished looking finish and an increase in speed of approximately 2 to 3 MPH. So not only does one get the advantage of faster speeds but also gets all the benefits listed in the paragraphs above. This coating does not require an FAA approval therefore it can be applied to all aircraft type certified or not.
The product description made me interested in trying it out. I have been using FW1 spray wax (carnuba) for the past few years, which is also a cleaner and waxing agent. I thoroughly cleaned a section on each wing and tested out Slick Air to see how it worked. The description was accurate, itâÄôs not wax and itâÄôs not a polish. I canâÄôt really tell any difference at all between the sections with Slick Air and the sections without. My opinion is itâÄôs way overpriced for what you get. I would not buy it again. I gave it a two star rating because it did have some water repelling properties to it, but nothing exciting.
It can not be used on a porous surface. If the cloth was painted or sealed with a non porous top coat, this could be used on cured paint.