If you’re a fan of warbirds, chances are you’ve seen the work of Julie Vessigault. She’s a professional aircraft detailer who’s been in the industry for many years. She has specialized in warbirds since 2015 when she joined the team at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, Florida.
Vessigault takes a careful and unique approach to each bird she works on, ‘cocktailing’ a variety of products into what she calls a detailing “recipe” — each perfectly suited for the aircraft in front of her. “There’s an artistic element to what I do,” Julie remarks. “Few planes are treated exactly the same.”
Julie’s Introduction to John’s 360º Coatings
Aeroshell’s Steve Gustafson first introduced Vessigault to John’s 360º Coatings, asking her to use them on his aircraft. As Vessigault became more familiar with these products, she began using The Avenger, a two-part ceramic coating to seal and preserve the aircraft’s finish following cleaning/polishing.
The Perfect Recipe
John’s 360º Coatings’ products Metal X, Decon Spray, and Speed Coat are a go-to system for Julie Vessigault; she finds herself reaching for them again and again. “Metal X just melts the exhaust right off warbirds,” Vessigault notes. The product has saved her time and a lot of elbow grease! Julie carefully vets each product she uses, understanding the value and history of the aircraft in her charge. She’s pleased to say she’s only had great experiences with John’s products.
She recommends people looking to learn her craft start out with cars and gradually work their way up to larger aviation projects. Patience and attention to detail is what sets her work apart from the rest!
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