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Old 07-04-2017, 12:50 PM   #57
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Just finished doing my 2004 Hurricane. Looks good after 3 coats. The decals even came back.
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:57 PM   #59
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Would just like to clear up one thing before trying this process. Lots of conversation about the decals. It seems most go ahead with the whole process right over the decals and its reported that they usually look great after.
My bay doors are painted along with some other areas of the coach from the factory. Are these painted area's cleaned using the same process as the white fiberglass.
In other words BKF, TSP and finishing with the ZEP.
A lot of reading but still unclear if this pertains to the painted area's
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Would just like to clear up one thing before trying this process. Lots of conversation about the decals. It seems most go ahead with the whole process right over the decals and its reported that they usually look great after.
My bay doors are painted along with some other areas of the coach from the factory. Are these painted area's cleaned using the same process as the white fiberglass.
In other words BKF, TSP and finishing with the ZEP.
A lot of reading but still unclear if this pertains to the painted area's
All of our lower bay doors are painted as well as areas around the front end and front sides. We used the exact same procedures to clean those areas and the same 5 coats of Zep. Still holding up great after more than two years. One of the bay doors that was slightly faded looks almost the same as the rest after treatment. Chuck
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:31 PM   #61
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We no longer have our '93 Bounder but it was in normal condition for it's age. Did 3 coats of Zep and SHAAAZAM !!!! It looked brand new when we were done with it.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:38 AM   #62
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My bay doors are painted along with some other areas of the coach from the factory. Are these painted area's cleaned using the same process as the white fiberglass.
In other words BKF, TSP and finishing with the ZEP.
A lot of reading but still unclear if this pertains to the painted area's
Aggressive use of BKF, may harm the clear coat on the painted surface; as would the use of any cut polishing compound; and accelerate fading of the base coat .
I used regular automotive products on my painted surfaces.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:48 AM   #63
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Zep'n It .... What Do You Think?

First, thanks for all the information! And yes, I have heard the message, prep is the key to a successful shine.

A few questions:

Do you use Zep on the front cap? My worst oxidation is actually on the vertical plastic molding strip that covers the seam between the front cap and the gelcoat wall. This is yellowed badly, will Zep help that or is there another solution? The rest of the gelcoat is just starting to oxidize after 2 summers in the Texas heat outside (previous owner).

The plan to work on it next week. The plan is:

1. Wash the rig again (just washed it this week)
2. Apply Meguiar's M4916 Marine/RV Heavy Duty Oxidation Remover using my drill with wool buffing pads doing small areas and wiping it off quickly.
3. Apply ZEP with sponge mop in small areas wiping it with wet cloth t-shirts (old ones) to prevent runs or streaks
4. Apply 4-6 coats

Small areas = 4' x 4' ... the length of my reach

Have any of you buffed with wool after Zep dries? Is that of any benefit?

Any comments or inputs on better ways are appreciated!!!!!


I keep the rig in covered storage (not inside) so I think that it should keep for a couple years with some maintenance.


Thanks to all who give me information and confidence to do it myself! This forum is the best!
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Does it last? And does the rain affect the wax or does it melt after drying? I have a cap over windshield that keeps oxidized lines running down my windshield would like to seal it but am curious if the wax would also run and maybe be worse.
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Does it last? And does the rain affect the wax or does it melt after drying? I have a cap over windshield that keeps oxidized lines running down my windshield would like to seal it but am curious if the wax would also run and maybe be worse.
Again, if prepared properly, it will seal the gelcoat and stop the problem you have with oxidation. The coating can not "melt". The is NOT a wax. Chuck
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Once ZEP is dry you cannot buff it. It's way to hard a surface for that. On the other hand mine doesn't need buffing, it shines very nicely with five coats of ZEP. I first used it five years ago and now once a year I just put on a fresh coat. Hasn't hurt my decals at all.
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