How to Repair Scratched Acrylic Windows

For the past thirty years or so, caravans in the UK have been supplied with double glazed acrylic windows. These have been a great benefit to caravan owners as they are lighter and have superior thermal insulation qualities than the traditional glass windows previously used. However, they have one major disadvantage over glass, they scratch very easily. For example, many a holiday maker has taken their caravan along narrow country lanes only to find when they reach their destination there are a multitude of scratches on the side windows which have come into contact with low hanging tree branches.

People with scratched caravan windows have found that they are very costly to replace. It is not unusual for a single side window to cost over £600. Replacement becomes very costly if two or three windows are damaged at the same time. It is no wonder why many caravan owners decide to just live with scratched acrylic windows.

However, with the right know how and correct equipment, it is possible to repair scratches in caravan windows. It is possible to carry out caravan acrylic window repairs by hand, but better results in a shorter period of time can be achieved by using a variable speed detail sander with three inch disks. Follow a methodical approach using finer grade disks at each stage.

Start with a 180 grade disk. Using a circular motion work over the scratches and keep the sander moving at all times. Do not apply too much pressure or concentrate on just one area as it is possible to burn the acrylic. The 180 disk will remove the deep scratches but it will make scratches of its own and make the acrylic opaque. This is ok. Now repeat the excise using a 320 grade disk. This will remove the 180 grade scratches and leave finer grade scratches. Repeat again using 500 then 1000 grade disks. By this stage all the opaqueness will have gone and only very fine scratches remain. These can be moved using a 3000 grade wet and dry pad. Apply a spray of water whilst working on this stage. By now all the scratches will be removed. The final stage is to apply polish at a low speed which will make the window shine and look as good as new.

It is important not to rush through the stages, nor miss out a stage as the scratches are gradually reduced. Each stage should show a visible improvement over the previous stage. If there is no visible improvement then repeat the stage. This process if carried out correctly will repair scratches in caravan windows. Be aware though that if the window is cracked through one of the two skins it is not safe to repair. If the window is this badly damaged it should be replaced.

So now you know how to repair scratched acrylic windows. Those trips along narrow winding country roads should not be so intimidating in the future because you know that if you have a mishap with overhanging branches, you can repair the damage when you get back home.

How To Go About Caravan Repairs And Buying Used Caravans

It is always nice to recall the days when a British holiday meant camping in a farmers field or beside the sea when the whole family trooped into a car with a caravan in tow, the children playing in the fresh air while you having dinner under the blue sky. This can be done again in style as it is making a come-back. British people across the country are making use of caravan trips during their summer vacations as the caravans are easy to pitch, are sources of great enjoyment and a sure-shot way to be able to lodge close to tourist destination. Due to the fact that the new caravans are expensive the used caravan selling business and the caravan repairing services are seeing an all time hike in their businesses.

To get a true taste of freedom, caravaning is the best way and even more profiting when travelling in a used caravan. Some sound advice is required regarding the use of the caravan and you can be sure of having a great trip wherever you feel like, the hills or the sea. However you must ensure that the caravan is in proper working condition or else the trip can be seriously hampered due the rains of UK.

It is always safer to buy caravans from reputed dealers and not from private individuals to ensure the quality of the caravan. You must be as careful about buying a caravan as you are about buying a second-hand car. It is advisable to buy from a business firm and get a receipt so as to make the law able to help you in the case of any legal problem. Even the best caravan repair services in the world cannot repair a caravan that has had a long-disregarded broken seam.

Caravans can provide a good place for an outdoor holiday only in sunny weather when it is warm and dry. Dampness does it harm in a major way. When the caravan is bought and it has been put to use it is an essential thing to bear in mind the condition of the caravan itself. The caravan must visit the caravan repair shop at the first signs of any damage such as a damp ingress or a cracked window seal to get the damage fixed.

Caravans’ repairs can be easily done by an expert if the damages are found out in time. The unsaid norm followed by all caravan owners is that the damage must be found out quickly and repairs must be done immediately. Instead of waiting for a damp ingress to spread over the whole ceiling and the walls it is better to take it to a caravan repairs shop and get it repaired. This will save both money and the caravan itself.

Let this information not dampen your spirits of a British holiday because caravans are mostly enjoyable provided you make your purchase from a reputed dealer. Remember to take the caravan for repairs whenever necessary as this will go a long way to keep the caravan in a great state.

Motorhome Body Repairs: Do You Know What Your Motorhome Is Made Of? Advice On Repair

Plastic mouldings ABS and GRP

Quite often, front panels are made from acrylic capped ABS plastic and some manufacturers have been known to use a gauge too thin for the purpose. These have been replaced under warranty in the event of failure, but this is not good news as this a standard material now for the fronts of caravans.

Different types of plastic

GRP (often called fibreglass) is usually rough on the unseen face and smooth on the other.

ABS plastic is normally smooth and shiny on both sides except when it is used for dark coloured bumpers where it tends to have a textured finish.

Although ABS can be repaired if necessary, there are far more GRP repairers out there who do a great job, partly because it is easier to match colours with GRP. Caravan repairers generally prefer to replace complete mouldings, which can be expensive. If you wish to attempt your own repairs, then in the UK you can buy Sikaflex 512 adhesive sealant and a surface filling compound. For more permanent repairs there are purpose formulated ABS repair kits which are more expensive at about £100.

Sheet GRP panels

These are often used in place of sheet aluminium which was used in the past. Skilful specialists can repair localised damage.

Monocoque body shells

These single moulded structures give massive strength and light weight. There seam free construction ensures there is never any ingress of water problems.

Aluminium skin

This was the traditional cladding for caravans, pre painted aluminium sheet. These are always full of holes as there are loads of screws holding all the external parts, like lights, number plates etc. When the bedding sealant fails, the caravan starts to leak and this is the normal demise of the previously dry van. When a caravan made like this receives damage, the normal strategy is to patch it up with a new piece of aluminium over the damage.

About campervan conversions

Campervans use their original vehicles steel bodies, so they are just repaired at a car body shop, just like a car would be. This is quite an attractive proposition when you think that any other body types may involve long waits for parts to arrive.