WOLFEBORO — Andrew Swenson of Wolfeboro Car Wash & Executive Detail returned recently from one of the most prestigious and productive detailing projects on record. In his third year as a member of the Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Swenson has participated in both the restoration and now preservation stages of the original presidential jet Air Force One. Swenson led a team through the historic plane’s annual wipe-down to remove water streaks, light polish to remove blemishes, and the application of an exterior paint protectant.
Most of Swenson’s week however consisted of leading teams in the cleaning and polishing of a World War II B29 Superfortress bomber.
“Last year, we polished the fuselage but the wings were not assembled,” said Swenson. “This year, the museum reassembled the wings and we cleaned and polished underneath them. Polishing aluminum that hasn’t been cleaned since the 1940s is difficult work, but the result is phenomenal.”
Swenson says there are several airplanes in the museum’s collection that need the team’s expertise.
“I suspect we will be working on the complete restoration of the bomber for several years,” he said. “This year we polished the engine rings on the first Jumbo Jet 747, and began cleaning a 1934 Boeing 247. We have been restoring the supersonic Concorde, call-name Alpha Golf, for three years and we are still continuing the slow process of rejuvenating its worn paint.”
Andrew Swenson’s experience cleaning aged paint and polishing bright work is a huge advantage in detailing a car or truck. To restore, maintain and protect the exterior of any vehicle, it helps to understand how the environment interacts with your surface paint, hard plastics, metals, and even fabrics and leather. Swenson is not just a detailer, but he is a paint correction specialist who saves aging vehicles on a daily basis.
Swenson thanked his local sponsors, Bob Hughes of BHHS Spencer Hughes Real Estate, Paul Zimmerman of Ossipee Self Storage, and Buddy Engal with Northeast Chemex.
The Air Force One Detailing Team receives no compensation for their participation in the Air Force One Detailing project, therefore financial support helps pay for travel and accommodations.
Andrew Swenson talks to his team about work to clean and polish a World War II B29 Superfortress bomber. The underside of the wings had not been cleaned since the 1940s. (Courtesy photo)
Swenson has participated in both the restoration and now preservation stages of the original presidential jet Air Force One. (Courtesy photo)
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