Renewing the Finish on the Hymer Body

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  1. John & Joan

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    My 1992 S700 Hymer is suffering from in-grained dirty streaks in the plastic coated ripple finish of the body.

    My wife tried to clean them off last week with a Brillo pad and kitchen scourer paste. We can now see black dots through the finish.

    She now wants to try to paint over the finish. I think that this cannot be done.

    Any advice welcome.

    John
     
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    movan Funster Life Member

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    Crumbs Joan.... you took a brillo pad and a scourer to the motorhome bodywork ......... and you live to tell the tale:Eeek:

    Never mind what kind of paint ...... can you tell me where you found a man like that please.:Smile:
     
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    Brillo pad :Eek!:
    Sounds like a respray job.
     
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    I would have thought that after using the brillo pad you now have the perfect base to paint on! If you have ingrained marks on the plastic bodywork you could try using kitchen / bathroom cream cleaner CAREFULLY. Used to use this to remove scum marks on waterline of boat and it worked a treat. Please be careful and try an out of the way area first.
     
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    did you all miss the words PLASTIC COATING, I have plasic coating on a trailer top and not found a paint to stick to it yet so don't be in a rush. cellulose does not work.
     
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    Good point, not sure what the coating is on my 670. I have seen this era of Hymer with new paint jobs but I don't know what they used.
     
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    hi, i use lots of plastic coated aluminium or steel ,i spray it with two pack acrylic. the back of my trailer was done 10 yrs ago ,still ok. may get round to doing the new door panel one day. only been red for 4yrs so no hurry there. lots of trucks use the same material .becarefull if spraying at home as it uses an isocianite base (spelt some thing like that).i use an air fed hood when spraying.cheers alan.
     
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    Divorce.

    Definitely, divorce.

    In the settlement at least be generous enough to allow her psychiatric treatment.
     
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    Definitely not divorce. The area was only a small test area and a man on a galloping horse would not notice it. We can see the dots on a close up scrutiny. I did a similar bit and the finish wasn't any better using a propriety RV cleaning paste.

    The problem is trying to cover up or clean the other streaks. WE can see them but seeing the vehicle from a distance it looks OK. Hence my reluctance to do something like painting it that would make it obvious that it had been repainted.
     
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    Hi

    I wouldn't even consider painting unless you can afford to have it done professionally. It would only make matters worse.

    I would clean the rest of the van with Traffic Film Remover which is available from motor factors or try Googling and buy on line .. this will remove all the dirt, traffic grime, black streaks etc .. then give it a good polish with Autoglym or similar and live with the black spots.
     
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    As vwalan say`s acrilic is the way to go on plastic,,

    Why not try a bit of elbow grease and "T-Cut" and a good quality car type wax polish.. :thumb:
     
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    Hi you will have to get a specialised primer :thumb: ask at your local car paint suppliers who will tell you what is best for your van ( take the van for them to see ) On my van I had to buy paint/ primer for ali and one for plastic then I could use a normal primer for it all before the finished paintwork :thumb::Smile:
    terry
     
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    T-Cut? DONT, the ripple finish means that you just take the top off the dimples hence the small black spots which are patches of undercoat or even bare metal. After trying black streak remover polish with autoglym or similar to protect the finish. I agree that trying to repaint a small area will make it stick out worse than what it is now.
     
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    I think we all have to learn to live with them. Various polishes remove the black streaks but only for a limited time. If you get too house proud with aggressive cleaners then sooner rather than later you have no paint left.

    Maybe you can find some form of sticker to hide your doomed experiment.

    Saying that has stuck with me for 40 odd years.....

    Experience is the best teacher but the school fees are so high.
     
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