U.S. Airforce Report

In 1989, we were made aware of the existence of an opportunity to both independently test VIVILON's performance AND introduce VIVILON to the US Government purchasing agencies by participation in what the U.S. Air Force calls their Management and Equipment Evaluation Program (M.E.E.P.) We signed a bailment agreement with them and were entered into an initial screening process to determine if VIVILON could meet three requirements for full testing to begin.

First, VIVILON was tested to insure that it was safe for Air Force personnel to use.

Second, VIVILON was evaluated to make sure Air Force personnel could be easily trained to apply the product.

Finally, VIVILON's performance claims were assessed to determine whether, assuming our claims were accurate, VIVILON would be a truly significant improvement in existing operations to merit full in field testing. The purpose of this is to eliminate "me too" products that are similar to those already tested and currently purchased.

We passed all three tests and were directed to deliver five gallons of VIVILON to the base in Texas that was chosen and train Air Force technicians in its proper application.

After four years, we were given the report you see below. While we are pleased that its recommendation of use has opened many doors and produced substantial business for us among military agencies around the world, the part we are most proud of is the sentence we have highlighted in BOLD type...

THE VIVILON CLEAR COAT PROTECTANT PERFORMED AS CLAIMED.

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE
MATERIEL COMMAND
MANAGEMENT & EQUIPMENT EVALUATION PROGRAM (MEEP)


FROM: 615 SMSQILGTV 201 Biscayne Ave. Suite 2
Bldg 613
Eglin AFB FL 32542
26 Jan 94

SUBJ:

Report on Test Results from MEEP Project Nr V90-31 Clear Coat Protectant


TO: VIVILON Refinishing Systems
Attn: Bill Rice
9509 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL. 33156

1. The attached evaluation report is forwarded in accordance with provisions in Paragraph 12 of subject bailment agreement. Questions should be addressed to our project manager, CMSgt. Rich Richards, Air Force Management and Equipment Evaluation Program Project Manager.

Jacob L. Detweiler,

Chief, Air Force Management & Equipment
Evaluation Program

1 Atch.
Final Report

 

U.S.AIR FORCE
MEEP PROJECT

FINAL REPORT - CLEAR COAT PROTECTANT
Project No. V90-31
Bailment No.90-31

1. Project Description:

  • a. Purpose: Project established to determine, through actual field test/evaluation,if the VIVILON Clear Coat refinishing protectant offers any advantages over methods presently used to warrant adoption by the Air Force.

  • b. Product Evaluated: The VIVILON Clear Coat Refinishing Protectant.

2. Discussion:

  • a. The VIVILON Clear Coat Protectant was applied to two vehicles: a 1990 Ford Ranger Pickup and a 1980 GMC Truck-Tractor.These vehicles turned out with a high-gloss finish that did not require waxing. The VIVILON Clear Coat Protectant did perform as claimed by the manufacturer; vehicles are usually washed daily by vehicle operators. The VIVILON Protectant withstood repeatedly harsh weather conditions and high pressure washing with strong detergents.

  • b. Advantages: The advantages of the VIVILON Clear Coat is that vehicles with old, dull paint that otherwise would require compounding and waxing frequently will be restored to a high-gloss finish. The other advantage is compounding and waxing of vehicles is not required once the VIVILON Clear Coat is applied. The major advantage the clear coat had was its cost compared to that of repainting

  • c. Disadvantages: The only disadvantage noted on the VIVILON is that if wax is applied, swirl marks will appear on the surface of vehicles.One vehicle, a S-10 pickup was sprayed with VIVILON Clear Coat and vehicle operators inadvertently waxed the vehicle.The vehicle turned out with swirl marks that could not be removed*.

* Manufacturer Note:
Prior to 1990, "clear coats" on vehicles were less common then they are now. It is obvious this operator was not yet aware of how or with what to polish clear coats. Had we been consulted on this issue, the "problem" of swirl marks would have taken a five minute phone conversation to resolve. While not needed or required, VIVILON coated surfaces can easily be buffed, polished or glazed if desired.

3. Conclusion:

  • a. The VIVILON Clear Coat Protectant performed as claimed. We believe that Air Force personnel can be qualified to apply the VIVILON Clear Coat; and we can expect the VIVILON Clear Coat to last five or more years.

  • b. The VIVILON clear coat was determined to have advantages over the current method of protecting vehicle paint from fading. it was also found that man-hours and material cost, i.e., compound, wax, can be saved by eliminating the attempt of keeping appearance of vehicle paint in good condition.

  • c. Recommendation: Recommend the VIVILON Clear Coat Protectant be adopted for Air Force use.

On behalf of the Air Force, we wish to express our appreciation for your participation in this project. We welcome items for project consideration that have the potential for solving vehicle and equipment maintenance problems and improving equipment/vehicle effectiveness.  Point of contact 615 SMSQ1 LGTV, Air Force Project Manager CMSgt. Rich Richards

Rich Richards,
Air Force Management and Equipment
Evaluation Program Project Manager.