Waxing Techiques - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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I have an old Trillium with an oxidized gel coat. After reading various threads on this site I decided to try a couple of methods.

The included image shows the two things I tried.

On the right is the result after using rubbing compound and two coats of Turtle wax. On the left is 3.5 coats of Zep High Traffic Floor Finish. Why do I say 3.5 coats, because it rained just after applying the second coat and it became streaked.

The left has more shine but the right is much smoother to the touch.

In the middle is the original surface after being washed.

The Zep application take much less effort.


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Old 08-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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The zep threads say 5 or 6 coats does the trick. Would love to hear what you say after two more coats. I presume you didn't try the zep sealer under it?
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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I did not use the sealer underneath.
I think in the end I will use the rubbing compound and then 3-4 coats of ZEP.
I have many cracks in the gel coat but I don't have the time to deal with them. I'm just trying to protect what is there.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:15 PM   #4
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Sounds like you have a sound approach.

Some rubbing compound and moderate effort at rubbing out followed by Zep might work out well.

I think the Zep/RMP work in part by filling in the "pits" in the old gel coat. That is why it takes so many coats. Rubbing compound could reduce the pitting a bit to give it a slighty smoother surface without having to rub it to the point of being smooth enough for a paste wax to give it a bright shine.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:23 AM   #5
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I'd use the wax on the tug and the zep on the trailer . No wax will keep its shine for long on fiberglass . As Roy said use the sealer before using the finish
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:42 PM   #6
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I just went out and bought the sealer. I will try a small area with and without the rubbing compound and see if the extra effort makes any difference
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How did the comparison turn out?
To seal or not to seal?

I am prepping my trailer with BKF and plan on finishing with Zep this weekend.
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How did the comparison turn out?
To seal or not to seal?

I am prepping my trailer with BKF and plan on finishing with Zep this weekend.
I've done my trailer several times with the sealer and without the sealer and don't seem to find much difference other than having to by an extra bottle.l don't think you could go wrong either way.
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I once waxed a Burro with 3 coats of Zep, and it looked great.

Nowadays I would rather just wax eloquent.
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