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five year clean

Now that I have the old van back home it needs a clean, parked on a London bus route for 5-6 years with no cleaning means the pain is really dull and flat, what would you suggest to bring the shine and colour back (white) it needs to be fairly easy as I'm not as fit as I used to be, I'm also wondering if I should farm the job out, and suggestions for a company near Bradford?
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First question is whatís the surface! GRP or painted metal? If itís GRP then you are going to need a professional service, and thatís likely to cost!

A lot of people on a caravan forum sing the praises of this chap.

http://www.tourershine.co.uk/

Paul is VERY helpful and gives his advice freely and at length.

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How about a before and after picture Kev?

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@Mrplodd Its the old self build I did in 2011

@Drew hmm good idea it looks awful right now, I'll go get some pictures before it gets too dark.
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Before pictures, dunno when I'll get it cleaned and polished might leave it til spring, it's on SORN for now.


Bonnet has a big dent in it but I have a replacement in the garage, and I have the back off side plastic on order.
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I would suggest that as itís clearly metal bodied rather than GRP that the first thing you try is ďMeguires Qwik ClayĒ Itís an odd product, it comes with a lump of putty like material and a spray bottle of liquid. You knead the putty into a flat blob, spray the liquid onto the bodywork and then gently rub the putty around in circular movements in the liquid. First off it feels like you are trying to sandpaper the bodywork and then, suddenly, all goes smooth.

I have no idea how it works but it drags all the surface contaminates like tree sap, road grime etc off. The finish it leaves is, literally like glass. I have no idea how it does what it does, I reckon itís actually Voodoo

I got put onto it when I got lime sap on a two week old car. I tried just about everything with zero effect until a car mad pal told me to give it a go. It worked!!

The beauty of it is that you donít have to rub like you are trying to grind the surface away, just let the stuff glide on the liquid until it all goes free and easy.

https://www.meguiars.co.uk/video-meg...y-starter-kit/

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I had my roof cleaned up by Tourershine and they did a super job. However their process doesn't stay shiny for ever. I use Silky on my moho. and Turtle Wax on the Fiat bit. I just do it bit by bit as I can manage.

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Thanks Andy, I'll look into that, but it might be too big a job for me, there are a couple of bits of paintwork which need attention so I might get it washed, painted and the get the whole van buffed.
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If you use clay:-



- make sure you have warmed it up. I do this by hand but you can pop it into a mug of hot water too. Then knead it to make it malleable.



- make sure to use plenty of lubrication otherwise you will scratch the surface.



- keep folding it once you have made a pass or two as it will pick up.


- if you drop it on the floor (likely) discard it.


- change the piece you are using regularly as otherwise any gritty bits will come back to the surface of the clay.


- do not use a circular motion or else you will get swirl marks. Try and do straight lines if you can, following the contours of the bodywork where appropriate.



Just to let you know I have used clays for quote a few years when car detailing and you do learn by bitter experience!


It's not a tough job to do really and very rewarding.


You need to wash and dry the vehicle first before doing the claying. Then wash and dry the vehicle again after the claying. Then you then need to polish and then seal with wax really.


Hard work but you get a great finish. Its not a quick process but if you have time maybe split the job over 2 days.



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