Removing Zep/Red Maxx coatings - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-04-2019, 09:20 AM   #1
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Removing Zep/Red Maxx coatings

Good morning Forvm,

I like many others on the forvm (what Not Polyglow) applied Zep finish to my '94 Scamp several years ago. Due to several circumstances, the camper sat idle in the sun for the most part during summers and was put in a clean covered barn over winters. As i am now once again in a position to use the Scamp i want to refinish the Zep finish. The finish is now very uneven or spotty with some retaining the gloss while other areas with little or no gloss evident.

I have applied the Zep Heavy Duty Remover and BarKeepers Friend products to remove all shine and start from scratch however with only margnal success. QUESTION: for those who have refinished their previously ""Zepped" finish to what extent and effort did you go to remove the entire old Zep finish Did you leave some of the previous good finish intact applying the suggest 4-5 coats over the now spotty looking Zep finish?

any input would be appreciated, thanks Ramsey
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:47 AM   #2
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Search via google is your friend.

Two good answers I have seen others post:

From Jack L: "Zep makes a liquid wax stripper that will take the old wax off. Use a spray bottle and spray it on a wet trailer full strength to let it soak and cut thru the old wax. Do this on a cloudy day, or in a light rain. On a sunny day things dry too fast. A good scrub pad and warm water help too."

From Borrego Dave: "use the Zep stripper full strength, cutting it to what Zep calls for will take 3 or 4 go arounds at least. I used a spray bottle and one of those green/blue rough/soft sided kitchen sponges, I used the rough side. Worked areas about 3x3'. Sprayed it on, waited about ten seconds and hit it with the sponge and rinsed. Took about an hour to strip my SD17. Only had a couple spots I had to go over again. BTW, my egg sits outside in the SoCal desert and the Zep shine lasted two years very well before I decided to strip and rewax to stay a head of it. It's 107* today, big cool down going, it has been running 115-117 a few days ago . I understand your concern from all the threads, I read them also. So from my experience, if it can hold up to the extremes I have here, I'm staying with Zep. YMMV"

Bar Keepers Friend is not designed to remove wax. It is a surface cleaner. Once the wax is off, sure, its a very good product.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:45 AM   #3
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thrifty bill quoted a post I made sometime back. Let me add. The Zep stripper is the only thing I found that would work. Part of the reason that I had to strip it was because I put it on too thick. Thin coats using a WHITE microfiber cloth is best.
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Old 06-04-2019, 03:13 PM   #4
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thanks for the suggestions. Using the Zep full strength made a big difference in time savings.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for this comment! Exactly what I was looking for. Off to get some Zep stripper this time!
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Old 08-05-2020, 02:34 PM   #6
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Use of and removing Zep Wet Look floor polish: Like many others, I have used this product to give the nice shine on exterior. Now after using a non-brand pressure wash concentrate, I have a mess on the gelcoat. It has left uneven color/shine. Just called manufacturer ZEP and they said this product was not intended for fiberglass RV and they do NOT recommend it for this purpose. The reason: it is very difficult to get off when you have my problem or want to start over. She said the only way is to use the Zep Floor polish remover in diluted strength and scrub,scrub.
I will go get some and try the undiluted method mentioned above. If anyone else has ideas, please shout!!
Once you get it off, what do you use to give a nice shine so that I don't duplicate this down the road?
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Old 08-05-2020, 03:25 PM   #7
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I have removed my zep finish numerous times over the years and have never had a problem , its about a 2 hour job with the right approach . Apply a 50-50 mix of zep stripper and warm water to an manageable area not the whole trailer soaking it and keeping it wet and use a scrub sponge and elbow grease to remove it after it has softened ,rinse it and then repeat on the next section. Yes you will have to do some physical work to remove it and reapply but much less than repeatatly waxing and buffing with not very good results.
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Old 08-05-2020, 03:26 PM   #8
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I posted just above as I was going to get some ZEP Remover.
The technique @Thrifty Bill quotes above worked the best for me. Tried a few different things through the years. Took more than an hour for me, probably 3-4 hours (and yes, I'd do it all not trying to save spots). Plus another hour or so over the next couple days touching up. You can't see what you've missed until it dries.

Then apply the ZEP polish as described elsewhere.
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Old 08-06-2020, 12:57 PM   #9
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We bought the Zep Floor polish remover, following the directions above and were very pleased with the results. Thank you for saving the day for us.
Ready to put the polish back on tomorrow.
How often do you strip the polish off?
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Old 08-07-2020, 12:16 PM   #10
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I used the zep floor wax remover. It removed some of the black paint on the window frames.
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