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Hi All,

              Just bought a 2009 Adria Adora 612 DP, its in great condition but the outside has lost its shine and am wondering what people use to clean and bring back the shine 

Regards

Pat

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Quite a lot of people use a company called Tourershine as he is amazing in the results he achieves on caravans.

He does cover the whole country but you may have to wait a while until he has enough in your area to make the journey worthwhile.

It is not cheap , but very very good.

 

Have a look at his website.

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Hi Brecon,

                       Im in Ireland should have said in post so dont think this would be a solution which is a pity cos sounds like a great service 

Regards

Pat

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Hi Pat, sorry to have raised your hopes, but I guess Paul may baulk at travelling all the way over there.

However, I do know that he primarily uses Autoglym products if that is of any help.

 

Perhaps it would be worth contacting him and asking him for his advice.

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4 hours ago, Pat Meade said:

Hi Brecon,

                       Im in Ireland should have said in post so dont think this would be a solution which is a pity cos sounds like a great service 

Regards

Pat

Have a trip over to the UK and drop your van off with him for a day?

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I use Autoglym Super resin Polish, with a spray on wax on top of that. Easy to apply and gives good results.

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Is the external skin GRP or painted aluminium as different surfaces require different treatment. If it’s GRP and the surface has gone “flat” (as in dull) then getting the shine back isn’t really a DIY job.

 

I would suggest you search for “Tourershine” on this forum and send him an email asking for his advice. The chap has being doing exactly what you are in need of for a long time professionally so knows his subject very well. 

 

There have also also been numerous threads on this very subject. Time to become acquainted with the search facility!!

 

Andy

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Thanks all will check out the forum for posts by others then decide what to do 

Regards

Pat 

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Check THIS out under polishing

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First of all, thanks for all the recommendations above, it warms the cockles. 

 

Your Adria will be a full GRP body, Adria have been building them this way a lot longer than the UK manufactures cottoned on.  This is quite possibly why you're looking at a dull Caravan if compared to a more traditional Aluminium sided Caravan.  

GRP is super tough, and a much more superior construction materiel in my opinion, but it will fade quickly and go dull of not maintained correctly.   

Another common problem that effects Adria are the roof panels.  They are a different Fibreglass to the sides, and not as robust, in that they can initially fade faster than the sides, and keep getting worse.  This is more obvious when you look at the parts that you can see from below, where the roof bows over the front and rear.  If this surface has what look like dark patches, or tiny scratches that are often described as looking like someone has used a scouring pad to wash it, this is where the gelcoat has totally failed and become so thin it's almost transparent. 

This issue won't effect the use of the Caravan, but it cannot be fixed in any other way than a very expensive re-spray.   This effects both the Adria Caravan and Motorhome. 

 

Sadly as mentioned above, your Adria will need professional help.  There will be several common methods advised as a DIY, and they might slightly improve the surface, but I doubt anything short of a pro going over it will bring it back to a factory finish. 

 

Also to pick up on another comment made about us not being cheap.  

This is a misconception that doesn't take into account what is actually involved with our services, specially the Restoration side of things.  We use compounds that equate to around £70  a litre, in comparison to a none specialist 'car' compound off the shelf that is around £5 a litre.  Machine heads at £10 each (we can easily use 4 per job) not to mention we charge roughly the same for a job 10 miles from us, as we do for a job 200 miles from us.  As mentioned, we do use a lot of the Autoglym range, but this is only for the finishing work.  None of Autoglym's products will get you to a point that you are happy with.  They are more for a maintenance afterwards. 

We also have to pay a specialist tailored insurance that covers us to work on Caravans or Motorhomes which costs several thousand pounds a year.  Along with all the other business expenses that we incur as a niche company that carries out a service no one else in the UK offers directly to Caravan and Motorhome owners only.  

My prices reflect all of the above, and cannot be compared to what a standard 'valeter' would charge for a far lesser job.  That isn't taking anything away from what these guys offer.  They can often turn around multiple jobs a day, where as most days we can only just fit 1 job in, because of the hours of work needed. 

I know that comment was not made as a negative, and I didn't take it as one, rather an excuse to quickly justify what I sometimes read about what we do.   We are not the cheapest company in the country, but we are the best at what we achieve with our Restoration service.  An average price of £350 for a Caravan, against a dealer that will tell you a faded Caravan either cannot be rectified, or more commonly, needs a full re-spray at a cost of thousands.  We've seen that many times, and it's rarely necessary. 

 

A simple rule of thumb when it comes to these services:

If you just want your Caravan cleaned, then you need a local valeter that has experience of Caravans.  This should cost you around £65-£85.  Much less and they will be using products that are far too aggressive to make things fast for them.  This will leave your whole Caravan nice and clean, but won't fix any of the dull panels or other specialist issues with your surfaces. 

 

If you do have a dull, yellowing, patchy and generally tired looking Caravan, then you need a far more experienced specialist, and this should be costing you between £300-£500 on a Caravan.  This should in 9 out of 10 cases, leave your Caravan pretty much as it left the factory. 

 

I hope all the above helps out the OP and if you are ever in England, give us a shout. 

 

Paul

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:Thankyou:

 

:goodpost: As always!

 

If only ALL businesses offered such good advice.

 

Andy

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Just to qualify the point I raised about price, it was not meant to be a negative but I know that it costs you a lot of money to do the magic job that always do, with the specialist products.

 

You have explained in detail why and that is so refreshing and clarifies the reason that it is more expensive than trying to use "ordinary" products and hope to get anywhere near your finish.

 

The extra cost is well worth it and in no way was I trying to decry you.

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17 hours ago, Brecon said:

Just to qualify the point I raised about price, it was not meant to be a negative but I know that it costs you a lot of money to do the magic job that always do, with the specialist products.

 

You have explained in detail why and that is so refreshing and clarifies the reason that it is more expensive than trying to use "ordinary" products and hope to get anywhere near your finish.

 

The extra cost is well worth it and in no way was I trying to decry you.

 

 

As mentioned in my post, I didn't take what you said as a negative at all, so don't worry. 

Rather, I used your post as a good excuse to explain why specialist work like ours costs what it does.  

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I use a 3M marine boat polish on my GRP Bailey and it gives very good results. It was not badly oxidised though.

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