Frequently Asked Questions

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Important to know

Why is ‘Nano’ important to the Toughguard Nano-polymer coating product?

When Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating is applied to the surface, literally millions of tiny Nano-particles fill in the microscopic pores and capillaries of the surface that normally would give dirt and contaminants attachment points to bond to. Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating takes away these attachment points which translates into reduced dirt and contaminant accumulation keeping your aircraft looking cleaner for longer periods of time and reducing general cleaning efforts and labor.

How do you know that Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating actually creates a smoother/slicker surface?

Independent testing laboratories have scientifically confirmed this as a fact. ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute) conducted Surface Roughness tests on the Toughguard Nano-polymer coating product. The results confirmed that with only one coat of Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating, the treated surface roughness was decreased.

In another study, a major aircraft manufacturer conducted Contact Angle, Surface Energy and Surface Roughness testings. Findings from these tests proved that when Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating is applied to the surface the treated surface becomes highly hydrophobic. The surface energy and surface roughness results conducted on the product are very impressive as well (Due to proprietary and confidentiality agreements the source of this study and exact test results cannot be published).

What benefits does the Polarizing Wash product provide to the application process?

The Polarizing or Step 1 product is an extremely effective cleaner designed to deep clean the surface prior to the application of Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating product. Most importantly, Step 1 emulsifies and removes any waxes and or sealants that may have been previously applied to the surface.

Why is it important to ensure that all waxes and other sealant products have been removed prior to removing Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating product?

Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating product needs to have the ability to bond directly with the paint/clear coat. If wax products or wax residuals or other sealant products are present, Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating product will lay on top of the waxes and not get a chance to bond with the paint. When the waxes and sealants fail (which they will), Toughguard will go away with the waxes and the cost and labor to apply the Toughguard product will have been a waste of time and money.

Does either the Polarizing Wash or the Nano-polymer coating contain silicone or Teflon?

NO! Both product are free of and silicone and Teflon products.

Why is silicone harmful to the paint?

Silicone will migrate through the paint and eventually adhere to the aluminum or metal substrate. Once the silicone does this, repainting the aircraft becomes an issue. Paint will have a very difficult time bonding with the surface that has been contaminated with silicone. Problems such as chronic “fish-eye” issues will forevermore be with the surface that has been contaminated with silicone.

Is Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating difficult to apply?

No. Applying Toughguard’s Nano-polymer coating is actually very easy – much more so than working with traditional waxes. The Toughguard product is a water-based product and is very forgiving to work with and apply.

Are any of Toughguard’s products hazardous, toxic or environmentally dangerous?

No! Both the Polarizing Wash and the Nano-polymer coating products are water based and biodegradable.

Does the Toughguard Nano-polymer coating actually bond with the paint/clear coat?

Yes, Toughguard’s Nano-Polymer coating bonds as a semi-permanent sealant. Because of this, the product will last for years providing outstanding product performance and returning value beyond any other product on the market.

Can Toughguard’s Nano-polymer be removed if the aircraft needs to be repaired and repainted?

Yes. Toughguard’s Nano-polymer can be removed with the use of a straight dilution of the Polarizing Wash and or by using MEK along with a Scotch Brite pad.

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