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Old 11-04-2014, 03:10 PM   #15
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I recommend clean your roof first, then wash your coach with dawn dish soap. Then use Bar Keepers Friend and a scrub pad you must remove all old wax and oxidation. This is 90% of getting a very good shine and not have any flaking or yellowing. I used a micro fiber towel and a paint tray I used Zep wet look and applied very light coats be very aware of any drips its like a run in paint. I put tape over my storage compartment locks as the Zep will get into your locks. I did my coach in about 5 or 6 hours its the best time I ever spent making my RV shine. After almost 3 years I put a refresher coat on and it looks new. Oh if you have decals put a very light coat on them first as they may bleed there color on your cloth mind did so keep a extra micro fiber towel to catch it if it happens . Best of luck the preparation is the most important thing. Keep them shining
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Next time I apply Zep it will be with a pole sander with a microfiber cloth attached using a spray bottle to apply it to the microfiber cloth.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:36 PM   #17
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I recommend clean your roof first, then wash your coach with dawn dish soap. Then use Bar Keepers Friend and a scrub pad you must remove all old wax and oxidation. This is 90% of getting a very good shine and not have any flaking or yellowing. I used a micro fiber towel and a paint tray I used Zep wet look and applied very light coats be very aware of any drips its like a run in paint. I put tape over my storage compartment locks as the Zep will get into your locks. I did my coach in about 5 or 6 hours its the best time I ever spent making my RV shine. After almost 3 years I put a refresher coat on and it looks new. Oh if you have decals put a very light coat on them first as they may bleed there color on your cloth mind did so keep a extra micro fiber towel to catch it if it happens . Best of luck the preparation is the most important thing. Keep them shining

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Old 12-06-2014, 10:21 AM   #18
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just completed the recommended process of stripping and then using zep results are incredible can you just add another coat of zep after a simple wash job anytime in the future?
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I have about five coats of Zep on our rig. Looks really good. You can also touch up spots as needed.
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Looks like a good product. Could it make the gel coat to crack? Anyone problem that could raise?
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Zep Wet Look is a common approach to shine on boats and motor homes where the final finish is gelcoat. I have heard of no gelcoat damage.

Zep applied to clear coated automotive paint may not be a good idea, but I do not know.
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see lots of this our 2003 has not been waxed since new american coach said that is what clear coat is for not for waxing
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I use Pledge floor care and use a mirco fiber applicator found in HD along with window washing equipment. It comes with pole attachment and is about 14 inches wide. clean after use and keep in plastic bag. Use ammonia to clean
been using for two years now. roof shines and not one black streak. do get white streaks on window though.

I just squirt product on applicator and run it up and down the sides. Looks great.
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Trust me on this. Do the Zep process and you will not regret it. You must follow the below instruction and the prep part is the key to making it last for a long time. I did our 03 Winnebago and have had many people compliment us on our RV's shine.


Restoring the finish of an older RV using "ZEP High Traffic Floor Wax"

Materials:
Zep high traffic floor wax (available at Lowes)
-Bar Keeper’s Friend (powdered)
-TSP (Trisodium Phosphate, powdered) available in the paint department or wall paper department at most large chain stores.
-3M scrubbies (white)
-Microfiber rags (white or laundered)
-Latex gloves

Preparing the surface is the most important part, since anything left on the surface will be sealed under the Zep acrylic coating. Start by washing your motorhome as you normally would, making sure to include the roof, rinsing well from the top down.

Now, you want to remove any and all stains, soiling, oxidation, and chalkiness from the surface of the motorhome. Dip a white 3M scrubbie into water and then sprinkle Bar Keeper’s Friend on it. Scrub the surface of the motorhome, rinsing the scrubbie and re-applying the BKF often. Do small areas at a time, rinsing well with water as you go. I used a “flow-thru” brush with a hose to rinse the BKF thoroughly as I went along.

The next step is to make sure that there is absolutely no remaining wax on the motorhome, since wax can cause the Zep to peel. Mix up a bucket of TSP (1/2 cup) in water (2 gal), and wash the entire motorhome. You can use a carwash brush, a sponge, a pressure washer…anything you would normally use when you wash your RV. Rinse well, and let the motorhome dry completely. You should be left with a clean and smooth (although dull) surface. Congrats, the prep-work is now complete!

Now for the easy part. Pour some Zep into a shallow container (a pie pan works well). Fold a microfiber rag to about hand-sized, dip into the Zep (trust me, use gloves!), and squeeze out the excess. How much/how wet? You want it more than damp, but less than dripping. Now simply wipe the surface of the motorhome with the wet rag. Don’t try to over-apply; just wet the surface (imagine wiping a layer of dust off with a wet rag). It really doesn’t matter whether you wipe horizontally, vertically, or in circles; Zep is very thin/watery and you are just trying to “moisten” the surface. Work your way all the way around the motorhome. Zep will dry quickly; before you’ve gone all the way around, it will be dry and you can immediately start on the next coat.

That first coat will likely look really bad; streaky, shiny in some places, dull in others…don’t panic. Each additional coat will even it out and start to build up a deep layer of shine. By coat 3, you will be grinning ear to ear. And coat 4 will be the icing on the cake. Not only will your RV shine like it hasn’t shined in years, it will be a deeper color as well. Even old, faded, cracked graphics will have a new lease on life! And all for around $30!

Things (I learned) to keep in mind:

-Don’t use colored microfiber rags unless they have been laundered, as the color may bleed.

-Be careful around window frames, locks, latches, etc., as the Zep is very watery and will have a tendency to gather at those spots and cause runs. Watch for runs and give them a quick wipe with the rag before they start to “set up”.

-Some older, deteriorated graphics may “bleed” color onto the rag. Watch for this and change or re-fold your rag so you don’t spread that color onto other parts of the MH. If this occurs, it should only happen with the first coat, as the Zep will then “seal” the graphics up. Subsequent coats will not have the problem.

-After each coat, go around and open/operate all hatches, locks, catches, etc. The acrylic (Zep) coating can sort of “glue” them closed. J

-You can also do the window frames and other painted metal areas; I did my entire Class C cab since it was very faded and dull. Came out fantastic, and my painted window frames look new, as well!

In closing:

For an older MH that has lost it’s shine/luster, this process is an easy, inexpensive way to restore it to a “Wow” finish. It’s much easier than any wax, polish, oxidation remover, or fiberglass restorer that I have ever used, and the results are not only much better, they are longer lasting as well. From what I have read, a single “touch-up” coat should be applied each year. With the ease of application, that single touch up coat should only take about 20 minutes.
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This is all great info. Here is applicator we use and found at HD and elsewhere.
Suggest that you use a bottle to squirt solution on applicator for sides. for top just squirt on surface and spread with applicator. Fits most poles.
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It's worth it (ZEP) but it is A LOT of work to do it right.
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I applied the Red Max Pro floor finish made by Zep several years ago to do our old fifthwheel. It did an outstanding job and lasted almost 14 months on the front cap here in NE Florida. Our RV shed faces south so the summer sun hits the front cap daily when we were home. I used the same brand finish remover to take it off the front cap then re applied 5 coats to the front cap and 2 coats on the rest. Looked great when I sold it.
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Do you think it would be possible break up the Zep process? I just don't want to commit straight time until it's done, I'm thinking do it in 4 sections a week or two apart.


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