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Old 08-16-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Full body paint, still OK to zep?

Wife and I are picking up a 08 Fleetwood fiesta and it has full body paint, was wondering if it's still OK to Zep it instead of buffing and waxing. We zep'd our 97 pace arrow and it turned out awesome. Would love to do that to the fiesta.


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Old 08-17-2014, 05:29 AM   #2
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I think full body paint in good condition I would go the wax route.

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Old 08-17-2014, 05:42 AM   #3
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I would certainly not put floor wax on your paint. I put it on my roof since it is just gel coat fiberglass. Just put a good coat of Nu Finish on you paint and you will be good.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:33 AM   #4
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Good heavens, why? Any decent car or marine 'wax" (actually a synthetic sealant nowadays) will do the job fine. We use Protect-All on ours.
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Simple answer is NO.
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Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer View Post
Good heavens, why? Any decent car or marine 'wax" (actually a synthetic sealant nowadays) will do the job fine. We use Protect-All on ours.
Good answer. Why in the world would you want to "ZEP" a full body painted unit? The reason for full body paint, (actually there's a few reasons) is, because it's seriously easier to maintain and keep nice. A washing once in a while and, a tiny bit of elbow grease in WAXING, and it will look great for quite a while, based on how and where it's kept during non-use periods.

Full body paint is a way better sealing agent for the finish of the coach, as opposed to open fiberglass which, without diligent maintenance, goes flat and, starts to degrade with little to no maintenance. Hence, the "Zep" or, "Red Max Pro" or, any other "floor wax" has been used to bring back or, at least "present" a luster or sheen to it.

But, that's not needed in a full body painted unit. There are people that have parked their painted units out in the sun for quite some time and they actually still look fairly good.
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Although I am a fan of the Zep method for fiberglass RV's, I would stick to a wax or Nu Finish on your full body paint.
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I was told by a professional RV detailer(owns his own business and has contracts with several dealerships not a lot guy), that for Full Body Paint, washing it with a microfiber mitt actually takes the wax off and leaves swirl marks. He told me to use a wool mitt to wash, a chamoi to dry and it would even out. He told me to use a good carnuba wax, with NO cleaners, and then waxing the coach would bring the original finish back with little or no swirls. So far this has worked for me, I use Meguires carnuba liquid wax, goes on easy and wipes off fairly easy, it's alot of work but the areas I've done so far are swirl free and silky smooth compared to the areas I haven't done yet.
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No to ZEP but yes to Protect-all as that is all I use and it shines like it just came out of factory or actually better than when it can out of the factory. I even do the roof with it but you have to be careful when walking on it as to not fall off.

I even use Protect-all on the windows except the windshield.

You only have to use the Protect-all twice a year and it will leave your RV looking new for a long time.


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