On our way back from the South Island last year, we stopped over in Taupo for a few days to catch up with friends Gary and Dianne. Staying with them as well were other friends Ian and Lynda in their Dethleffs XLI.
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One of the common issues that we had with Ian and Lynda and our Dethleffs Motorhomes was the state of the plastic outside door handles for the Garage, the Gas Locker and vents for the heater and oven.
They were originally white but had faded with the UV light and gone a dirty yellow/creamy colour which didn’t look too flash. I’m sure this applies to many other Motorhomes and Caravans with NZ’s harsh UV light too so this might be something many of you can do to your own Motorhomes to solve this problem…. read on!!
Ian found a way to take off and strip down the door catches and with special plastic paint with primer, painted them white which looked amazing. Ian even made a spray booth out of a cardboard box so the overspray didn’t end up all over Gary’s Garage 🙂
Rafe’s handles were looking really scruffy so after talking to both Ian and Gary, I took the handles and the vent covers off. After stripping down the handles and masking the key locks, I cleaned all the bits with Sugar Soap and the sprayed them with Plastic Primer.
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The Primer only takes 30 minutes before you can top coat it so it was time to make a cardboard box spraybooth 🙂
Rafe’s habitation door handles and front Fiat door handles are all black so Satin Black was the colour.
Two hours and several coats later, I reassembled the locks and stuck everything back on Rafe and it looks fantastic.
All thanks to Ian for his great idea and some tips from Gary too!
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Chris, looks great. Bought some plastic primer a week ago, intending to do ours. Good to see that the locks are able to be taken apart. We will remain twin Globe4’s eh!
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Hi Bruce, yep we will!
After I had primed the handles, I found the top coat black was self primed but I think it’s good to have a double dose of primer.
There is a shaft that goes through the lock which you need to tap out to get the handle off the lock. It only comes out one way., you’ll see when you get it off. Ring me if you need help..
Hi, Interesting article re Plastic Paint and Primer. Can you send me the details/brand names of the product. Cheers Bruce
The primer is Dulux dura max and the paint which is also a primer is Dulux Spray Easy. Both from Bunnings!
The Spray Easy is a British Paints product, not Dulux.
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