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Old 05-08-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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How to polish/fix ZEP wet look FF?

After giving my scamp a stripe I started the ZEP treatment. Unfortunately I started with a cheap microfiber cloth which had lots of microfibers.... not attached to the cloth. There is an area on the roof and side which is quite uneven from the fibers. Did someone ever try to slightly sand the floor finish- will I have to strip it and start over in this area? I was really careful around the (many) rivets but there is some ugly build-up between some that are close together, again can I sand this or carefully rub with ammonia window cleaner?

Here is a picture of the progress so far (3 coats) in the storage place I am using- lots of old, cool, rotten cars there.
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try to reapply with a new cloth, it may remove the dried stuff.
That looks like a neat storage place, tight quarters though. some sort of basement in an older building?
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I'm with Jim- try again with a (prewashed) rag...I think Zep acts as its own solvent and the fresh will dissolve the old. Just keep changing rags and hopefully you can mop the fibers/excess off.

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I tried, after I noticed the fibers I changed to a more leather like cloth, the fibers sticked to the 1st layer, though.

Yes the storage is in an old factory upstairs is storage lockers downstairs garage. The camper just fits through the door. I normally push it by hand to its space so no problem with tight corners.
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With any "cloth" used to apply a final finish, wash/dry, wash/dry, wash/dry. I have no other opinion other than to say... is it good enough for a 10 yard look? Maybe you're too close to the project. If it's sealed and done... IMHO GO CAMPING. It's not about looking perfect (even brand new from the factory finishes aren't perfect), but is it good enough for you to get out and camp "this season."

In years past, I've camped in tents where holes with sealed with duck tape, my Scamp exterior was less than stellar clean... but one thing I've always made was memories. Do not delay due to a less than perfect trailer finish. The one thing you can NEVER get back is time....
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Do not delay due to a less than perfect trailer finish. The one thing you can NEVER get back is time....
I hear you - I already cut back a lot on the list (who needs new cabinet doors...). All it really needs else is new tires- we booked a campground in 2 weeks! But don't you also get trailer fix addiction (TFA!) if you see all the nicely remodeled ones here?
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Never, ever compare your knowledge.. skills, abilities and budget to someone else. As is said... walk a mile in their shoes. Truly making memories is all about YOU. Before too long someone else's beautifully finished trailer fades to the background when you realize you're out and having a terrific time.

You're not "them" and they aren't "you." Who cares? GO CAMPING!
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I did the same thing on my first Zep job.
I ended up using 400 grit wet/dry sand paper and doing a light wet/dry sanding.

I have a neighbor with a whole herd of little kids.
I talked her out of some old diapers and they didn't leave any lint.
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I ended up sanding the area carefully with wet 320 paper. I think it took the fibers off but I needed 3 layers to cover the sanding scratches, so striping it would have worked as well.
After taking it out in the sunlight most of the faults disappeared, the shop lights in the garage apparently made them show much more.

Washing the cloth before application is a very good idea.
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Wow Perry - I recall my mother talking about guys who could charm nuns out of their knickers - but you - you charm neighbour ladies out of their diapers! ;-)

Sorry - couldn't resist!
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