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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 5 hours ago #466880

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Hi, I feel some dumb! I bought a brand new caravan in Sept 18. used it once and put in in storage. Got it out of storage not long ago and there were some fairly stubborn water run marks from the winter (even though I had it wrapped up) nothing too bad, but didn't come off when I cleaned it. This is the horrendous part. I rubbed them off with a green scourer from the kitchen! Did the job, but as you can probably guess has removed the nice gloss finish to the panels. Damn! It's in 3 areas and fairly large - the area's where grubby water had stained. so a foot to 2 long and 3 inches wide.

How can I get the gloss back?? Can it even be done?

I'm so annoyed at myself!!

Thanks
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 5 hours ago #466881

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:ohmy: :blush: ooooff !

You could try Autoglym or Maguires but unsure off the result , any marks normally come off with a good rubbing off wax over it - on a soft clothe though ; in future there is a liquid called black stain remover for those kinda water marks !

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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 5 hours ago #466882

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Hi hanrahan100, welcome to the forum :)

Sorry to hear about your 'mishap'.

You could try polishing out the abrasion marks left by the scourers and then (as Craigyoung said) applying several layers of wax over the affected areas, difficult to say what kind of results you will achieve and much is dependant on the polishing outcome and the wax overcoating(s) selected.

Alternatively, a car body shop may well prove to be worth making enqiries with.

Personally I would try Autosol on the abrasions and then experiment with wax car coatings, I doubt if you will do anything to worsen the situation (go easy on the Autosol\abrasion removal).

If you can post photographs then that may help with advice you may receive on here.
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 4 hours ago #466883

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Can you feel the scratches if a fingernail is drawn across? If so they are too deep to remove completely, though some improvement should be possible. Start off with a car polish, which despite the name does contain a very mild abrasive. You will need to do this to polish out those scratches, but go carefully and try out on a small section of the least obvious damage. Caravan paint is notoriously thin so be careful.

If this looks like it will be a slow process, try Brasso wadding, again carefully. This is very good at removing scratches in plastic, but may leave a slightly hazy finish which needs to be polished out with the car polish again, to achieve the desired shine. Personally I would not use Autosol as this is designed as a metal polish, so a bit too aggressive IMHO.

As mentioned, Autoglym and others have dedicated product to deal with this problem.
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 4 hours ago #466884

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Anseo wrote:
Hi hanrahan100, welcome to the forum :)

Sorry to hear about your 'mishap'.

You could try polishing out the abrasion marks left by the scourers and then (as Craigyoung said) applying several layers of wax over the affected areas, difficult to say what kind of results you will achieve and much is dependant on the polishing outcome and the wax overcoating(s) selected.

Alternatively, a car body shop may well prove to be worth making enqiries with.

Personally I would try Autosol on the abrasions and then experiment with wax car coatings, I doubt if you will do anything to worsen the situation (go easy on the Autosol\abrasion removal).

If you can post photographs then that may help with advice you may receive on here.

www.practicalcaravan.com/forum/our-websi...ting-pictures#453457
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 4 hours ago #466886

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It may be possible to restore the shine as you have probably just dulled the paint/gelcoat with a load of small scratches. I have seen the same thing done to remove tar and bug spots from a Range Rover. A specialist detailer was able to correct the paint to a great standard, saving the owner a respray. This would have been achieved by using a Rotary or Dual Action machine polishing tool and a cutting compound.

If some polish such as G3 or similar does not make any difference, the professional route may be your only option: www.tourershine.co.uk/ specialises in Caravans and Motorhomes.
Paul
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 4 hours ago #466887

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Thanks for this and the other replies. I feel a bit better as it sounds as if I can definitely improve the situation. I'll have a go later this week and post the results.
Cheers
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 4 hours ago #466888

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hanrahan100 wrote:
Thanks for this and the other replies. I feel a bit better as it sounds as if I can definitely improve the situation. I'll have a go later this week and post the results.
Cheers

No probs good luck to , So what caravan have you got ?
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 4 hours ago #466889

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Yep, I should probably create a profile.
I have a Bailey, Pegasus Ancona GT70. Which is a lovely layout for us. Bunk beds, with dinette opposite and bathroom at the end. So nice and open.
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Newbie used abrasive cloth! 3 days 2 hours ago #466895

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Not cheap and it's almost impossible to buy in the UK so you'd have to wait for a couple of weeks for it to arrive from Poland, but Prima Amigo is a pre-wax glaze that will mask tiny scratches before wax application.
Wash and dry the caravan, if there are black streaks simply rub over with neat Fenwick's caravan shampoo, from a microfibre cloth, using a diluted solution as per instructions for the remainder.
Apply the Prima Amigo sparingly.

Buff the surface then apply thin coats of automotive wax such as Collinite or Meguiars, buffing to a shine between coats.

EDIT: p.s. Glazes and waxes are best applied using a sponge applicator and buffed with a fine microfiber polishing cloth.
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