The beast of Bodmin Moor..

Ok, not quite an elusive wild cat in the depths of Cornwall, but it got your attention… The first part is true though, it is a beast!  In fact it’s possibly the biggest Motorhome (RV to those who prefer)  that we have ever Restored.  It looks far bigger than the pictures show, or it felt bigger when we were machine polishing it.

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What we have today folks, is a mid 90s American RV thats constructed using full fibreglass panels.  This job was as we’d expect, dull, tired, faded, weathered, green, and generally in a poor exterior state.  The picture above is after our initial wash off (that took 2hrs) You can see Lee starting the specailised Restoration process, cutting through the years of oxidation and bringing back that stunning factory shine.  Note how the full vehicle has zero reflection, and has the normal matt white finish we see all the time.

This picture shows clearly the top half that we have worked, against the bottom that has yet to be Restored.  It’s always pretty obvious to us as professionals, but the dullness is not alwaysbus 2 to our customers.  This is mainly because they see a consistent matt finish from top to bottom, and because this finish is white, many owners presume this is the finish they came with from new.

In basic terms, a panel would of had a glossy finish from the factory, and we are here to bring that finish back, regardless on how dull a panel has become.  Many of our other blog posts go into depth on how we can fix this issue, how it happens, and how to judge your own surfaces.





Below is the finished job, and I think you can agree, that it looks a lot better.  Compare this with the 1st picture, and you will see the reflections are now obvious.  This job took hours, and hours of machine work, finished with protection to prevent the dullness coming back. The job was extremely satisfying as you can imagine, and when our customers returned to see their RV, they were understandably stunned at the result, and their ‘Testimonial‘ followed shortly after.

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RV’s are not the most common job we carry out at Tourershine, but we’ve had our share of them.  They are no different to Restore, than any other job we carry out, and we look at the the same.  Yes, they can be a little more expensive to Restore, and this job took the same time as 2 standard Motorhome Restorations, so this is to be expected, but considering our customer looked at potentially Re-Painting this monster, the price was a fraction of this, and the bonus of keeping it original far outweighed the cost, and hassle of a re-spray to achieve pretty much the same end result.

Tourershield service 4 years on..

Our latest blog is to show the reason why we feel a Paint sealant in our industry is imperative.  The Motorhome below is a 2013 Bailey Approach that we applied our Tourershield paint sealer from new.  We were called by our customer who asked if we’d come along and assess if the product might need re-applying as it had been applied over 4 years ago.  Although we do always recommend these services on Caravans and Motorhomes, we rarely get to see a job we did several years later to inspect the longevity of the work we carry out.  This was the perfect chance to see just how the product has done over the years.  Upon arrival we found the Motorhome to be in a general after-winter state, with a lovely green roof, and lots of black streaks on one side (it was parked slightly sloped over, allowing the water to drain from the roof down just the one side)  plus an array of tarnished trims and locker surrounds.  All this is to be totally expected, and just a standard looking job for us.

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The above picture shows the general state of the Motorhome half way through our initial washing off stage.  Now, bare in mind that we always give aftercare advice with our Tourershield service, and this includes the products that we feel are the best for the job.  The products we recommend are exactly the same products we use within the business every day, and easily available to a customer from many outlets.  We don’t ask people to buy ‘special’ aftercare top ups, or gimmicky products that are only available from us to be ‘up sold’  The products are not Caravan and Motorhome specific, like some other ‘Paint Seal’ providers insist on.  Just good quality products that are perfectly safe to be used with the sealer we apply, and with the surfaces we work on.  As you can clearly see above, the grime and greenery is washing off with very little effort, even after it’s been up there for so long.

To put things into perspective, we would normally find a 2013 GRP Motorhome like this one, to be dull and cloudy, needing a costly and time consuming Restoration service.   We’ve Restored dozens of the same Bailey Motorhomes from this era, and sadly even newer ones.  The same goes for the Bailey Caravans that are built using GRP sides, including many Bailey Orion’s that are as new as 2015.  This isn’t just a Bailey specific issue.  It effects most manufactures, but i’m referring to Bailey as a manufacture, because this is the example i’m featuring today.  This applies to most Caravans or Motorhomes, unless as we can see below, they are either sealed with a good quality and well applied Paint seal, like this one has with our Tourershield service, or the owner has regularly waxed their Caravan or Motorhome themselves, or they used a cover all year round.

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As the picture clearly shows after a good wash, the sides show no sign of fading, weathering, cloudiness, or tarnishing.  The Tourershield has done it’s job exactly as it should.  Best of all, in my opinion and again as you can see above, there really is no need to re-apply the sealer this moment in time, and the customer won’t need to pay out for that service again just yet.

These products and services will always have their share of sceptics, and in my opinion these sceptics are often basing their personal opinions on previous experience of these services on their cars, which is a totally different surface and situation, or they’ve had these services on a Caravan or Motorhome and it’s failed in some form due to a mistake with aftercare, or simply not being applied correctly in the first place. (exactly why you need to be confident that your paint seal is being applied correctly)   The fact that this example still looks this good at 4 years old, after a simple wash is testament to the longevity and quality of the products, and more importantly our initial work 4 years ago.  Caravans and even more so, Motorhomes cost a huge amount of money when purchased new, for a fraction of that initial cost, you can be confident your investment isn’t going to look older than it should in such a short period of time with our Tourershield service.