Zep Wet-Look Floor Finish - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-15-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Zep Wet-Look Floor Finish

I'm considering putting Zep on my vintage Trillium, as many of you have described. Your trailers look great! My only concern is that I am extremely sensitive to off-gassing from some finishes (usually paint or varnish). I can wear PPE while applying the stuff but am concerned about off-gassing after it's dry. I have experienced stinging eyes and other allergy-like symptoms for months after a new finish has been applied inside my home. Granted this will be outside but outside air does come inside through windows. Has anyone had any trouble after using this product, especially if you also used it inside? Does the raw product have a strong chemical smell? Does any smell linger at all once the finish is dry? If so, for how long? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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Strong eye irritant. I have no problem with the fumes from curing applied outside in the fresh air. Rubber gloves a necessity unless you want the best clear nail polish you've ever seen. I don't think the observations of the less sensitive are going to match the those of the hypersensitive but I would discount the probability that strong outgassing would persist more than a few day. However, my conscious awareness of lingering odor might not be as strong as yours.

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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You might consider showing the MSDS sheet to your alergist. I didn''t notice any odor at all within a few hours after application, but my s.o. tells me I'm somewhat insensitive, hard of listening or something like that.....
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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Did mine in the garage (door open) but did not exp any fumes. I did wear rubber gloves tho.

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
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Zep Wet-Look Floor Finish

Thanks for your replies, everyone. Think I'll stick with the old tried n'true Turtle Wax for now and maybe test myself with the Zep by putting it on something disposable later on. Wax isn't quite so shiny, but I think I can live with it.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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I am going to try the Zep this weekend. I am sensitive to smells, but they just bug me, I don't get sick or anything. I'll let you know how strong it smells. I am applying it outdoors, not in a garage.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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I just did mine last month. Be sure and wear gloves. A respirator might be in order too if you are as sensitive as you say. Off gassing after a day or two is negligible, but then again, my sensitivity got burned out after 32 years as a firefighter. Even after reading all the forum comments, I was shocked at how great it looked after the third coat. I put on two coats of sealer first and then four coats of the finish. Now it shines like it is brand new...what a rush! Taking the MSDS to an allergist is a good idea. Good luck!
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Where in Ontario are you Randy?
Somebody near you may already have some for you to test.

If not, they can cut a small piece of paper towel (say 2"x2") wet in Zep and allowed to dry out. That can be placed in a small zip lock bag . That can be mailed for you to test.
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I'm in Ottawa if that helps.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:30 PM   #10
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I didn't notice any, but I don't have issues with it. I've worn a respirator many times working on the camper, but not for that. I would think a respirator would be a good precaution for you. I wouldn't think off gassing would be a problem after a day or two, if at all.
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Hi Randy, since it is a floor polish and formulated for indoor use... I'm thinking the outgas issue would be minor even for someone with hyper sensitivity. The company wouldn't keep producing it if it was a big problem. ZEP is used in schools and commercial buildings.

But I third.. the suggestion of having your allergist look at the MSDS.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:23 PM   #12
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I just finished repairing a small ding in our fiberglass and got our local paint shop to create a spray can of paint that matches our gel-coat. It came out OK, except the paint wasn't quite as glossy as the gel-coat. I used Barkeeper's Friend to slightly improve the fade out of the paint into the gel-coat color, then used Zep to bring the gloss up a level. Worked really well.

While I was at it, I decided to the front of our trailer was looking a little abused and dingy, so I scrubbed it clean and used Zep there, too.

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Now the front of my trailer looks all sparkly and loved and like-new, and the rest of the trailer looks dingy. I guess my next step is to scrub the rest of the trailer clean, use my new spray-paint to get some of the small screw-holes I filled with Bondo and painted with a not-quite-matching white after changing out some of the cabinets to look a little better, and Zep-wax the whole thing.

It'll be work, but it'll be worth it.
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By the way, Zep floor wax is basically the same stuff as water-clean-up Varathane/Urethane furniture finish. If those don't get your knickers in a knot, the Zep probably won't either.
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I finally did theZep treatment on my Dolphin. What an improvement, more shine and deeper color. Posted pics in an album, for some reason the before pics ended up at the end.

Fiberglass RV - SeansmomSandy's Album: Before and after ZEP treatment

The smell was not strong at all, however I felt sick the next day, but that could have been as much from the sun as from the Zep.

A few things I learned:
- Lint free is only lint free for one coat- so have one waxing pad for each coat.
- During the 30 minute drying time any left over wax in the pan can start to get flakes in it - so start each coat with a clean empty container.
- Rubber gloves are never long enough - when doing up high the Zep will run down your arms, watch for that. Baby oil helped take it off skin.

Well worth the day we spent cleaning and waxing.
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