Zep flaking problem - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-27-2015, 09:23 PM   #1
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Zep flaking problem

I went with the Zep when I bought my trailer (1996 5er Deluxe) and it looked great for two years. At the end of the season last summer the roof and some of the rounded edges especially in the front had worn down and peeled. I assumed it was because I had spent a lot of time in New Mexico in the sun and heat and wind. I used some barkeepers friend and cleaned it up and applied a few coats of Zep let it dry winterized and put on a cover for the winter feeling like I was abandoning it! Just took off the cover and have found some peeling at the edges again! I'm guessing I have done something wrong. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:24 PM   #2
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Same thing here on my 1989 Bigfoot. I have abandoned the "floor wax" idea for 3M marine-grade waxes and polishes, which seem to hold up better. Details are in my post on this page:

Check this out NOT Poliglow...Time will tell..
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:46 PM   #3
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I went with the Zep when I bought my trailer (1996 5er Deluxe) and it looked great for two years. At the end of the season last summer the roof and some of the rounded edges especially in the front had worn down and peeled. I assumed it was because I had spent a lot of time in New Mexico in the sun and heat and wind. I used some barkeepers friend and cleaned it up and applied a few coats of Zep let it dry winterized and put on a cover for the winter feeling like I was abandoning it! Just took off the cover and have found some peeling at the edges again! I'm guessing I have done something wrong. Any thoughts?
did you use zep stripper and redoo the whole thing? If not is the peeling where the old meets the new?
mine lasted 2 years out in the So Cal sun and then I stripped it all and recoated. The stripper works well with hot water. Redoing it all again was half as hard as the first time.

The only other thing I can think of is you didn't get the bar keepers washed off well before recoating.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:53 AM   #4
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Thanks for posting the old thread. Tons of info there. Hate the thought of stripping and starting over but sounds like that may be neccessary. Then I have to decide if I want to switch methods!
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