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    Caravan and Motorhome Exterior Specialist
  • Birthday 11/10/1974

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  1. Thanks, I will try that myself. Exteriors i'm good with, but interior materials, and it's me asking for the advice.
  2. No. Spray the Caravan and Motorhome cleaner on the plastics and leave for 30 seconds, then wash with the shampoo as usual. I've yet to see a set of plastics that don't come up lovely with these products.
  3. Freedoms are a fibreglass shell, and therefor it's not painted, rather it's a gelcoat, so there possibly won't be a paint code. A good motor factors or paint supplier will be able to match the colour as close as possible. Good luck.
  4. If you are referring to the small blotches that often appear on the rubber trims of a Bailey, then these are so ingrained into the rubber, nothing conventional will shift them. If however you are referring to the general 'yellowing' that happens on all Caravan lockers, then Autoglym Caravan and Motorhome cleaner, in conjunction with Autoglym Shampoo/Conditioner, will remove the tarnishing quite easily. Bare in mine that some of the plug flaps (the textured style) will slightly improve, but often they don't come up as nice as the lockers. Most times after we've finished a job, the first thing a customer comments on, is how the lockers are now White.
  5. What you have, might not be what you think it is. We see loads of the newer style decals (the larger ones, that tend to have different designs incorporated into them) with what people often think are streak marks. They are actually where water has run from natural points, like the tiny joint gaps in awning rails, or any other point that make rain water run down from one single place as a constant flow. This often almost removes the design within the decal in a line, hence why you cannot remove what you think is a streak, because it's the decal design or colour that's been removed by the flow of constant water. This might almost sound daft, because you'd think the decal would be good enough to withstand this. The easiest way to determine this is to see if it's effected the line directly above and below the decal. Plus check if there is a corresponding joint in the awning rail, to allow the water to naturally flow from this point. The above reads more complex than it actually is, but should make sense.
  6. We moved from Stamford to Leicestershire about 8 years ago, but for some reason we cannot seem to remove the older information from Google, and we have tried to update it. It's never been a big problem, because it's pretty obvious on the first paragraph of my website that we are in Leicestershire, plus being a mobile business anyway.
  7. Not strictly true. UV won't effect GRP if you maintain it with either a wax a couple of times a year, or if you look at my Motorhome below, this was sealed with our own Paint seal when it was new in 2015. This hasn't been waxed since, only washed with the right products, and this is the result 4 years later after an hour of washing. If you maintain your pride and joy, or have it protected, it should stay looking this way for as long as you own it. My Motorhome is full GRP, but the same applies with all the other construction materials.
  8. We pass all our interior work to these guys https://www.regalfurnishings.co.uk They do a really nice job, and all the customers I send there are over the moon with the turnaround and results.
  9. After bouncing messages back and forth with the OP, this situation is not as straight forward as people might imagine. There is no real 'one way' DIY answer when it comes to this type of damage and fix. Ironically, we had a 2009 Lunar only yesterday in Leicester, that the owners storage site had sprayed a shed with exactly the same paint as this situation. As you'd expect, the storage owners tried a few things, the caravan owner tried a few other things, but after exhausting all the daft/bizarre internet remedies and advice they both realised this isn't a straight forward problem. Unfortunately some of the remedies they'd tried removed not only the shed paint, but also the caravan paint, thankfully they'd tested the worst products on the roof, where it's not so obvious to the owner in the future. The biggest consideration in these situation are 2 things: How old is the Caravan, and what is it constructed from. Yesterdays Lunar was a 2009, and the sides were aluminium, front and rear ABS. From experience the aluminium will be oxidised on the sides of a Lunar, the ABS won't be. This means the paint that hits the oxidised side will absorb into the oxidation, making it very difficult to remove, and even when you do finally remove the spots, you are left with a panel that has dozens of little patches. The fix is a full machine polish. Removing the oxidation across the whole side, thus removing the paint spots and as per yesterdays job, the whole Caravan looking like new again. The ABS is slightly different, because it still has it's shine, and therefor far easier to remove the spots with a very sight machine polish, without the need to do the full panel, although it makes sense to do it anyway. As for the above Caravan. This is a 2011 Bailey Orion. A full GRP construction, and totally normal to be dull at this age, and much newer in many cases. GRP is worse than aluminium for absorbing this type of damage, and it's far harder to restore. Any of the above remedies may of left the Caravan looking potentially worse, and very patchy. This only real fix, is again Restore the full panel, leaving it consistently glossy top to bottom. The issue in this situation is where do you stop?? The whole Caravan is dull, which is normal for this make and model. Do you restore the full Caravan, or do you fix the effected panel, leaving one glossy panel, and the rest dull. A newer Caravan, or one that's been correctly paint sealed from new, or even one that the owner waxes a couple of times a year might of been a totally different story with this this type of damage, but again it's sometimes easier to ask people like myself, who is more than happy to advise the best course of action, even if that means we don't actually do the job, rather than following some internet advice, that can potentially make things far worse. I might not get too involved on here anymore unless it's directly to do with my name, or my experience, but I do pop in every few days to have a quick read, and any PMs are sent directly to my phone, meaning i'm pretty quick at picking them up. I've said it several times before, but will again. I'm here to offer advice if it's not an obvious fix. People often ask why I give away this time, and it's simple. Without places like this, my business wouldn't be into it's 12th year, and for those that I just advise the best way forward, there are 10 fold those that have us do the work. Oh and as for yesterdays Lunar, the storage owners paid for all the work. This meant the Lunar owner had a full Restoration, turning their dull tired looking Caravan, back to it's factory shine, for the sake of a few spots of paint. They were rather happy as you'd expect
  10. Obviously thanks for the above recommendations. I will explain a little about the Bailey. A Bailey between 2000-2010 is pretty much the most common Caravan we rectify, simply because they have this issue with their side panels. Most other manufactures have problems with front panels, and sometimes rear panels, depending if they are GRP or ABS or even a mixture of both. Bailey used the better quality ABS front and rear panels, and therefor a pre All-tech Bailey issue is 90% the sides that cause problems. The Senator often looks worse below the Gold stripe, but will have issues top to bottom. The Pageant is a consistent cloudy top to bottom, as is the Ranger. The Ranger also has shrinking issues with their decals, but that's another story. Bailey will claim they've never heard of it. Dealers will often claim it cannot be rectified without being re-painted at huge costs. We've literally fixed 100's of them, and not once have we failed to achieve a glassy shine, as many of our Bailey Customers on here will testify. If the OP is seeing an inconsistent shine or patchy finish, this is almost always previous paintwork from damage in the past, and it's very common. Caught early enough and we can blend it back in. One of each of the Bailey range that we've Restored. All of these would of had exactly the same dull/cloudy/patchy side panels, and all looked like new once we'd finished with them. There is no real compromise on finish, they all Restore up lovely, and with the correct aftercare, they all last as long as they are maintained. Although these are all pre alu-tech models, the later Alutech has it's own problems, and again a very common Caravan for our Restoration work. Thankfully 99% of what we see, is perfectly fixable by us. Lastly, products like Super Resin and similar are fine on a glossy surface, but won't do anything to a faded finish, other than often look worse. You don't need to take my word of it, try it yourself and see the results. A friendly word of warning: As a business, we do not get involved with previous attempts at carrying out this kind of specialist work. We see far too often the results of 'valet companies' dealers and all sorts that have gone full on with a machine polisher and compounds. This often removes the tolerance we needed to do the job correctly, and the risk of us going through the paint is too high. So we no longer fix other peoples work for this reason.
  11. Yes, we cover the whole country. I was in Sandwich 2 days ago. If you need to enquire, just drop me an email enquiries@tourershine.co.uk Please bare in mind, we are into June/July now, and they are filling fast. 6-8 week lead times are pretty normal for us.
  12. Can I just clarify that wasn't anything to do with our work
  13. This is only really applicable if you live in Scotland, where we visit around 5 times a year (been twice already) We group all Scottish work together and carefully plan logistics that start us in one location, working our way round Scotland, until every job is done over several days. As Gordon suggested, it takes very difficult planning to get around 6-10 separate customers, in different locations to agree to certain times and dates. It only takes one customer to not be able to do a certain date or time, for the whole planning process to need re-starting. Difficult, but well worth it, we love our Scottish trips, and ended up in Inverness only a couple of weeks ago, where we went through this below, to a very nice sunny work location. (thankfully we still had the winter tyres on) Every other location in the country, it's done in a single day, meaning very early starts, a lot of miles covered, and a different part of the country every day of the week. (most of our jobs are a full days work) As for the comments above, this is why we do what we do, and it's all worth it, so
  14. I will add that to the list of benefits of our Restoration service
  15. Just to show you how they should look, here's a couple of Senator Series 6's we've restored. They should have a glassy consistent finish. This isn't a temporary fix, it's permanent if cared for in the right way, with the correct products.
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