German quality

Well, after a long spell of rain, snow, ice, and more snow, we are back into the season with a bang.  Kicking off the year in style is this 2008 Burstner T625, on a rare Renault chassis, and even rarer automatic, with only 20k on the clock.

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What we have here is a one owner from new, high end, high quality German built Burstner, using a mix of the normal build materials that are common place for this great manufacture.  The standard steel painted Renault cab, coupled with an aluminium body, and a GRP rear panel.  This was booked in for our Restoration service due to the age, and the owners were not really sure what it needed, or what to expect.  They’d owned this beauty from new, and any issues are often hard to notice in these situations, simply because they deteriorate so slowly, that the owners often don’t see what we see straight away.  The cab and front roof was ok, due to the fact it was a paint and lacquer, and this system tends to not fade, but the body was all the usual dull faded, cloudy problems we see all the time on Motorhomes of this age, and sadly much, much newer.

You might just make out what looks like streaks under the window corners and from the roof, but this actually isn’t the usual streaks that Caravans and Motorhomes are so notorious for.  We’ve explained this in previous blogs, but it’s where the water naturally runs down the sides from certain points, and actually takes the oxidation with it, leaving those visible lines that are shiny.  It’s the rest of the side panels that are dull, and that’s what we are here to tackle.  The rear panel on this was full GRP, and totally dull.

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As people have come to expect from Tourershine, this is the finished result.  However, the lovely owners of this Motorhome didn’t actually know what to expect.  They had no idea how bad it had got over the years, and no idea what it would look like after we finished.  Thankfully they were out most of the day we were working, and had a rather nice surprise when we called them back.  In their words the Motorhome looked as good as the day they collected it new in 2008.  We’d fixed the only issues they knew about, and a lot more!  We knew it would be a pretty drastic transformation because we do so many Motorhomes that are faded, and tired looking, but I think because this had a slightly different mix of colours, from the nice painted cab, to the Blue bottom, this one was just a tiny bit more special from the norm.

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Discoloured Motorhome..

Today we have a very interesting job to share, a 2010 Pilote A-Class.  This job makes it a little more personally interesting for myself, because I own the 2015 version of this Motorhome, and they are not exactly the most common Motorhome we Restore. (possibly why I chose this manufacture for myself)

My customer contacted us to ask if we could help with her front panel.  The picture below doesn’t need a great deal of an introduction, because the problem is rather obvious.

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This was the photo I was sent to determine if we could fix her front panel discolouration, or advise that it would need re-painting.  It’s sometimes quite hard to work out if we can fix a problem from a photo, but they do help.  We responded with a 90% chance that we could vastly improve the front panel, and hopefully our Restoration service would tone down this obvious mismatch.  Once given the price options to Restore the front, or do the full Motorhome, the owner opted for us to do the full job.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a patchwork of different whites between the front and the sides.  The sides of this Motorhome are aluminium, the front is GRP, and the rear was ABS.  This many different materials, and the general lack of a regular polish, or a paint protection from new was only helping this inevitable state the job was in before we started.  The current owner had only purchased this Motorhome 12 months prior to us seeing it, and I suspect it looked this way when collected from the dealer.

Now, the way this normally works is a panel will discolour, or go yellow like this, because it’s faded and because the panel is dull, this makes any cleaning very tough.  You end up with a panel that tends to get very ingrained with general grime, and this makes things look yellow as in the picture above.  However…. this job wasn’t like this as i’d assumed from the photo we received.  Yes the front was dull, along with the sides being slightly cloudy, but it wasn’t this dullness that had made this job look as it does above.  Somewhere in it’s life, and not any more than 2-3 years ago, it’s had the full front panel re-sprayed.  I know this for two reasons.  1, the front panels are not a ‘painted’ finish so to speak.  They are a gelcoat finish that’s part of the manufacturing process when these front panels are constructed.  They don’t have a painted texture like this had.  It’s more of a smooth finish because it’s a painted gel they apply into the mould firstly, before the glass matting etc.  This leaves a much smoother finish, and looks lovely when these are brand new.  The second reason I know this isn’t original is simply because it was the wrong colour!  Who ever painted this front panel hadn’t bothered to match the actual colour at all.  This isn’t unusual and I suspect it was possibly painted because it had gone dull in the first place.  Pretty much no one other than Tourershine, can bring back these dull panels, and people give up trying, and have it painted at huge expense.  One of the reasons the painters struggle to match the dull panel, is because it’s dull.  So they match it to the dull yellowing colour and end up with what we can see above.  Common sense would tell any good bodyshop to match it to the sides, but common sense is a rare skill in this industry….

Anyway….

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As you can clearly see, we were able to Restore this back to a much better match.  Our Restoration process brought back the shine and with a very heavy machine polishing, I was able to tone down the off colour re-spray.  It wasn’t perfect in our eyes, but it was 100% better.  If this was originally done by us, and not re-sprayed, it would of been a perfect match, and the original finish.  Needless to say, our customer was extremely happy with the finish of her Motorhome, and with the correct aftercare, she shouldn’t need to see us again.  Our Restoration service at it’s finest.