More of the same..

Here we are again at another ‘Tiger stripe’ job.

Tiger striping is explained in detail on one of our other blog entries, so I will briefly explain what we mean by ‘Tiger Stripes’  It’s damage that are caused by the use of a cover on either a dirty, or faded surface.  The natural movement of the cover, and the faults on the Caravan or Motorhome surfaces, cause a dark blotchy, stripy effect that cannot be removed without specialist skills and products, such as our Restoration service.

cath1 This photo demonstrates exactly what we can see when we assess a cover damaged job.  The cause of this issue was the fact the Motorhome was faded and dull, and the use of the cover removed some of this dullness in patches, hence ‘Tiger stripes’

This is often blamed on the cover, but it’s not actually the covers fault, it’s a natural occurrence that is unavoidable if you cover a dull surface.  This also applies to a shinny surface, that was covered dirty, where exactly the same effect will be seen, but the opposite way round.  This sounds more complex than it actually is, but once you understand this, it becomes pretty obvious.

 

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Here we have the same bonnet, with half of it restored to show exactly what we mean, and this makes the dullness extremely obvious to the naked eye.  Tiger stripes, fading, swirls, and general tarnishing are all the same to us, and all taken care of with the same ‘Restoration’ service.  As you can see pretty clearly, we are more than capable of returning the factory finish with this process, and stop the issues from happening again with the correct aftercare processes and products.

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This is the same job, and this 2007 Cathago now looks as good as new, removing all the damage from the surfaces, then followed with a full coat of wax to prevent it from happening again in the near future.  Once again, our customer was blown away with his Motorhome finish, and told us that it’s never looked this good in all the time he’s owned it…

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Going up in the world..

Here’s something a little different, no actually a lot different to our day to day operations.  Yes, a helicopter.. Well the screen of a helicopter to be more precise.   Part of our ‘Restoration’ work  is the windows on Caravans and Motorhomes.  These are nearly always covered in swirls, branch marks and sometimes far worse, leaving a hazy outlook through the window, that will look awful in certain lights and direct sun.

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We’ve always said, if you cannot feel it with your nail. we can Restore it.  Once Restored, the windows will have a far more crystal finish, making it far nicer to both look at from the outside, and look out of from the inside.

Restoring Acrylic, Perspex, and general clear plastics, takes a huge amount of skill.  There is a very fine line between Restoring a transparent surface, and distorting it beyond repair.  This is even harder when you consider that Caravans and Motorhomes have double glazed units, making the risk of delaminating if too much heat is transferred through our machine polishers, literally causing both pains of Acrylic to come apart from each other. (something we’ve seen several times after a poor attempt to fix an issue)  Also you have to consider the products you are using to both Restore, and to protect afterwards.  None of these products can contain certain ingredients, because of the risk of future ‘Micro-fracturing’  something that’s well reported by the acrylic manufactures, and what they use to blame for certain issues, but I personally have yet to see conclusive evidence that this is the case.

Anyway.. As you can see above on this 1990’s Helicopter, they have a very similar material to the windows we restore.  It wasn’t until an engineer in Kent contacted me a few years ago and asked if we’d attempt to fix a scratched poor looking set of helicopter screens.  After he told me that if I couldn’t, they’d have to be changed anyway, and that cost was an insane amount of money, that we agreed he had nothing to loose by letting us have a go.  We carried out this job, fixed the issues, and saved the helicopter owner thousands of pounds, and the rest is history as they say.  We’ve now done loads of helicopter screens, and even a couple of side windows on a multi-million pound jet, where an amateur used the wrong cleaning equipment to wipe the windows, and scratched them.  As the pilots always explain to us, when they are flying and the sun is directly ahead of them and all they can see is a halo of swirls, this can not only be very dangerous, but very annoying as we can all imagine!

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This helicopter in todays blog was owned by one lucky chap, who used the wrong side of a scouring sponge to clean off bugs after a flight.  (strangely a far more common issue than you’d imagine, and something we’ve seen in Caravans and Motorhomes many times)  People don’t always realise just how easy it is to damage these types of plastics, plus they don’t realise how harsh the rough side of a washing up sponge actually can be.  When I saw this job, even I was sceptical i’d be able to fix this one.  Thankfully after a lot of very delicate and very precise machine work, I removed all evidence of the damage, and the owner was understandably ecstatic with the result.