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JimK-NY

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Posted: 04/21/22 06:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At this time of year many of us are de-winterizing and getting our RVs ready for another season. If you are about to wash and wax your RV, perhaps my comments on Zep floor wax will be of interest.

I forgot the exact year but about 6 years ago in the Spring, I washed my RV and applied a coat of paste wax, Meguiars Flagship Premium Marine. The results were not good with lots of swirls and blotchy areas. I applied a second coat and the results were no better. I decided it was time to try ZEP.

I stripped off the Meguiars, scrubbed with Bar Keepers Friend and applied several thin coats of ZEP. Over the past 6 years I have added a couple more coats of ZEP with no additional surface prep except for washing. With one exception, the results have been outstanding. The shine still looks like new. I barely need to wash the RV. Just spraying with a hose removes dirt. There have been no black streaks, no yellowing, no peeling, no sign of deterioration or oxidation.

There has been on exception--the nose of the RV. Baked on bug splatters and road grime have taken a toll. I had to use ZEP stripper to remove the old wax coats and I am about ready to reapply a few coats of ZEP, probably 4 or 5 thin coats.

I will be happy to answer any questions on using ZEP. I will say that good surface prep is essential before applying. Old wax and oxidation needs to be stripped off. Doing the prep is a one time thing as opposed to the work of using traditional waxes at least once or twice a year.

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Your experience with ZEP pretty much matches mine. I have used this product over the past 35+ years on 13 different Fiberglas rigs and have been very pleased with not only the results, but with the durability of the product. Currently using it on the Fiberglas top of my 1997 Pleasureway. Thanks for sharing your experience!


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Good feedback. Thank you. What about decals, is it ok on the decals, no yellowing? We just paid $7k last year to redo all the decals on our FW with high quality, guaranteed to not fade decals. I guess I should be asking the manufacturer too.
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Years ago I used a different floor product but essentially the same and also had good luck. To me, the floor product makes a good “base” and done properly provides a good shine. I would suggest to add an additional step and apply a product that provides UV protection.


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If it ever stops raining here, I'm going to give Zep's a go. 3 other waxes have not worked on my 2002 5th wheel.

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I think that was sold at Lowes and called "Red Max" at one time. I still have a gallon.

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Is Filon and fiberglass considered the same thing? Can it be used on Filon?

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Latner wrote:

Is Filon and fiberglass considered the same thing? Can it be used on Filon?


Filon is a trademark for a fiberglass product.

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ReneeG wrote:

Good feedback. Thank you. What about decals, is it ok on the decals, no yellowing? We just paid $7k last year to redo all the decals on our FW with high quality, guaranteed to not fade decals. I guess I should be asking the manufacturer too.
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My RV was built in 2004. I don't have any problems with them. They are still stuck on and I don't believe there has been any fading. ZEP should provide a protective layer.

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wildtoad wrote:

Years ago I used a different floor product but essentially the same and also had good luck. To me, the floor product makes a good “base” and done properly provides a good shine. I would suggest to add an additional step and apply a product that provides UV protection.


Several years ago I researched this because ZEP was really designed for interior floors and has no added UV protectants. First I learned that regular car waxes often claim to have UV protectant additives but testing has shown the amounts and durability to be little more than advertising claims. I had considered spraying with 303 and then coating with ZEP. I was afraid the 303 would cause issues and the ZEP would not adhere. I thought about spraying 303 after coating with ZEP. I realized that would be virtually worthless. 303 is only effective for about 3 months. Anyway after years of ZEP only there is no sign of UV damage or oxidation. Acrylic by itself protects against UV and probably provides better UV protection than most UV treatments.

* This post was edited 04/21/22 03:19pm by JimK-NY *

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