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Author Topic: Bodywork shine - Red Max Pro 3 no longer avail - ZEP is same product :-)  (Read 65317 times)

Just Lou

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I to would like to know if this works with the painted aluminum trailers.......
It might work fine on non-polished, or even polished aluminum, but I got some on my bright metal wheel simulators and it gave them a hazy look.  I had to remove it.
'97 Bounder 34V (F53 w/tag), '99 Honda Accord EX

PiRsquare

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This looks like what I am looing for my 2004 sightseer looks so old - this past winter was very hard on it.

When it starts to dull do you have to strip it all off and start over or just wash and apply another (some) more coats?

catblaster

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Mine looked great for a long time but got hazy and spots that looked like mold formed under the coating. It's a real problem to remove, so far I've used the stripper mixed, straight, lacquer thinner (works best but I cant handle the fumes), pressure sprayer, ammonia, 409, and finally I sanded it with 1000 grit wet or dry and polished with 3M compound.  Half of it is done and it looks better than it ever has.
Will and Jane
95 Winnebago Luxor

Just Lou

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Will,
What constitutes "a long time"?
Mine has been on since 2011 and still looks great.  Hope I'm not getting to it's end of life.

We have the same potential mold and mildew problems here in NC that you have in Fla, so that concerns me a little.  I did put on a refresher coat last spring, and I put a small amount of bleach in my wash water which may have discouraged any mold growth.

I've been a big proponent of RMP-3 and ZEP, so I hate to hear the my baby has an ugly side. ;) :D
'97 Bounder 34V (F53 w/tag), '99 Honda Accord EX

catblaster

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I know what you mean Lou, I was sold on it too. I think I had one of  my buddies put it on in January of 2012 about the time I went on oxy and he went on unemployment. That makes 2 1/2 years. I made the mistake of pressure washing it with a 3000psi sprayer. That took some of it off and probably pushed some moisture into the coating.

The 1000 grit sanding and polishing is the way to go if a person has the time and ability. The old girl looks better than she ever has and has changed color towards the lighter side also. I expect the drivers side to take me a week to sand and polish.
Will and Jane
95 Winnebago Luxor

driftless shifter

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Quick report on mine, not quite a year later. 4 coats and RV has been parked 99% of the time, same side facing south. South side now looks like the Zep was absorbed by the old paint. The south side  of the fiberglass front cap still looks like I just did it, so does the north side and rear cap. Rear cap has no side exposure. I intended 1 or 2 more coats this year anyway as I really cut into the paint, you could feel the deepness of the oxidization with your fingertips.

Bill
Bill & Nan
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93 bounder 34, chevy chassis
couple of aircooled vw's, 1 fast(sold), 1 reliable(sold).  Dubless : (
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CRRPastor

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Re: Bodywork shine - Red Max Pro 3 no longer avail - ZEP is same product :-)
« Reply #96 on: August 19, 2015, 03:33:24 PM »
I am so glad I ran across this thread a few weeks ago. We have a 95 Newmar Kountry Star. And I can say that 38 ft feels more like 38 miles when you're struggling with how to restore the finish. But in just 15 hours or so I have singlehandedly turned my land boat into a yacht using this method. Can't say enough thank you's to Doug.

« Last Edit: August 19, 2015, 03:35:49 PM by CRRPastor »
Terry & Colleen
2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 3778
New Mexico
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in a large crowd."

eldcas57

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Re: Bodywork shine - Red Max Pro 3 no longer avail - ZEP is same product :-)
« Reply #97 on: August 30, 2015, 08:23:25 PM »
Hello

I've been reading through this thread for couple days now debating whether I should try it or not.  Well I finally broke down and purchased
Doug's suggested list of items and went to work today.  I'm not finished with the M/H yet but with the section that I did get finished I was amazed at how good it looks.  We have a 1999 Rexhall Aerbus, it still looks good but the fiber-glass ends were starting to lose their shine, I can say not no more.  Question:  once it's finished and it has the road grime back on it, if I understand what I've been reading mild soap and water will clean, it up can you at some point wax that area?

Eldon and Bert (Roberta)
Eldon & Bert
Buddy & Cali, the Critters
U.S. Army Retired
1999 Rexhall Aerbus 3550 BSL
Triton V10

james baker

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Re: Bodywork shine - Red Max Pro 3 no longer avail - ZEP is same product :-)
« Reply #98 on: September 12, 2015, 05:11:00 PM »
I posted in Oct of 2013 That I ZEPed my 1996 Allegro about a year and a half ago it now has been 3 and a half years I have fiberglass end caps and sides my doors are aluminum and painted I applied ZEP to all areas and have done a light touch up coat to caps and the basement doors. The sides still look great. No signs of cracking or flaking. I use DAWN dish soap to wash my coach. I have a good friend he has a 1994 Winne Brave we did his coach about a year ago he was going to get it repainted so now he is totally sold on the ZEP . My coach sits outside about 10 mos. a year in the TEXAS sun. I think the secret to a good job is all in the prep of the coach Bar Keepers Friend and scrub it completely and apply ZEP with a micro fiber towel  and very thin coats. I did 5 coats. Touch up with Zep same thing thin coats.  Keep the shining   
1996 Allegro 29 ft gas, tow 1991 miata mx5 restored  Gun Barrel City Texas

JoeFatz

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sorry to drag up such an old post, lots of good detailed information but I still have at least one question.
my mh has yellowed, or at least it appears yellowed, maybe yellow is a bad way to describe it, its off white, not sure if thats the original color although it doesnt match the painted front clip. will this method remove the yellowing?
another ?, I have taken a polisher and hit a few areas, I used nothing more than mothers carnauba cleaner wax and the spots are very smooth and shine a lot better than the area around it I did not do, does it make sense to go through this process or should I possibly just polish and call it done.
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driftless shifter

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You have to determine if the yellow is oxidization or not. If it is oxidization it needs to be removed before any product will give satisfying results. Poor preparation is what leads to the poor results of yellowing and flaking. You are essentially doing a finish restoration It can be done either by spending lots of money for professional job or lots of elbow grease for a DIY. It took me three days of prep and not even half a day for application of Zep Wet Look Floor Finish. First application lasted over 2 years, when it needed a second application the first application looked like it had simply evaporated. No yellowing, flaking, or any other surface issues, Just a good wash and reapply.

Bill
Bill & Nan
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93 bounder 34, chevy chassis
couple of aircooled vw's, 1 fast(sold), 1 reliable(sold).  Dubless : (
USN '76-'80, 1 boat, USS Blandy, DD 943.
I'm an analog guy in a digital age.

JoeFatz

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Thank you. 
Today I got some commercial bleach and did a 50/50 mix, its amazing what this stuff does.
It appears the panels are an off white color but the bleach mixture is cleaning all of the areas that have that cracked look, I really don't have much oxidation, other than on the stickers, just more of a dirty coach. I cleaned on 6x6 area with the bleach and rinsed it real good, let it dry and cloped on some wax by hand, the shine is incredible.
I think I may get it clean and make the zep process a project for later down the road.
I believe its been a few years since it was properly cleaned.
Retired at a young age, but that doesn't mean I forgot anything

KSJim

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Where do you find the "White" scrubbies?  I've found green, blue, red but no white ones.
Jim D
South Central Ks
1996 Four Winds XL

 

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