Spring Cleaning for Your Aircraft

Winter is finally loosening its grip, with longer days and warmer sunshine becoming the norm. Prime flying season isn’t far off now! Spring is a great time to dust off your aircraft after winter hibernation, but proper cleaning is important no matter what the season. Whether it’s freezing or scorching, Lake & Air Pilot Shop offers some great cleaning products.

Popular product lines include Novus, which features a multi-step approach to the cleaning process, and Official Seaplane Gear. To start off, we’ll give you our tips for windshield cleaning. We recommend Official Seaplane Gear Plastic Polish as a first step. This formula will gently clean without scratching. It is imperative that you thoroughly clean the plastic surface before moving on to a scratch removal product, so that you don’t add more cloudy scratches. You’ll want to use 100% cotton wipes to ensure a scratch-free clean.

Now that your windshield is clean, you will need to evaluate the condition of the material. Does it have scratching or crazing? If so, to what extent? If you have heavy scratches, Novus #3 Heavy Scratch Remover is a great product. First, shake well and test a small amount in an inconspicuous area. Next, apply Novus #3 by hand with a clean, soft, 100% cotton cloth, using back-and-forth motions at a right angle to the scratches. You may need to repeat this process depending upon the severity of the damage. Use Novus #3 until only fine scratches remain.

Novus #2 Fine Scratch Remover should be used for fine scratches and to follow Novus #3. As always, shake well and test in a small area before using. Use a clean cloth for each product application, and wash after use. Similar to Novus #3, use back-and-forth motions perpendicular to the light scratches. Once the worst scratches have been polished out, reapply Novus #2 in a circular motion to the entire plastic surface with short circular strokes and light pressure. Allow the product to dry to a light haze, then buff the surface to a slippery glaze, again using firm, short strokes. This final application is critical for achieving the best results. To finish the process of cleaning your windshield, follow up with Official Seaplane Gear Plastic Polish. You’re now ready to start your flying season off with a clear view!

These products are also useful for cleaning display cases, marble, electronic device screens, plastic lenses, and gauge faces.

For an all-over shine, don’t forget Lake & Air Float and Fuselage Cleaner. This non-toxic concentrate is water soluble, biodegradable, and non-flammable. Because it’s a concentrate, it can be diluted to the appropriate strength for your application. An economical solution, Lake & Air Float and Fuselage Cleaner leaves no oily film or gumminess, and is safe to use on metals, electrical insulation, and most painted and plastic surfaces.

For tougher grime, Official Seaplane Gear Exhaust Stain Remover and Surface Cleaner is an ideal product. Simply spray on, wait, and wipe away previously untouchable stains! You can use this product on aircraft, boats, RVs, and other vehicles. A versatile cleaner, it’s also excellent for carpet, upholstery, and vinyl surface stain removal.

Browse the Lake & Air website, or visit our store on the first floor of the Wipaire office, to see all of our quality cleaning products and much more. We’re always happy to help answer your questions!