The 10th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2018)

Following the huge success of the 9th International Gathering we'll be at Retrofestival again. It's a massive show now and is popular with everyone.

It's held at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ; on the weekend of the 10th, 11th & 12th of August 2018.

Don't book with the organisers, contact me to get your pitch saved.

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Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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Post by Ian » Thu, 28 May 2009, 12:46 pm

No, not a bunch of grannies making family heirlooms - the stuff on the sides...

Some previous owner kindly gave mine a coat, probably several coats, of white emulsion - gives it all the ambience of a victorian gents loo...

Anybody got any bright ideas on how to get the paint off, or, more probably, how they 'improved' their version of this DIY disaster?

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Post by bigbird » Fri, 10 Jul 2009, 10:25 pm

Hi Ian, well mine was pretty lousy inside, and the fibre glass already needed repairing so I 'carefully' powerwashed it, it got the paint off and covered the lawn in dandruff!!...but..it did work!!

I hasten to add, I only did this to the roof, I didn't want to fill the unit up with water!! :shock: :lol:

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Post by Ian » Sat, 11 Jul 2009, 10:37 am

I'm tempted to powerwash an area of the quilting to see if it will shift any of the emulsion - it can't do any more harm.......... can it? :? and the interior is devoid of anything that can be damaged.

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Post by bigbird » Sat, 11 Jul 2009, 11:16 am

Is the quilting fabric, because if it is, you won't get the paint off??It worked bloomin well on mine mate, but mine was just paint on fiberglass, it saved a back breaking task! The ceiling was clean enough to paint over, although I wallpapered it with polystyrene paper. Have a look at my pictures of before and after...

Honestly, the one thing that grieves me in this whole process is the fact that I should have taken more time on things...but if I want to use it this summer, like I said before..'it'll do!!'

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Post by KorenM » Sun, 12 Jul 2009, 3:40 pm

You might regret that ! my van had polystyrene all over it when I got it it, and it was a nightmare to get off, and made a real mess. It had to be removed because it was mouldy behind.
I plan now to cover the lower walls with that table heat protector stuff and the roof with head lining.

Need to fix the car first though..........!

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Post by bigbird » Sun, 12 Jul 2009, 4:07 pm

No sign of mould yet...I wait with baited breath...if it is a problem, fortunately it is on the roof only...

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Post by Ian » Tue, 14 Jul 2009, 12:00 pm

If the pressure washing doesn't work (which, if I'm honest, I don't expect it to :( ) I suppose I could continue the theme(!) and paint it in a better colour.

I did toy with the idea of ripping the quilting out and replacing it with an insulation sceme I saw in the Haynes manual on building a motorcaravan. The builder glued 1" battens around the perimeter of the wall panels and then stuck close-fitting 1" thick insulation panels (I think it was polystyrene) to the walls and then finished it all off with 1/8" thick decorative wall-boards that he bought as new-but-surplus stock from a caravan-breaker. The scheme seemed to offer the advatages of lightweight construction and better insulation than the quilting. I haven't progressed the idea because of the prohibitive cost of travelling to the caravan-breaker in Yorkshire to pick the decorative wall-boards costing only a few pounds apiece.

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Post by bigbird » Tue, 14 Jul 2009, 12:05 pm

Coo that sound fabulous. Mind you, I don't envy you cutting around all the curves inside. If you can do it, that will look great Ian!

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Post by Ian » Tue, 14 Jul 2009, 12:12 pm

I was only toying with the idea for the walls, not the roof.........- that would be too much of a challenge :shock:

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Post by bigbird » Tue, 14 Jul 2009, 2:05 pm

Grrrrrrr, roofs. Well, I wanted to paint Matilda today, then I realised that I'd left the foam rollers inside, despite the fact that we'd opened her yesterday and got some things out. So...I thought, do I tell OH, he's not going to be best pleased with me after getting up at 4.30 for work, then to have to come home and erect the caravan yet again.

I can do that....I thought, well with the help of my lad...lad finally emerged from bed at 1.00 and grunted something about the shower. I couldn't wait any longer I thought...so I attempted it myself, got one end up, then went to lift the other...b*gger it's too heavy and not high enough. Then I propped up the remaining inner fold with a stool. I lifted the other end, there was one almighty sway and the whole lot came crashing down.

All the headlining for the roof is wrecked, and I got moaned at by OH again for breaking her.

NOT A GOOD DAY. :cry:

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