- 16 Aug 2017
- Chad Lombardo
- Jet Refurbishment
Sun King® Diamond Coating by Jean Boulle Luxury utilises a proprietary process to transform natural diamonds into a luxury coating that turns private jets, superyachts and supercars into sparkling works of art. The coating is applied using standard coating techniques and can even be repaired more easily than metallic or mica-based products.Back to Articles
Sun King® Diamond Coating by Jean Boulle Luxury utilises a proprietary process to transform natural diamonds into a luxury coating that turns private jets, superyachts and supercars into sparkling works of art. The coating is applied using standard coating techniques and can even be repaired more easily than metallic or mica-based products.
Unique Diamond Sparkle
After years of research and development Aviation Grade Sun King Diamond Coating was launched in 2017 in partnership with AkzoNobel’s AlumiGrip. As a result, Sun King combines the highest levels of aesthetic brilliance with industry-leading performance standards.
The gem diamond crystals in Sun King Diamond Coating produce multi-coloured reflections unlike any other product, and can be applied to any colour and on almost any surface. Indeed, a Bombardier Global Express recently became the world’s first diamond-coated aircraft. In addition, Sun King Diamond Coating has co-operated with a small number of leading luxury car manufacturers and private individuals to create truly distinctive finishes.
Each application of Sun King Diamond Coating is tailored to meet the precise requirements agreed with individual clients. The qualities of the diamonds in the coating mean that Sun King is applied on top of any colour a client desires as a clear coat in one, two or three coats depending upon how much sparkle a client wants to add.
Thus, Sun King works closely with clients, their designers and expert advisers to create exactly the right bespoke coating to meet their requirements.
Standard Coating Process
Despite the unique qualities of Sun King Diamond Coating it has been designed to be applied using standard industry coating techniques. No specialised equipment is required and Sun King Diamond Coating can be applied in a standard aviation coating facility.
The Bombardier Global Express was coated by SATYS at its Lelystad facility in the Netherlands working Jean Boulle Luxury and AkzoNobel.
Frans Groot, Sales Director at SATYS, who led the team for that project found Sun King Diamond Coating to be an exciting product to work with and straightforward to apply.
“We undertook some testing and trials to understand the product and how it worked. We were quickly able to develop a process for applying Sun King after some small changes to our standard application methods,” he explained.
“Once you start working with Sun King, it is quite forgiving and in my experience it is easier to repair than metallic or mica-paints. However Sun King’s great asset is the effect you can achieve: you can play with the intensity of the sparkles to achieve fantastic results,” he added.
The gem diamond crystals used in Sun King Diamond Coating are produced to meet a precisely defined tolerance – maintaining their unique multi-chromatic reflections.
Achieving this precision required the development of a new, patent-pending production process in conjunction with leading diamond experts over many years.
Jean Boulle Luxury works exclusively with AkzoNobel’s AlumiGrip brand for the development and production of Aviation Grade Sun King Diamond Coating, benefitting from AlumiGrip’s entire system and standard setting top coats. Sun King Diamond Coating has been subject to stringent testing and meets the AkzoNobel aerospace specifications.
The relationship with AkzoNobel means Jean Boulle Luxury is able to work with clients anywhere in the world and provide a full range of aftercare services through their global network.
In addition, Jean Boulle Luxury’s Yacht Grade Sun King Diamond Coating is based on AkzoNobel’s leading Awlgrip product.
Jean Boulle Luxury
Jean Boulle Luxury is part of the Jean Boulle Group which has a long track record of developing innovative materials for use in a wide range of sectors. These include patented technologies for the production of magnesium and nickel/titanium alloys used in the automotive and healthcare industries respectively.
Committed to transforming the diamond industry through research and development into new materials, Jean Boulle Luxury maintains a transparent and ethical supply chain that supports artisanal miners and pays attention to affected communities.