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The Can-Do™ Project
Cause and Affect
The project started in late 1989 when I manufactured a clear fairing.  It was deep formed and like aircraft canopies was not scratch resistant.  I wanted the ease of an aerosol, with cleaning agents to power through bugs and road film without soap and water while leaving a tough protective finish. Aerosols for detailing already existed and, for the most part, were pretty good. But none of them offered the protection I wanted nor did they leave a tough durable shine.
After contacting several aerosol companies I finally found one willing to work with me to develop this hybrid polish.  We first blended synthetic polish with distillates and water and the first test sample was produced in 03-15-1990.  The combination cleaned beautifully, protected the surface being polished but these early formulas attracted dust. The culprit was the synthetic polish and we tried over 16 formulas before we found a synthetic that protected the surface from scratching without leaving a dust attracting film. The down side was that this blend fell short on leaving a tough durable finish… the synthetics literally burn off in days.  What we needed was an ingredient that would leave a tough durable premium past wax shine without all the work.
Carnauba Palm photograph by Amanda Elwell There is such an ingredient and it is called carnauba wax.  We knew if blended with antioxidants the carnauba would leave a tough past wax finish without going through the tedious hazing phase. There was one drawback… it’s expensive.  Regardless we wanted this formula to be the best so we began testing how much carnauba could the formula handle before “kicking out” (chem-e talk for separating back into its original components). The result is Formula Test # 26 which was made on 07-01-1991.  This formula was loaded with as much carnauba wax as possible. A formula that can be used as a detailer, a cleaner yet leaves a tough durable and superb finish. Can-Do™ lives up to its name and thanks to its lineage is an effective and efficient tool for keeping your craft including the canopy sparkling clean.