Calico was recently featured in Vintage Voice: The Vintage Volkswagen Club of America Newsletter in the popular column, “Technically Speaking with Jake Raby.” From high performance engines to daily driver performance engines, Raby has applied our coatings to a range of vehicles and parts for over 20 years. In this article, Raby details which of our coatings have been the most beneficial to his automotive passion projects.
Our Teflon Coatings are the highest recommended coatings of any that Raby has applied to air cooled engines. These coatings are used on metallic surfaces to provide heat and abrasion resistance, corrosion protection, low coefficient of friction and increase in lifespan. Thermal Coatings are used on ferrous and non-ferrous engine components to optimize thermal management of parts subject to heat, specifically on combustion chambers and piston crowns. Dry Film Lubricant Coatings are friction and abrasion resistant due to the intermittent dry lubrication process. These coatings are effective when applied to a wide range of components, including main bearings, rod bearings, cam bearings and piston skirt. Calico’s Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) Coatings are resistant to corrosion and degradation and provide increased hardness, coefficient of friction, roughness and adhesion level. DLC Coatings are specifically advantageous to camshafts/lifters, gearboxes and differentials. Ceramic Coatings are also effective for providing corrosion resistance and reducing the surface temperature of mufflers, headers and other components.
A full list of coatings used in Raby’s current “Project 1385,” a daily driver performance engine based from a VW 1200cc platform, is included in the article.
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