CASE STUDY

Tommy's Express Carwash

Tommy’s Express Car Wash has 53 franchises nationwide with 56 additional locations coming soon. As frontrunners in the car wash industry, their facilities use state-of-the-art wash tunnels designed with equipment to automatically adjust to every vehicle size and shape.

Product Utilized:

 Liquisol sOOp Cleaner – Preparation of the polycarbonate roofs was the first essential step taken. Once completed and dry, the roof was ready for its next and final application. 

LIQUISOL 4EVERblue – Applied with Grayco Paint Sprayers, this dynamic liquid solar control paint transformed the roofs from soaking up sun, heat, and glare to becoming “cool” translucent overhead coverings. 

SITUATION

Tommy’s Express Car Wash has 53 franchises nationwide with 56 additional locations coming soon. As frontrunners in the car wash industry, their facilities use state-of-the-art wash tunnels designed with equipment to automatically adjust to every vehicle’s size and shape. With their proprietary car wash system gaining impressive popularity, Tommy’s Express Car Wash earned its spot as one of the “Hottest Franchises“ in 2020. However, due to its 5,500 sq. ft. polycarbonate rooftop, the word “hottest” also described conditions inside their facilities. Though the goal for allowing natural light was met, the solar energy entering through the roof caused unbearable conditions for both employees and customers. 

Additionally, depending on the angle of the sun, a blinding beam of light would move overhead throughout the day and cause extreme eye discomfort. Owners were worried if the intensity of these problems could hinder their business. Lastly, the longevity and durability of the polycarbonate roofs became another grave concern. 

Tommy’s Express Car Wash was in serious need of solutions for a structural performance to match the expertise of their car wash system. 

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SOLUTION

Tommy’s Express Car Wash needed to maintain comfort for its patrons and employees, especially when the sun’s heat became blistering hot. Not an easy task in their Florida locations with massive polycarbonate roofs offering zero energy efficiency. 

When they contacted Skylight Solutions USA, we knew that our LIQUISOL 4EVERblue solar reflective paint would reduce heat gain blasting through their roofs by a whopping 30%, block 99% of eye-squinting glare, add UV protection, eliminate the blinding beam of light hovering above, minimize maintenance and the expensive need for roof cleaning, and even prolong the lifetime of their roofs. With supporting documentation, LIQUISOL definitely captured their attention! 

A section of polycarbonate plastic coated with 4EVERblue was mailed to Tommy’s Express Car Wash corporate. Immediately impressed with the sample’s performance, their facility in Largo, Florida was scheduled for a LIQUISOL application. 

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RESULTS

The results were revolutionary. Temperatures prior to LIQUISOL were calculated at 129 degrees. Afterward? Even on the hottest of days, a comfy 85 degrees! Elated and relieved, Tommy’s Express Car Wash requested to have more of their locations treated. From start to finish, each project took approximately two days, without any business interruption. 

We first commend LIQUISOL for its exemplary outcome…. and special thanks to Kilgore Painting (one of our local dealers) for their significant contribution. 

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