Time to Clean the Caravan – COVID-19 brought on unwanted spare time – Part Three

Professional Car Detailing

This is Part 3 of a COVID-19 special of what we did during the lockdown – time to clean the caravan.

Read our other COVID-19 lockdown posts.

Spare time means time to clean

In a long-ago past life, I used to work as a detailer so when it came time for us to clean the caravan and give it a polish it was a no brainier. I just needed to pull the buff out and give it a whirl.

Well, famous last words…..

We started by giving the caravan a good wash.  After driving through a plague of locusts on the run out to Mount Isa in March and then an oil leak from the car, the caravan was looking a bit worse for wear.  We had given it a clean when I got back from Mount Isa, but this required us to go to the next level – a really good soak followed by many, many cleans.  And it took ages!

But then the moment everyone had been waiting for, I pulled the buff out from the shed – a buff that hadn’t seen daylight for about 20 years – and started to get stuck into it.

Well it all looked as though it was going to plan until yep…. you may have guessed it.  A buff and buff pads that are older than both of our vehicles didn’t work as well as they did 20 years ago (what was I really expecting!).  It wasn’t long before the buff pad started to fly apart.  Thinking to myself that all was good, I rummaged around in the shed for some extra buff pads and tried those too, only with the same result.  I thought to myself, “Yeah, I don’t think this is going to work“.

Time to call the experts

It was definitely time to call in the experts.

Some friends had recommended a car detailer to us on multiple occasions, so we gave them a call.  Chris and his team from Professional Car Detailing were happy to take on the work, to which I’m pretty sure they regretted once the magnitude of the job became apparent. We dropped off the caravan early one morning with the brief to remove all the decals, buff the whole caravan, and apply a paint treatment to protect it as much as we could from the future sun and environmental damage.

As mentioned previously, I had worked as a detailer in the past, so was under no illusions as to what could be achieved.  Considering the age and condition of the caravan, Chris and the boys did an excellent job at cleaning it up.

There was a shadowing effect from where the decals had been removed (which we expected) and some of the panels didn’t come up as clean as others (again, what we expected).  But that being said, the caravan came up much better than both Bec and I thought it would, so congratulations to the boys for doing such a great job!  It provided a fantastic blank canvas for the next stage of applying fresh decals.

If you ever need detailing or paint rectification work carried out on the Sunshine Coast, I recommend seeing Chris and his team at Professional Car Detailing.

Tell them we sent you (or maybe not now they’ve done our caravan which I’m sure was a nightmare for them!).

Before the clean….

After the clean…

1 Lamington Terrace, Nambour QLD 4560
Phone: 0431 403 170
Email: cjhauler@hotmail.com

Keep following for Part 4 of the COVID-10 lockdown – Redesigning the Caravan Graphics – Coming Soon

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