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Old 05-12-2014, 07:51 PM   #15
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Wow, a lot of answers to this - I confess to not having checked over the winter but thanks to everyone!

So I think this is the year I try Zep. Most of you have used this stuff for a couple of years and I'm wondering how you feel about it now. Specifically: Does it need to be stripped for recoating; is it hard to strip; how do you strip it? How often do you have to recoat (yearly?). Does it leave a thick edge or peel back when you have to remove calking or decals? Can an exposed edge be rubbed and recoated with more Zep or do I have to start again? Oh, and does it better resist those infamous black streaks or at least clean up more easily?

Lots of questions but answers to any would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 05-12-2014, 08:09 PM   #16
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zep for boats??

Ive compounded my boat to bring back shine and then waxed it. It still does not shine so good
what can you do to strip off all the wax then use zep what is the procedure
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:47 PM   #17
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Randy once you use the zep you will never use anything else. First thing to do is strip off that turtle wax you wasted i mean put on. Then I would take 600-800 grit wet sandpaper to it then I would touch up lightly any blemishes or scratches with as close a color spray paint you can I would then apply 1-2 coats of zep sealer I prefer to use a good quality micro fibre sponge but a cloth will also work .then I would apply 3-5 coats of the high gloss floored finish tacking care to go back and check for runs as they will harden and remain although you can resand them out works better if you have 2 people to help after that your done for the year maybe 2 The only part of the trailer that will eventually peel will be the roof if it stays wet allot but you can just redo the roof again think of zep as a clear coat that car manufactures spra over the base coat rather than a wax I would bet that most of the ingredients in zep are the same in most water based enviro friendly auto clear coats. As to black streaks they will clean far easier as they will sit on top rather than soak in to the gell coat. Once you use Zep you will never regret.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:58 AM   #18
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Randy, Zep is the way to go. I read many posts before using it. Just a couple things to add to other posts. Someone here used a green colored micro fiber towel to apply the Zep and had a slight green tinge when he was done....use a white micro towel. I wrung the towel out as hard as I could before applying the Zep and never had any problems with runs. I have an SD 17 and used an 8' step ladder and started at the top and worked down. It took about 20 minutes per coat. By the time you are done with one coat, where you started is dry. After three coats it was looking pretty good but the FOURTH one was the sweet spot. But since I still had enough left in the bowl..... I did a 5th . You don't really want to do this in the sun as it dries to fast. I live in the desert, not much in the way of trees and was able to use a friends airplane hanger. I've never heard of the Zep coating bubbling but if it did I would think it would have been caused by iffy prep work. Mine is outside in the desert sun 24/7 and still looks as good as the first day.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:56 AM   #19
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I used Zep last weekend w fantastic results! Click image for larger version

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Old 05-13-2014, 11:11 AM   #20
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Post-Zep & stripping

In July '13, we cleaned our '89 Bigfoot and applied Zep. We are having the stripes redone this year, so I spent about 20 hours using blow dryer and plastic scraper to remove the old stripes. One PO had painted over the stripes. This made it more difficult to remove them.
In the first picture you can see where I removed the stripes and then used a spray-on decal remover and/or Goo-Gone to remove any remaining glue/detritus.
We also removed the Zep we applied last year. We used the Zep stripper to remove it. This took one afternoon and we made sure that the stripper was not allowed to dry before rinsing it off. In the second picture, you can see the cleaned trailer on the left and the old Zep on the right. (We had been camping the week prior and had not washed it before removing stripes and old Zep.)
In the last picture, you can see the ghost of the stripes. The shiny part is the original gelcoat and the dull is the oxidized gelcoat where the Zep was removed.
Once the stripes are reapplied, we will be recoating it with the Zep.
I have found that the black streaks are not very difficult to remove. I do use one of the eraser sponges. Do not rub too hard or you will scratch the Zep finish.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:44 PM   #21
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Well, thanks again. I'd like to change the orange horizontal stripe on mine and should probably do that first, although I'm anxious to get it shiny in a hurry for spring! I removed and reseated the rear window last year (it was a leaker) and someday should probably do the others although so far they seem fine. So its good to know the stuff can be stripped and re-applied. Great pictures - very inspiring!

Oh, what kind of spray paint did you use to get the "close match"? When I did the rear window I had to do quite a bit of repair (the original hole was too big and there was also damage around the screw holes). I couldn't find a good match and painted a border around the window instead, same green as the Trillium Logo. Looks pretty good but I'd rather not continue the theme on other spots.

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Old 05-13-2014, 07:50 PM   #22
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Oh, two more things. Could I wait to reapply my decal/stripe until after the zep coat is added? Will it stick?
And I've found that two spray lubricants - WD-40 and Gigiloo - work really well for removing decal goo.

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Old 05-13-2014, 11:03 PM   #23
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We removed the Zep in order to have the new stripes applied, and the shop is roughing up the surface where the old stripes were applied. He will actually be painting the stripes in order to get the color match we wanted, so maybe that makes a difference?
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