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.