Ephrata auto detailer shines up Air Force One | News
Earlier this month an auto detailer from Ephrata joined a team of 35 hand picked detailers to take on the project of a lifetime. The nation's top detailers came together to bring back the shine on the original Air Force One at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
“This is a special opportunity that has arisen at an important point in my career,” said Bill 'The Buff Man' Quinn. “I am honored and excited to be a member of such and exclusive team and to get the chance to use my skills for such an esteemed job—preserving an important piece of U.S. aviation history.”
The Air Force One Special Air Missions 970 flew Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. The plane is now sits on the tarmac at the Seattle Museum of Flight and had not been cleaned in over two years.
The team of 35 worked for five days cleaning the oxidized metals on the plane in sections.
“It was definitely hard work,” said Quinn. “The bright work is a lot harder to get clean than paint. In two years, metals, when exposed to the weather and atmosphere, begin to oxidize and it gets cloudy.”
Quinn explained that the metal acts much the same as when an apple turns brown or a penny changes from copper to green. The team used a five pound Flex orbital polisher that they had to hold at eye level and overhead to get the right angles.
“After a couple of passes and about three days, by most people's standards, it's shiny again,” said Quinn. “However, you are dealing with a team of professional detailers who are extremely picky. We know when it can be better!”
Quinn is no stranger to perfection. He has been detailing cars for 36 years. His first job was detailing a 1973 Jaguar XJ that belonged to Fred Meyer, founder of the department store chain.
“We were paid 95 cents a hour and he gave us a one dollar tip,” said Quinn. “I was so proud!”
Bill 'The Buff Man' Quinn has two detailing locations, one in Ephrata and one in Moses Lake.