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  1. Awhile back, I had a couple different products (some sealants, a true ceramic coating, ceramic wax, and some very high quality synthetic wax) laying around. I put a dab of each on a old desk and let sit for a week in a very hot hangar. The true ceramic turned to glass and was harder than any of the other products with synthetic wax being the softest. Not scientific, but was enough to convince me. Is a true ceramic coating exactly 9H in hardness. Damned if I know, but it is harder than anything else I've used. I also noticed some detailers advertise a ceramic wax as a ceramic coating. There is a huge difference between a ceramic wax and a true ceramic coating. Caveat emptor. Fortunately, the manufacturers are very clear on the differences in durability. William
  2. So, after many, many hours, I fully polished the entire plane including under the wings and as always, the belly. Most would say the paint was already in good shape. I washed with dawn to cut any oils, then clay barred. After that I used various strengths of polish. Took me forever to polish the back side of the prop to be shiny again. Ha! JK. The painted stripes were very soft compared to the base white. Getting the micro scratches out of the white paint around the fuel fillers was the hardest and still not quite done to perfection. I got as aggressive in polishing the white as I've ever gotten on any paint (rotary polisher with a lambs wool pad with some liquid compound). Yes, I knew how much paint depth I had. After polishing, I used the GTechniq Panel Wipe. I found the Panel Wipe to be reactive to the very soft stripes. Enough so, that I re-polished the red and gray (that added two hours to the process). I then applied Gtechniq CSL and applied EXOv4 36 hours later. I give me self an A-. Here are some pics.
  3. So, I am a finance guy. Debt is probably not going to get much cheaper now. 10 year treasuries (the closest benchmark rate that mortgage rates follow) are less than half (70 bps) of what they were at the end of Jan. 30 LIBOR, the index most corporate loans base off of was 1.66% Jan. versus today of less than 20 bps. Not sure how long this will last. I do worry about a whipsaw in inflation and thus rates should a really good (better than the current flu) vaccine be developed within the next year. Note, I did not think a whipsaw was going to occur in '08-'10 when money was free then and I was right, a rare event. Ask 10 economists what the market will do and you'll get 11 answers. William
  4. My grandfather (fighter pilot and test pilot) had two really bad thunderstorm encounters all in peace time. The first was flying a B-25 on a Friday night from NY to FL. That's how courted my grandmother in FL. Navigator directed him right into a really bad T-storm despite my grandfather warning him and to watch the lightning closely. That one really shook him up. Second was lead on a flight of F-80s on their way to Alaska after being winterized/moded for artic weather. Being winterized the nose or leading edges (I forget which) were painted red. In trail formation he wandered into a T-storm in southern Louisiana. After exiting the storm, no one had red on their plane anymore. He would never get anywhere close to a storm in a small GA plane. Never intentionally flew into one in the South Pacific in combat either. William
  5. Note, that paint is likely very soft, thin, and reactive. So, start off with a very light abrasive polish with a finish pad, go light on how much you polish in one area and see what you get. Harsh alcohols or even mineral spirits are likely to react with the paint. I'd stay away from those in the process. You could buy a paint depth meter to be really sure how thick the paint is before starting. Maybe worth the $200, maybe not. Remember, polishing is just removing a thin layer of paint. William
  6. Fantastic, this gets me a long way along. Like you, I have 24v going out to the tips in my 252. William
  7. @larryb would you mind providing a link to the regulator you used? A pic of the hole you describe and how the regulator is mounted would be icing on the cake. Thanks William
  8. Oh, and to make my last post relevant, I coated my 996 last year to CQUK and the plane a coupe years ago with the same. Moderately happy with CQUK. This year going with GTechniq CSL with a top coat of EXOv4 on the plane. Of course, after a thorough wash, clay and polish. William
  9. and the turbo doesn't have the IMS issue the NA version does
  10. The headers for each section are not great and can cause confusion. Page 69 has an error in the headings; it brings across the prior section refs. in the numbering. Anyway, under SFAR 118 as it modifies Part 61, section 2(a)(2), page 70 of the SFAR is applicable to pilots as pilot in command and not flying for hire, but only to the extent they also meet section 2(a)(2)(i),(ii), and (iii). Stepping back, in section III. A. last paragraph of page 14, starts with, "Additionally, this relief applies to some operations conducted by pilots … provide that the pilot has at least...". Emphasis is mine. Those ops are as described in the 4 bullets of page 15. Note, even if you meet these criteria for time and ops, no non-essential persons are allowed on the flight. So, seems to me this SFAR is primarily limited to pilots engaged in for hire ops, business travel, medical needs or essential goods transport. Please describe a different interpretation of the actual SFAR or summary. Don't read a section out of context, though. The pilot news orgs really have done a disservice to us all not pointing these things out. Not an attorney, just a dumb investment banker who should get back to his real job.
  11. While the cuts are dramatic they only equate to 10% of the world's supply. That and given the demand curve for oil is probably flatter and lower than its ever been, no surprise the minimal change. Frankly, I was surprised at the early morning spike in prices. Wonder what those trades were about. Possibly derivatives covering.? I like what Goldman said, "historic yet insufficient". William
  12. On average, lower oil prices takes 4-6 weeks to make through the pipeline, refinery and ultimately to the pump. Given demand is lower (only to be outpaced by an increase in supply), the significantly lower oil prices won't be fully reflected in the pump price for a few weeks. Avgas demand and production is significantly less and chunky. So, as Davidv said, who knows when we will see that lower cost. The upside is that even when demand recovers (hopefully sometime in the summer) there will likely still be significant oversupply depressing prices. Note, anyone who says they can predict the price of fuel more than a month or two out has no idea. OPEC (Saudi Arabia) could easily change their mind tomorrow and restrict supply swinging the price of oil the other way. Note, many US upstream companies drop out of the market when oil is sustainably below $45/barrel. So, there will likely be some restriction in US supply soon. W
  13. C-150 carb ice on take off. Complete failure. Prop stopped just at touch down. Barely made the last turn off at runway end without running off. 2nd was a student in his M20C. Instead of pulling the flaps release knob pulled mixture to cutoff. Btw, I was watching my student like a hawk and still didn't catch him in time. Took less than a second to engine shutdown and then another second to regain power after I pushed both the mixture and yoke at the same time. Fun times William