LONG BRANCH POLICE CAPTAIN & AUTO DETAILER SELECTED TO DETAIL AIR FORCE ONE & B47 BOMBER AT SEATTLE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ JULY 31, 2013
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ July 31, 2013 — Long Branch police Captain and Finer Details detailer of West Long Branch, Bob Wiener has been handpicked to be one of 33 high-end detailers nationwide for the 2013 Supreme Team traveling to Seattle’s Museum of Flight August 5- 10 to detail a paragon in American aviation history — the original presidential jet plane known as Air Force One. Wiener and the team led by Master detailing connoisseur, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success & Attention to Details, will restore the shine on the AFO Boeing 707-120, as well as the sleek Boeing B-47 Stratojet bomber that guards the south entrance to the Museum.
The AFO SAM (Special Air Missions) 970 was a flying Oval Office for U.S. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, but now sits on the tarmac at the Museum of Flight, exposed to Seattle’s infamous climate and torrential rains. It has not been cleaned in over two years.
Servicing the Central Coast of New Jersey and Monmouth County, Wiener is no stranger to sophisticated detailing jobs. In January, he joined several of Doyle’s New England team members in refurbishing 11 damaged fire engines and emergency vehicles in Union Beach, NJ that were hit hard during Hurricane Sandy. Last June, he joined the team in four antique fire apparatus trucks scheduled for display at the upcoming New Jersey Fire Engine & Equipment Museum at Allaire State Park.
“I have always felt my customers deserve the very best detailing services so I decided to mentor under the best in the business,” he says. “Attending Renny’s training has made me a better detailer in every aspect of my business from providing superior customer service and using only the highest quality products, to offering advanced paint correction and interior cleaning techniques that protect and maintain your investment.”
According to Doyle, who has detailed AFO four times in the past decade, he is proud to share the experience with Wiener. “I have carefully selected my team because there is no room for mistakes in detailing this $100 million airplane,” he says. “I need people who will stop short of nothing but perfection and Bob is one of those people.”
“This is a special opportunity that has arisen at an important point in my career,” says Wiener. “I am honored to be a member of such an 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.”
For more information on the 2013 Air Force One & B47 Bomber project at the Seattle Museum of Flight, contact Bob Wiener of Finer Details at 732-675-9639.
ANTIQUE FIRE ENGINES GET A NEW SHINE & REFURBISH BEFORE 21ST ANNUAL TRI-COUNTIES FIRE APPARATUS SHOW & PARADE
ROCHELLE PARK, NJ June 18, 2012 — Four antique fire apparatus trucks schedule for future display at the upcoming New Jersey Fire Engine & Equipment Museum at Allaire State Park are undergoing complete refurbishment and spotless detailing this week in Howell, NJ, just in time for the 21st Annual Tri-Counties Fire Apparatus Show and Parade on June 24 at Thompson County Park in Jamesburg, NJ. Retired Jersey City police officer Harry Sandwith of Dirty Harry’s Detailing has called together a team of the country’s finest high-end detailers to help. Sandwith and his son Joseph, an active duty Jersey City police officer, have invited mentor and professional detailing authority Renny Doyle of Attention to Details in Big Bear Lake CA; Jason Pollock of Detailing Inc., on Long Island, NY; Robert Wiener of Finer Details in West Long Branch, NJ; Christopher Evangelista of East Hanover’s new Noble Elements; and Fred Topinka of Alternative Car Storage in Rochelle Park; to join them in this prestigious, pro bono endeavor.
Three of the trucks, a 1947 and a 1976 Ford chassis built by Woodbridge Township, New Jersey’s own TASC Fire Apparatus; and a 1950 GMC chassis built by Detroit, Michigan’s General Fire Truck Company belong to the Naused family, a private collector and long-time members of the Tri-Counties Antique Fire Association. “Eventually they will probably find a permanent home in the New Jersey Fire Museum, but right now, we enjoy displaying them at events throughout the community for the kids,” says Bill Naused.
Already promised to the new museum, its fire safety education center, and New Jersey Fallen Firefighter's Memorial when it is completed, the fourth truck, a 1974 Young, was still active until a couple of years ago. Under the care of Ed Burdge, a member of the Board of Directors for the NJFE&EM, it has a trailer hitch used to move other equipment and engines like the museum’s hand-drawn buggy style, around to firefighter-related community events.
“I first saw the trucks a few weeks earlier at a Knights of Inferno event, which was raising funds for the museum,” Sandwith explains. “It took me back to my grammar school days when teachers took you down to the Firehouse at Ferry Street and Central Avenue, and the firefighters let you climb around on the trucks and ring the bell. I spoke to Bill about how our team could bring out the maximum shine on these historic vehicles.”
Due to his generational relationship with police and fire rescue throughout the Jersey City area, the project lends itself to the very best of Sandwith’s own detailing specialization in reconditioning high-end automobiles, boats, motorcycles and other big boy toys. The entire team received their professional detailer’s certifications from Doyle’s Attention to Details training program, and several members of the team traveled to Seattle’s Museum of Flight last summer to detail the celebrated Air Force One presidential airplane and a selection of other classic museum pieces including a WWII B29 Bomber.
Each team member brings his own niche to the project and they will use a variety of specialized tools and products utilizing meticulous application techniques to protect the fire engines’ original shine. Dirty Harry’s European steam techniques promise an eco-friendly, water-based deep interior cleaning to remove deep-down grime and interior odor and bacteria removal, as well as headlight and taillight restoration, dark-colored paint correction, seat and headliner cleaning, and careful polishing of all paint, metals, plastics and fiberglass to remove oxidation and restore the original shine.
West Long Branch — It isn’t a job for anyone afraid of heights, ladders, harnesses, and bucket lifts, but those are the job requirements for high-end detailers these days.
Armed with a Flex polisher and SONAX Perfect Finish polish, Long Branch police officer Bob Wiener of Finer Details rode the booms up to polish the paint on the original Air Force One (AFO) presidential jet’s wing, fuselage, and nose. He then tackled the badly oxidized paint on the supersonic Concorde Alpha Golf. Both historic airplanes are on exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
Part of an annual pro bono detailing project led by master detailer and trainer Renny Doyle of California’s Attention to Details and Detailing Success, Wiener is a two-time member of the elite Air Force One Detailing Team who has been restoring the paint on AFO since 2003. This year they also began a restoration detail on the supersonic Concorde Alpha Golf as well.
Handpicked out of over 250 detailers nationwide, Wiener is a veteran team member with a great deal of experience polishing the presidential jet’s bright work (aluminum) and cleaning contaminants from the paint, which was in excellent condition this year, compared to past years.
“This year, we moved AFO into a preservation rather than restoration phase in preparation for its permanent indoor exhibit coming next year,” says Wiener. “Last year, we used professional-grade SONAX Perfect Finish Polish with a permanent nanocoating we thought would protect it against the weather and we were right.”
The Concorde, which will remain on the tarmac indefinitely is exposed to Seattle’s torrential weather and has never been detailed since arriving at the museum in 2003.
“Even after washing the dirt off, the paint on the Concorde was badly oxidized making it cloudy, and in some places the paint is flaking due to neglect,” says Wiener, whose Finer Details provides high-end paint correction to customers on the Central Coast of New Jersey and Monmouth County.
“We began correcting the paint and removing all the contaminants from the Concorde’s fuselage, wings, and nose. When we got started, the Concorde was a dingy off-white. When we left, it was a brilliant, sparkling white.”
Wiener is also one of the “Jersey Crew” three AFO team members (one ex-Jersey City cop, one retired career firefighter in Flemington, and Wiener, who is still a fulltime Long Branch police officer) located in NJ who come together voluntarily to help with state community projects. They have refurbished fire and emergency vehicles in Union Beach, damaged during Hurricane Sandy; and restored four antique fire apparatus trucks for the New Jersey Fire Engine & Equipment Museum.