The 11th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2019)

Following the huge success of the 10th 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 9th, 10th & 11th of August 2019.

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

Flocking

Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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I'm flocked! is anyone else?

Post by Admin » Wed, 24 Jan 2007, 11:29 pm

Has anyone else still got their flocked ceiling?

I'll probably see loads at Wroughton this year but up to now I've only seen mine.

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Post by knottyknitter » Sat, 27 Jan 2007, 11:56 am

I'm not flocked but I am quilted - well around the sides anyway. This is something I have been pondering for a while. The old quilted vinyl is split and damaged in areas and stinks due to being left unused for decades.

I want to keep the Ansfold as original as possible but I think the lining must go. Is it possible to replace with something similar? Has anyone done this?

My roof is plain old rough fibreglass - is it possible to paint and if so what is recommended. I am guessing wahtever paint is used will need some 'flex' in it so it doesn't crack or split.

All ideas most gratefully recieved.

PS Fantastic website - the scanned original literature is amazing and a great reference for someone like me with an old wreck - thanks!

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improve your little palace

Post by paul~3 » Sat, 27 Jan 2007, 9:40 pm

Although my roof is painted i intend to cover it with a cheap beige colour nylon brushed curtain, old, free and very large. Plan is to put t roof on t garden and pour in P V A glue. Then fit the cloth to center patch only as the sides would get rubbed off while folding. You see i'm tired of being dripped on. If its ok the sides will follow (behind the cushions)
Tis a big job removing old decor as the old Evo-Stik won't die :twisted: Some carpet shops sell rolls of felt and this is easy to put up with SILICONE window sealer. (fat tube rq a gun) Spead it then apply cloth -it has give & slide, unlike Evo-Stik. Remember fairly original is important. :idea: Just thought- i wished that i had painted the walls with a silver paint before applying new decor, to block out the sunshine that now shines through in patches :oops: hope this helps....
See my portafolds here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/26942080@N02/2521414758/

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Post by Admin » Tue, 30 Jan 2007, 6:00 pm

We're still searching for a supplier of quilting, we think we may have one but we're not sure yet. It'll be put on the site as soon as we have confirmation.

If you've got quilting, all be it a bit stinky, I'd definitely keep it. It can be cleaned quite effectively. My other half (Sara) is a valeter for a Morgan main dealer and has some fabric cleaner that's supplied only to the trade. It works a treat and if you come to Wroughton this year I could probably bring you enough to do your van. It's a laborious job with a spray bottle and a toothbrush but well worth it. Our blue quilting is testament to that. She might even do a demonstration if she's bribed...

For paint then I'd probably recommend bathroom or kitchen paint. Something that's mildew resistant basically. There's no flex in it but it shouldn't crack unless you're putting it on really thick.

If you want to push the boat out then there are flocking kits out there now apparently (I'm still looking for the manufacturers). That would allow you to make the roof look and feel like some of the Portafolds. It's also very effective against condensation build up.
Matthew
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Post by lordrosemary » Wed, 09 May 2007, 7:05 am

we were not flocked but had fur fabric on top of quilted lining. Have taken it all off and would like to get more quilting, preferably white rather than the gold it had before. Anyone any ideas where it can be brought from

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Post by Neil » Wed, 09 May 2007, 3:56 pm

Sometimes you can find it in dress making or material shops,try here they do it but i think its the wrong kind of quilting if not they might be able to help www.fabricland.co.uk
We use our local fabric land and they are really helpfull.Good Luck

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Interior trim

Post by txfsealord » Thu, 31 May 2007, 7:11 pm

We're looking at Marine products from an outfit called Boyriven www.boyriven.co.uk They do a Marine Vinyl with a 1/8" foam backing with a fabric scrim on that, in 5 colours. It's patterned but not quilted. They also do a fluted material with the foam backing, this looks a heavier gauge & I presume it's meant for covering seats. It's only in white. It looks as if it'd be a good wall covering but possibly heavy & undoubtedly expensive.

Steve

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Post by KorenM » Tue, 31 Jul 2007, 4:35 pm

When I bought my Portafold it had been painted inside with numerous layers of white emulsion. the roof was in a terrible state. we used marine paint stripper, but it was hell to do. under the paint were signs of the flocking and plenty of mould. Under the shelving had been covered with that polystyene wall paper backing. this was easily removed, but again behind it was a load of mould. this came off with mould remover and elbow grease.
The rest of the paint will need to be stripped as its seen better days. Has anyone got a better idea than marine stripper as it needs washing off with a pressure washer and I'm not to keen on using one inside.

There also seems to be mould coming through from behind the quilting, any ideas on how to get that off? or where I can get some replacement quilting from.

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Gluing fabric to Port/ans interior

Post by txfsealord » Mon, 06 Aug 2007, 8:36 pm

Hi all, currently having a wonderful time (NOT) removing the very heavy buildup of paint/glue/more paint/mould etc from the Ansfold's ceiling. I'm using an angle-grinder with a disc-shaped wire wheel on, normally used by car bodyworkers to clean stonechip underbody paint & heavy surface rust from steel car parts. It's a HORRIBLE job, I'm having to wear full face mask, breathing filter, ear defenders & leather gauntlets as well as the usual overalls &c. I daren't work outside because of the noise, the roof makes an excellent amplifier. Every horizontal surface in the garage now has a thick layer of s**t on & I've not even done a quarter of it yet.

I've been advised, by folk who fit interiors in coaches, how to re-trim. They say to use contact adhesive, applied to both surfaces using a bodyshop filler-spreader. These are flexible plastic, about 3" x 4" x 16swg, normally with a bevelled edge on 3 sides. I'm told the trick is to spread the adhesive thinly & continuously on both surfaces. Now coaches don't have much in the way of double-curvature on large panels as we do on our roof insides. So I suppose we have to choose between either gluing part of the area at a time, or cutting the material & doing sections - I'm going for the latter myself as a non-stretchy fabric obviously won't curve without folds.

I'm still a long way off putting this to the test. I'm writing now in the hope of saving someone in the future having their ceiling covering fall down & having to remove wodges of glue like I am. It's no fun at all.

Steve

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Post by Admin » Sat, 19 Apr 2008, 3:51 pm

I've found a company that can flock your ceiling. It cuts down on the condensation build up, it looks nicer, feels nicer to touch and is, as I believe, how some of the Portafolds left the factory. Mine did anyway!

Follow the link:

http://www.centralblastcleaning.co.uk/s ... ocking.php
Matthew
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