How to Repair Scratched Acrylic Windows

For the past thirty years or so, caravans in the UK have been supplied with double glazed acrylic windows. These have been a great benefit to caravan owners as they are lighter and have superior thermal insulation qualities than the traditional glass windows previously used. However, they have one major disadvantage over glass, they scratch very easily. For example, many a holiday maker has taken their caravan along narrow country lanes only to find when they reach their destination there are a multitude of scratches on the side windows which have come into contact with low hanging tree branches.

People with scratched caravan windows have found that they are very costly to replace. It is not unusual for a single side window to cost over £600. Replacement becomes very costly if two or three windows are damaged at the same time. It is no wonder why many caravan owners decide to just live with scratched acrylic windows.

However, with the right know how and correct equipment, it is possible to repair scratches in caravan windows. It is possible to carry out caravan acrylic window repairs by hand, but better results in a shorter period of time can be achieved by using a variable speed detail sander with three inch disks. Follow a methodical approach using finer grade disks at each stage.

Start with a 180 grade disk. Using a circular motion work over the scratches and keep the sander moving at all times. Do not apply too much pressure or concentrate on just one area as it is possible to burn the acrylic. The 180 disk will remove the deep scratches but it will make scratches of its own and make the acrylic opaque. This is ok. Now repeat the excise using a 320 grade disk. This will remove the 180 grade scratches and leave finer grade scratches. Repeat again using 500 then 1000 grade disks. By this stage all the opaqueness will have gone and only very fine scratches remain. These can be moved using a 3000 grade wet and dry pad. Apply a spray of water whilst working on this stage. By now all the scratches will be removed. The final stage is to apply polish at a low speed which will make the window shine and look as good as new.

It is important not to rush through the stages, nor miss out a stage as the scratches are gradually reduced. Each stage should show a visible improvement over the previous stage. If there is no visible improvement then repeat the stage. This process if carried out correctly will repair scratches in caravan windows. Be aware though that if the window is cracked through one of the two skins it is not safe to repair. If the window is this badly damaged it should be replaced.

So now you know how to repair scratched acrylic windows. Those trips along narrow winding country roads should not be so intimidating in the future because you know that if you have a mishap with overhanging branches, you can repair the damage when you get back home.

Damaged Caravans Are No Fun to Drive When Your Family Is Along for the Ride

It doesn’t matter whether a caravan is your permanent home or simply a home away from home. Either way, you need to make sure that it is given the utmost care. People who fail to do safety inspections will wind up with damaged caravans in the process. In the case of a touring caravan, there are many instances where damage can occur while driving around the country.

If you want protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances, get insurance from a caravan repairs facility offering this. A lot of reputable firms engaging in this kind of business will have the means to process your insurance claims. Vandalism, fire, and weather damage are the common causes of damage to this kind of vehicle.

If you live inside a caravan, whether at a trailer park or on your own property, it is considered a static caravan. There is an insurance policy for this as well. It will cover the surrounding areas which add to your comfort of living. Included in this type of coverage are your patio, front door steps, awnings, and fencing.

When you search for this particular insurance classification, check to see that these items are clearly stated, so you’ll know what is covered. Before approaching a caravan repairs business, find out how much reimbursement each item gets and what specific damages are covered. The amount you receive should cover repairs to damaged caravans and replace any wrecked property.

Touring caravans also need insurance. There are a few good reasons for this. When not in use, an idle touring caravan can be damaged by inclement weather, unruly vandals, or wild animals. While travelling around in it, you might get into an accident and hurt someone in the process. This is when limited liability insurance can really save you from a possible huge payout.

A caravan could also be stolen, in which case loss of property coverage will be needed. If you want to bring down your insurance coverage costs, there are a few things you can do. The first thing is to install a burglar alarm to scare would-be thieves. Next, make sure to park in a secure location. Finally, adding a tracking device and axle lock will help bring down your insurance premium cost.
One thing people fail to ask a company engaging in caravan repairs is whether personal belongings are covered. To save you the trouble of finding out, know that most of them do not. In this case, your best option would be to make sure your household insurance covers whatever expensive items you bring along on your travels.

These include electronic equipment such as a TV, computer, laptop, CD, camera, and DVD player. Before starting your vacation, come up with a list of all valuable items you plan on taking, including how much they are worth. In case anything gets stolen, you have serial numbers and photographs of the items in question.

For holiday makers, driving around in damaged caravans is no way to start a vacation. To ensure everyone’s happiness, visit a caravan repair shop and get your vehicle assessed for potential damages and insurance coverage which shields you from future mishaps.

How to Undertake Professional Caravan Panel Repairs

It is not necessary to replace a caravan panel when it becomes damaged. It can be repaired to look as good as new and at a fraction of the cost of a new panel. The following advice is directed at caravan flat panel repairs. Unfortunately, caravan textured panel repairs can only be undertaken using specialist equipment.

The first stage of the caravan panel repair is to prepare the damaged area. With a block and 80 grit paper sand around the damaged area. Take care to sand in multiple directions. This will reveal further high and low spots around the dent. Often the damaged area is bigger than what it first seems. High spots will show themselves as smooth areas. Low spots will show the existing paintwork.

Mix together some automotive filler and hardener (at the ratio of a golf ball to the size of a pea) and smooth into and around the damaged area. Dust spray over the area using black aerosol paint. Allow to dry for a few minutes. The black paint highlights any low spots during sanding.

Using a block and 80 grit paper sand in multiple directions over the filled area. Work around the edges to feather the filler into the undamaged area. Do not sand one area for too long as this just removes filler. This exercise will highlight any areas that are still low. Skim filler over the area again and repeat the process as many times as is necessary until low areas are brought back to the level of the rest of the panel. Keep applying guide coats with black aerosol paint to help the sanding process. Make sure that the filler feathers completely into undamaged areas all around the damaged area.

Use a six inch detail sander with 180 grit paper to over the area to remove the 80 git scratches. This sanded area will be up to 2 inches bigger all around the area to make sure all the scratches are removed. Repeat the process with 320 grit paper. This area will be another 2 inches bigger all around to remove all the 180 scratches. Finally go over the area again, plus an additional 2 inches all around, with red scotch to remove the 320 grit scratches.

The caravan flat panel repair is now ready for priming and painting. Mask off the area around the repair. Spray the first coat of primer just over the affected area and allow to dry for a few minutes. Spray the second coat over a slightly larger area, and the third coat over a slightly larger area still. Spray over the area with black aerosol paint and wait for it to dry.

Rub over the primed area using 400 grit wet and dry paper. This will highlight any low spots. Feather the primer into the existing paintwork at the edges of the repair. Do not leave any hard edges. If necessary respray the area to make sure all high and low spots have been evened out. Go over the entire area that is to be painted with grey scotch to remove any 400 scratches and prepare the existing paintwork for new paint.