Home

   Log in or Register



Insurance Quotes
forums Campsite Search Comp Directory tips virtual brochure Profile
Tent and Awning Reviews Competitions Caravans and Motorhomes For Sale Shopping Diary Contact Us

Advertisement

Message Forums

Welcome Guest Register Login Search The Forum Posts Since Last Visit
 Reception - All Forums
   Caravans and Caravanning -  Caravan Repairs, Servicing and Maintenance
Share   Tweet This!  Share on Facebook  Email  Printer Friendly Version Print
Subject Topic: Paint front GRP panel Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by jonjesk28/10/2014 at 8:00pm
Outfit:  2008 swift conqueror 540 Mazda cx5     Location:  wexford ireland
Joined: 09/9/2012
View jonjesk's Profile View Profile   Reply to jonjesk Reply   Quote jonjesk Quote  
jonjesk
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Posts:   76

Site Reviews Total:7
Site Reviews 2020:0  
Site Reviews 2019:0  
Site Reviews 2018:2  
Site Nights 2020:0
Site Nights 2019:0
Site Nights 2018:2

All, i know this has been done before but looking for advice re painting front panel [GRP]. the van looks decent apart from front panel, lots of cracking. dont want to go to huge expense but would like some info on the possibility of painting it myself. any help appreciated. thanks kevin

-------------
jonjesk

Message posted by jeff juke29/10/2014 at 8:59am
Outfit:       Location:  
Joined: 09/8/2010
View jeff juke's Profile View Profile   Reply to jeff juke Reply   Quote jeff juke Quote  
jeff juke
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Posts:   6855

Site Reviews Total:0
Site Reviews 2020:0  
Site Reviews 2019:0  
Site Reviews 2018:0  
Site Nights 2020:0
Site Nights 2019:0
Site Nights 2018:0

The "Cracking"is caused by flexing and painting over it wont solve the problem only delay it.

If your still wanting to paint the front i would use Plastikote which comes in all colours and is quite "Thick" so should fill in the cracking.




-------------
Animals have feelings..

JEFF................

Message posted by jonjesk29/10/2014 at 7:42pm
Outfit:  2008 swift conqueror 540 Mazda cx5     Location:  wexford ireland
Joined: 09/9/2012
View jonjesk's Profile View Profile   Reply to jonjesk Reply   Quote jonjesk Quote  
jonjesk
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Posts:   76

Site Reviews Total:7
Site Reviews 2020:0  
Site Reviews 2019:0  
Site Reviews 2018:2  
Site Nights 2020:0
Site Nights 2019:0
Site Nights 2018:2

thanks Jeff, i was thinking of filling the cracks with silkaflex, rubbing down to rid any grime and wax then plastikoting with three or four coats, appreciate that this may only last a couple of years but hopefully it would look better.
thanks
kevin

-------------
jonjesk

Message posted by trog10030/10/2014 at 8:29am
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 27/6/2014
View trog100's Profile View Profile   Reply to trog100 Reply   Quote trog100 Quote  
trog100
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Posts:   1414

Site Reviews Total:0
Site Reviews 2020:0  
Site Reviews 2019:0  
Site Reviews 2018:0  
Site Nights 2020:0
Site Nights 2019:0
Site Nights 2018:0

if its fibre glass it can be repaired and painted.. if its ABS plastic it cant..

with fibre glass the cracks need grinding out and filling the panel can then be re-painted..

trog

Message posted by uxb44302/11/2014 at 6:05pm
Outfit:  Santa Fe Swift Charisma 560     Location:  Staffordshire
Joined: 04/4/2013
View uxb443's Profile View Profile   Reply to uxb443 Reply   Quote uxb443 Quote  
uxb443
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Posts:   73

Site Reviews Total:3
Site Reviews 2020:0  
Site Reviews 2019:0  
Site Reviews 2018:0  
Site Nights 2020:0
Site Nights 2019:0
Site Nights 2018:0

trog100 is right. The cracks need grinding out.

Then re-layer the glass fibre as appropriate to the depth/width/length of the repair.

Then once filled and rubbed down make sure every scrap of wax\polish is cleaned off the rest of the panels; thoroughly mask up; 'mist' some plastic primer on; let that go off; then single or two pack primer and then the matching top coat (single pack or two pack to match the primer).

You should be able to get an almost perfect colour match if you use a good car paint supplier. Take a sample and they will mix it while you wait.

Have done many boat repairs this way. have sprayed gel coat dozens of times as well, but that is a bit more complicated.

If your base repair work is good and the spraying is done done well:-
a. It should look new.
b. It will last many years.

Advertisement


Message posted by Hissy10/11/2014 at 12:50pm
Outfit:  Talbot express clipper 571 xl     Location:  west sussex
Joined: 28/8/2014
View Hissy's Profile View Profile   Reply to Hissy Reply   Quote Hissy Quote  
Hissy
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Posts:   1

Site Reviews Total:0
Site Reviews 2020:0  
Site Reviews 2019:0  
Site Reviews 2018:0  
Site Nights 2020:0
Site Nights 2019:0
Site Nights 2018:0

Want to paint over the pitted vinyl wall covering in my motorhome any suggestions on doing this?? I was going to cover with PVA glue after I cleaned the walls and use kitchen emulsion .
When I say pitted it's not a smooth vinyl .
Many thanks Hissy.


In order to post a reply you will need to register, or if already registered please log in here

Prev       Next
Quick Links - All Forums - Caravan Repairs, Servicing and Maintenance - Top of Page

Printer Friendly Version Printable version      Share   Tweet This!  Share on Facebook  Email


Latest News, Discounts and Competitions  see all...





5824 Visitors online !

Free UKCampsite.co.uk Window Sticker  -  Recommend to Friend

[Message Forums]  [Caravan Sites & Camping]  [Company Listings]  [Features / Advice]  [Virtual Brochure]  [Shop!]
[Reception]  [Competitions]  [Caravans & Motorhomes For Sale]  [Event Diary]  [Contact Us]  [Tent Reviews

Please note we are not responsible for the content of external sites & any reviews represent the author's personal view only. Please report any error here. You may view our privacy and cookie policy here. All copyrights & other intellectual property rights in the design and content of this web site are reserved to the UKCampsite.co.uk © 1999 - 2020


Advertisement


Advertisement