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Old 03-12-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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ZEP Floor Wax - black streaks - need advice

Based on recommendations here, I used the ZEP floor wax process last year and totally transformed the exterior of my dull motorhome. I initially put on 5 coats of ZEP wax and the motorhome shined like new. Now a year later and the shine is still there. However, the drips seem to be staining the exterior. I regularly clean/wash the roof/motorhome, but these drips/stains are getting more persistent.

I did go to Camping World and buy a product made specifically to remove black streaks. I tried it on some areas and it did remove the streaks. However, it also seems to remove a layer of the ZEP wax as the surrounding area is a slightly different color. Not what I wanted.

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for keeping a ZEP shine streak free? Any specific product?

Thanks.
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IMO, anything strong enough to remove black streaks ( I use Crown black streak remover and boat hull cleaner) will also remove floor wax. Crown doesn't seem to affect the clear-coat on my MH.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:01 PM   #3
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Can't help with the removal of the streaks, but a coat or two of ZEP on the roof (after cleaning) will STOP the streaks in the future.

Your roof is probably EPDM, like my '97 Bounder, but it won't hurt to seal the surface with ZEP. You won't have to worry about what it looks like up there.
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Black streaks are caused by air pollution settling on the RV roof, then water washes the dirt down the RV sides making black streaks. When I owned a 5er with an aluminum, painted roof I still got black streaks. I got black streaks when I had the roof re-covered with EPDM just as much as the aluminum. I now get black streaks off of the fiberglass roof on the MH when I don't wash the roof every few months as I wash the MH. Roof material is ,er immaterial. IMO the secret to keeping black streaks minimized is regularly washing the roof as you wash the RV.
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Black streaks are caused by air pollution settling on the RV roof, then water washes the dirt down the RV sides making black streaks. When I owned a 5er with an aluminum, painted roof I still got black streaks. I got black streaks when I had the roof re-covered with EPDM just as much as the aluminum. I now get black streaks off of the fiberglass roof on the MH when I don't wash the roof every few months as I wash the MH. Roof material is ,er immaterial. IMO the secret to keeping black streaks minimized is regularly washing the roof as you wash the RV.

x's 2 clean clean and clean. I usually will drive around the block a few times to get most of the water off the roof then wipe down the MH, Helps alot to control those Damm Black streaks.
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Yeap, a clean roof is the answer. But EPDM rubber roofs (or EPDM coated roofs) produce more black streaks than others because it tends to chalk, providing a messy residue that washes down the sides with any moisture at all. Sometimes the streaks down the side will be closer to white than black - depends on what gunk is in the air.

Waxing the roof will reduce or eliminate streaks for awhile, until the chalking underneath loosens the wax and it washes off along with everything else. Any good floor wax will do, and multiple coats lasts longer than just one.
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Since the original application of ZEP left drips, you may wish to use a stripper to rub down the uneven areas and then reapply fresh coats of ZEP over the whole surface. You now see why multiple threads on here gave strategies to apply, cautioning not to allow drips. I agree with the others, a good scrubbing of the roof and an application of wax to the roof will reduce streaks, but not eliminate them, they are a product of dirty air, not a failure of the roof materials or ZEP.
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Hi I went to home depot they have zep floor polish is that the same as the wax ? It comes in a gallon jug ..it says for interior use and that it is the third step 1st a stripper then a leveler then the polish. Do I just clean it good then apply the polish? Thanks so much for imput
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Hi I went to home depot they have zep floor polish is that the same as the wax ? It comes in a gallon jug ..it says for interior use and that it is the third step 1st a stripper then a leveler then the polish. Do I just clean it good then apply the polish? Thanks so much for imput
f you use the search box at the top of this page you will find many links to what and how to apply. It started with Red Max Pro #3, which is now discontinued but marketed under the name ZEP High Traffic Floor Wax. I did Red Max #3 a couple of years ago and it is still giving great shine.
A regular Google search on the topic will also show many boaters have used it on fiberglass hulls and topsides. Despite those that refuse to use anything but high priced, labor intense waxes that need re-doing every couple of months, Zep really works!!
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Hi I was wondering what is your recommendation on what to apply the product. Thanks
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I was also wondering how to apply Zep wax
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Back to black streaks.

I use liquid COMET and a soft rag, gently.
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I used microfiber cloth. It took more time and energy moving the step ladder than applying the acrylic, once the surface was prepped.
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I was thinking what to use to clean a few spots before waxing thanks I will try it.
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