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Old 07-01-2013, 05:58 AM   #15
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I put on a coat with a buffer, then about 20 minutes later another coat.
Shines no doubt, but looks a little nasty. is it the buffer or just need most coats? Also should i buff with a clean terry cloth buff pad after the last coat?
You don't need a buffer and two coats isn't enough.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:41 AM   #16
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Zep............

Will a person have the task of stripping this stuff off in a couple years?
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:16 AM   #17
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Don't need a buffer, just wipe it on. Shine won't really come out until the 3rd or 4th coat. Then it will amaze you. I've been toying with the idea of a coat of wax over the Zep, but it's really not needed. With some of the changes I've been making in the Scamp, I'll probably end up stripping it and recoating the whole trailer next year, just to keep it all even.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:17 AM   #18
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Will a person have the task of stripping this stuff off in a couple years?
If you use the zep stripper , my experience is that it is easier to strip than putting on the 5 coats of floor wax. I stripped the polyGlo after 3 years . Had issues with ammonia , I think the zep stripper was about $9/gal and well worth it only took about 45 min. To completely remove everything but the roof which I had spent about half a day on with the ammonia.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #19
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Don't use the buffer. Just a plain lint free cloth. The buffer seems to throw it around and not aply evenly. With a cloth you just wring it out and wipe and when finihed you can start again with next coat , dries quickly. I notice a big difference after the 3 rd coat and then put on two more, GREAT SHINE>
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #20
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Buffer VS. micro fiber

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You don't need a buffer and two coats isn't enough.
I think that the use of the buffer to apply the floor finish might be a bit much as the product dries rather quickly and the spatter that the buffer would produce maybe detrimental to your project, micro fiber towels worked real well for me, applies evenly and with 4-5 coats you should have a good glosy finish.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:13 PM   #21
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wax over

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Don't need a buffer, just wipe it on. Shine won't really come out until the 3rd or 4th coat. Then it will amaze you. I've been toying with the idea of a coat of wax over the Zep, but it's really not needed. With some of the changes I've been making in the Scamp, I'll probably end up stripping it and recoating the whole trailer next year, just to keep it all even.
I have been toying with the idea of applying a carnuba wax over my zep finish also, mainly to help to repell any black streaking. Let me know how it works out for you.
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I have been toying with the idea of applying a carnuba wax over my zep finish also, mainly to help to repell any black streaking. Let me know how it works out for you.
Wax dosen't keep the streaks off, maybe a little easier to clean though
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:26 PM   #23
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I found after the Zep is on all you need to do to remove any marks is wash with cold water the Zep forms a pretty hard finish.
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Zep.............

I have the issue of just part of this camper I bought,is chalky. (2004 Scamp 5th)having been stored under a carport, the top is factory flawless in shine as well as the passenger side and rear but the front and driver side was exposed to the sun and elements. I feel unwilling to put zep over these shiny sides but zep came out great on the nose! I am trying to find a way to merge the two?
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I have the issue of just part of this camper I bought,is chalky. ..... I feel unwilling to put zep over these shiny sides but zep came out great on the nose! I am trying to find a way to merge the two?
You might try a paste wax over the top but I don't really see how the zep would "hurt" the unweathered sides of the camper. 4 to 5 coats over the whole thing and I would think it would all just look shiny. Assuming you used something such a Barkeepers or fiberglass oxide remover to clean off and the chalky weathered surface.

My 35 year old scamp has some sections that are very weathered, some much less weathered. Redmaxx (different brand of zep product) blends them fine by the 4th coat.

Someone mentioned waiting for a sunny day to take a picture of the shine. Overcast but fairly bright day works better for that type of picture. Indirect light through clouds shows the shine without the reflections and glare of direct sunlight.
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Six coats of Zep applied three years ago. Six more coats applied 3 weeks ago. Did nothing in between but wash it down with Mr Clean and a hose.
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Does anyone have a photo of the Zep container? There seems to be several types around
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