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Rene T

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The finished product using ZEP.
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:29:38 PM »
I finally got the RV back yesterday and started applying ZEP to the rest of the trailer. I had done a couple of areas 2 weeks ago but had to leave to go to a fair. Then it had to go back to the buffer. The days are getting real short here so it took him a while. He works at a Ford garage in the daytime as their auto detailer.  The guy finished buffing it. It had a lot of oxidation. It came out pretty good. I applied 3 coats on the entire rig. The front end cap ended up with 4 coats. I am very pleased with the way it came out and I would recommend it. I purchased 2 gallons on Amazon. I did the entire trailer on about 3/4 of a gallon. A gallon goes a long way. Now we'll see what it looks in about a year. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 02:44:01 PM »
Can you post a picture.
Sounds like a heck of a lot of work.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 05:05:31 PM »
3 coats is probably OK, but 5 is recommended by those that have applied it and 5 is what we did on ours, It has been 2 years now with only one maintenance coat at the end of a year and it still looks great. We just got a compliment from another Bounder owner today. Chuck
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 06:19:09 PM »
3 coats is probably OK, but 5 is recommended by those that have applied it and 5 is what we did on ours, It has been 2 years now with only one maintenance coat at the end of a year and it still looks great. We just got a compliment from another Bounder owner today. Chuck

Thanks Chuck. I think I'll go for at least one more. 
Bob T,  It's no work at all. Just put some on a micro fiber cloth and wipe it on. Just make sure there are no runs before you move onto another section. I would say it actually takes about 1 hour or a little lomger to do a coat. It takes more time to move the ladder.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2017, 08:05:15 PM »
Wow Rene!
That does sound easier than waxing.
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 10:46:46 PM »
I did our old MH with it and was amazed at the difference..
 But it took 4 coats to look decent and 5 coats was better yet...

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Rene T

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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2017, 04:33:19 AM »

That does sound easier than waxing.


Yes it is easier than waxing but I'm not saying it's better than waxing. Some here on the forum are dead set against using ZEP and that waxing is the only way to go. I don't profess to know what is the best process. I just know what works for me. Many members here have had excellent results and some have had poor results. I think that much of the issues are created by a poor prep job.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2017, 05:00:58 AM »
      I have been using Zep for a number of years and came up with a lazy way to apply.  Using a Swiffer  covered with a micro fiber cut to fit the applicater and taped on.  Then pore just enough Zep to cover the bottom of a container, dip the Swiffer in, drag it across the edge to remove most of the Zep .  I can do most of the coach standing on the ground.

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Rene T

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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2017, 05:03:51 AM »
      I have been using Zep for a number of years and came up with a lazy way to apply.  Using a Swiffer  covered with a micro fiber cut to fit the applicater and taped on.  Then pore just enough Zep to cover the bottom of a container, dip the Swiffer in, drag it across the edge to remove most of the Zep .  I can do most of the coach standing on the ground.

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Bill, that's a great idea. The only concern I would have is that it mat be difficult to see any runs.  And I have soooo many things that will create runs.  Awning arms, trim pieces, vents, door frames, ladder, topper mounting brackets etc. I'll do it by hand. Thanks anyway for the idea. It may help others. 
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Rene T

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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2017, 09:34:32 AM »
I just went out and did coat #4 and #5 on one side. #4 did make a difference but I'm not so sure about #5. I'm still going to do the remainder of the RV with a total of 5 coats. An extra coat can't hurt I don't think. 

I plan on stopping at a Blue Beacon Truck Wash (1 hour from my final destination) on the way to FL in a couple of weeks. Anyone know if their soaps will affect the ZEP?
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2017, 09:37:51 AM »
I just went out and did coat #4 and #5 on one side. #4 did make a difference but I'm not so sure about #5. I'm still going to do the remainder of the RV with a total of 5 coats. An extra coat can't hurt I don't think. 

I plan on stopping at a Blue Beacon Truck Wash (1 hour from my final destination) on the way to FL in a couple of weeks. Anyone know if their soaps will affect the ZEP?

We used Blue Beacon once and never again. The coach looked terrible after whatever they used on it. There were stains and splotches all over after it dried, and after a few months, we have still not been able to get it all back to what it was.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2017, 09:48:35 AM »
We used Blue Beacon once and never again. The coach looked terrible after whatever they used on it. There were stains and splotches all over after it dried, and after a few months, we have still not been able to get it all back to what it was

Strange, last year on our way to FL, we pulled into the same one we're going to use this year and they did a excellent job. They washed the entire 5vr and the truck and applied a coat of RainEx and only charged us $47.00. They had one guy who was the boss with about 8 little monkeys going all over my set up RV and truck.. He cracked the whip.
I see you're also from FL. I used the one just off I-75 at Exit 285.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2017, 01:04:21 PM »
3 coats is probably OK, but 5 is recommended by those that have applied it and 5 is what we did on ours, It has been 2 years now with only one maintenance coat at the end of a year and it still looks great. We just got a compliment from another Bounder owner today. Chuck

Chuck, when you say "one maintenance coat" are you saying to just wash it and apply one coat of ZEP?
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2017, 04:46:33 PM »
Chuck, when you say "one maintenance coat" are you saying to just wash it and apply one coat of ZEP?

That's exactly what we do. Chuck
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2017, 06:21:41 PM »
I have a question Rene: how long do we all have to wait for pictures of this shiny new rig?!  ;) ;D
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2017, 09:04:07 PM »
I have a question Rene: how long do we all have to wait for pictures of this shiny new rig?!  ;) ;D

I don't really think you'd see anything in pictures. You'll just have to take my word for it.  ;)
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2017, 02:18:55 PM »
What Zep product are you using? Zep makes hundreds of products from glass cleaner to drain cleaners and most things in between, including lube sprays and bearing grease. After reading this thread I googled Zep and still couldn't decide what you're using.
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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2017, 02:54:55 PM »
What Zep product are you using? Zep makes hundreds of products from glass cleaner to drain cleaners and most things in between, including lube sprays and bearing grease. After reading this thread I googled Zep and still couldn't decide what you're using.

Keep in mind, a gallon goes a long way. I ordered 2 gallons and only used about 3/4 of a gallon on the first jug. I have a new second jug which I may never use.

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=zep+wet+look+floor+polish&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=177831232476&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9556058888072494622&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9002479&hvtargid=kwd-129821029020&ref=pd_sl_7614cs13mc_e
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2017, 04:36:34 PM »
What Zep product are you using? Zep makes hundreds of products from glass cleaner to drain cleaners and most things in between, including lube sprays and bearing grease. After reading this thread I googled Zep and still couldn't decide what you're using.

We used the drain cleaner followed up with a good coat of bearing grease :)
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2017, 05:29:41 PM »
We used the drain cleaner followed up with a good coat of bearing grease :)

Well kept secret. Wish you had told me 2 weeks ago.   :o ::) ;D
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2017, 07:01:18 PM »
I don't really think you'd see anything in pictures. You'll just have to take my word for it.  ;)

Then you need a better camera.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2017, 09:02:20 AM »
Hopefully this works. What your seeing in the 1st picture is the reflection of the colorful trees in the slide out wall. I also did all my vents and access doors like for the fridge, stove hood vent, furnace and water heater.
The last 2 pictures show the reflection of my porch railing.



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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2017, 09:07:50 AM »
Thanks Rene, I followed the link, and found we're talking about floor polish. It does look very good.
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« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2017, 12:19:29 PM »
Looking really nice.
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« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2017, 04:33:53 PM »
Looks great Rene.
Thanks for putting photos up.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2017, 01:21:08 AM »
Hi Rene T,

Thank you for posting this information. Looks like buffing down the finish before applying the ZEP is an important step. I'd just do the higher portion of our coach as the Pledge seems to work really well on the base area.
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2017, 05:56:24 AM »
One question for those of you have been using ZEP. What do you wash the RV with when it does get dirty? I'm  concerned about using something which will remove the ZEP I just put on.
I see that ZEP produces a neutral concentrate floor cleaner. I wonder if that's what we should use.

https://www.amazon.com/Commercial-Zuneut128-Neutral-Concentrate-1-gallon/dp/B00360DG9S/ref=sr_1_20_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1508583498&sr=8-20&keywords=zep

And what if I want to wash the rubber roof with a mixture of water and bleach to kill any mold and a mild detergent. Will this cut through the ZEP polish I just put on?
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2017, 08:26:54 AM »
We use an ordinary car wash, NOT the wash and wax type. I would never use bleach on the coach, including the roof. Bleach is caustic and will not be kind to any finish, including the ZEP. Chuck
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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2017, 08:28:51 AM »
We use an ordinary car wash, NOT the wash and wax type. I would never use bleach on the coach, including the roof. Bleach is caustic and will not be kind to any finish, including the ZEP. Chuck

Thanks Chuck. I'll keep that in mind. What would you use if you started getting mold on your roof?
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Re: The finished product using ZEP.
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2017, 08:52:41 AM »
I spot clean it with white vinegar. If you have a rubber roof, use one of the rubber roof sealers on it and you won't get the mold. Chuck
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