Fort Collins Detailer Chosen For 15th Anniversary, Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight

Fort Collins Detailer Chosen For 15th Anniversary, Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight

Newly Acquired B52 Bomber & WWII B29 Bomber Also on Agenda

FORT COLLINS, CO July 9, 2018 - Fort Collins detailer, Nicholas Vecchio of Sticklers 4 Details, Inc. has been handpicked by Master detailer Renny Doyle to the 2018 Air Force One Detailing Team. It is the 15th Anniversary of the historic restoration and preservation event of America’s most iconic and treasured aircraft. Vecchio and 64 other professional detailers from around the nation hit Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15–22. In addition to the first presidential jet Air Force One, there is a new airplane on the agenda this year!

Although they will continue their annual cleaning and preservation of the presidential plane on display at the museum, they will also take their first shot preserving the museum’s newest acquisition, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress Bomber known as Midnight Express. Built in 1960 as a nuclear-armed Cold War platform, she was used extensively during the Vietnam War, and was active during Operation Linebacker II in December 1972, which led to the release of 591 prisoners of war in 1973.  Vecchio is trained and certified by the International Detailing Association (IDA) and by Doyle’s Detailing Success. He is a successful detailing business owner in Fort Collins and makes the week-long commitment on a voluntary, pro-bono basis.

Doyle has spent 15 years restoring the historic presidential jet to its original glory. The plane was a flying Oval Office for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It was in distressed condition when he was first approached by the Bush administration in 2003 to put his skills to work to save it. It took over a decade to fully restore the brilliance of the paint and clarity of the bright work (aluminum). Until 2016, the plane lived outdoors on the tarmac, exposed to the elements, requiring a robust annual cleaning, polishing, and protection for its paint and aluminum.

These past two years the plane has found a home under the museum’s new open-air Airpark Pavilion. Although it is mostly protected from the elements, it is still exposed to the area’s damp climate and extreme temperatures, requiring a rigorous cleaning, polishing, and application of a paint sealant to protect it from year to year.

Also, on the agenda this year is polishing the B-29 Super Fortress, a WWII bomber the team began restoring in 2011; cleaning and polishing the first-ever Boeing “Jumbo Jet” 747; polishing the supersonic Concorde Alpha Golf, which they have been working on since 2014; and numerous other priceless aircraft on exhibit at the Museum of Flight.

“Cleaning something as big as a jet airplane has its challenges, but when you are cleaning aircraft valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and that have such historical significance in aviation history, it requires unique skills and knowledge of paint and bright work,” says Doyle. “The first time I laid eyes on Air Force One 15 years ago, I doubted whether it could be saved – that is how challenging the project was; however, I see what Nick has done and I know what he can do. He is one of the best.”

“When I got into the detailing business, I never dreamed I would be participating in such a prestigious project as detailing Air Force One,” Vecchio says. “I am honored by the opportunity to work on this historic aircraft, but I am also thrilled at the chance to work on other iconic aircraft like the WWII B29 bomber, a B52 bomber, the Concord Alpha Golf, and many other museum treasures.”

For more information about Nick Vecchio’s selection to the 2018 Air Force One Detailing Team at the Seattle Museum of Flight, contact him at (970) 416-8313.

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Fort Collins Detailer Earns Highly Advanced Certifications from IDA & Detailer of Air Force One

Now Able to Offer Innovative Services that Protect Automotive Investments

FORT COLLINS, CO November 28, 2017 — Nicholas Vecchio, owner of Fort Collins’ Sticklers 4 Details Automobile Detailing has been awarded a Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair, and Ceramic Coatings Certification from The Detailer of Air Force One, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success. He also now holds a dual certification (CD SV) from the International Detailing Association (IDA).

Although Vecchio is already a veteran automotive detailer, technology drove him to take his business and his skills to a more advanced level. The highly intense but comprehensive 5-day Detailing Success accreditations are the only ones of their kind in the detail training industry, and they qualify Vecchio for a coveted spot on the 2018 Air Force One Detailing Team, which will be announced next spring.

Doyle is a nationally renowned Master Automotive and Aircraft Detailer & Trainer known for his 15-year restoration and preservation of the original presidential jet Air Force One on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. He also leads an exclusive detailing team to the Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival and The Quail at Monterey Car Week every year.

A Detailing Success certification takes detailing into advanced paint correction, a meticulous and precision-based process that lets Vecchio revitalize an aging or neglected vehicle’s cloudy, oxidized paint. Afterward, the shine is often more brilliant than it was when the vehicle was new. It also saves customers thousands of dollars in a respray (re-paint), which devalues the vehicle.

Furthermore, Doyle’s certification trained Vecchio in the use of European Steam Clean, which uses hot vapor and powerful extraction to professionally revive car interiors including fabrics, carpets, and hard plastics; and certified him in the application of long-lasting Ceramic Pro protective automotive coatings.

Over the next couple of years, Vecchio can also, if he chooses, work towards becoming a “made-man” of the infamous Detail Mafia, a senior-level project team of detailing mentors and leaders who cross state lines to work on community projects, often on a pro-bono basis. Some of those projects include cleaning and restoring emergency, fire, and police vehicles after hurricanes; restoring classic motorcycles, fire engines, aircraft, etc. for local museums; and cleaning vehicles for nationally-known automotive auctioneers like Mecum and Barrett Jackson.

Also, as a certified member (CD) of the IDA, Vecchio now holds an advanced Skills Validated (SV) certification with the organization. Certified IDA detailers are held to a higher quality standard, and the SV designation means Vecchio has passed challenging hands-on testing according to strict industry standards determined by leading industry professionals.

For more information about Nicholas Vecchio and this important professional step that enables him to offer his customers a more innovative way to preserve and maintain their automotive investment, contact him at (970) 416-8313; or contact Kimberly Ballard at (256) 653-4003.