Here’s something a little different, no actually a lot different to our day to day operations. Yes, a helicopter.. Well the screen of a helicopter to be more precise. Part of our ‘Restoration’ work is the windows on Caravans and Motorhomes. These are nearly always covered in swirls, branch marks and sometimes far worse, leaving a hazy outlook through the window, that will look awful in certain lights and direct sun.
We’ve always said, if you cannot feel it with your nail. we can Restore it. Once Restored, the windows will have a far more crystal finish, making it far nicer to both look at from the outside, and look out of from the inside.
Restoring Acrylic, Perspex, and general clear plastics, takes a huge amount of skill. There is a very fine line between Restoring a transparent surface, and distorting it beyond repair. This is even harder when you consider that Caravans and Motorhomes have double glazed units, making the risk of delaminating if too much heat is transferred through our machine polishers, literally causing both pains of Acrylic to come apart from each other. (something we’ve seen several times after a poor attempt to fix an issue) Also you have to consider the products you are using to both Restore, and to protect afterwards. None of these products can contain certain ingredients, because of the risk of future ‘Micro-fracturing’ something that’s well reported by the acrylic manufactures, and what they use to blame for certain issues, but I personally have yet to see conclusive evidence that this is the case.
Anyway.. As you can see above on this 1990’s Helicopter, they have a very similar material to the windows we restore. It wasn’t until an engineer in Kent contacted me a few years ago and asked if we’d attempt to fix a scratched poor looking set of helicopter screens. After he told me that if I couldn’t, they’d have to be changed anyway, and that cost was an insane amount of money, that we agreed he had nothing to loose by letting us have a go. We carried out this job, fixed the issues, and saved the helicopter owner thousands of pounds, and the rest is history as they say. We’ve now done loads of helicopter screens, and even a couple of side windows on a multi-million pound jet, where an amateur used the wrong cleaning equipment to wipe the windows, and scratched them. As the pilots always explain to us, when they are flying and the sun is directly ahead of them and all they can see is a halo of swirls, this can not only be very dangerous, but very annoying as we can all imagine!
This helicopter in todays blog was owned by one lucky chap, who used the wrong side of a scouring sponge to clean off bugs after a flight. (strangely a far more common issue than you’d imagine, and something we’ve seen in Caravans and Motorhomes many times) People don’t always realise just how easy it is to damage these types of plastics, plus they don’t realise how harsh the rough side of a washing up sponge actually can be. When I saw this job, even I was sceptical i’d be able to fix this one. Thankfully after a lot of very delicate and very precise machine work, I removed all evidence of the damage, and the owner was understandably ecstatic with the result.