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TxGearhead

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Posted: 05/21/22 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last night I waited until the sun got low behind the trees and attacked the Bigfoot. Started with the lightest acting thing I had...Meguairs Cleaner and Wax, old reliable in the dark red bottle. Less than $10 at WalMart. Used a 4" microfiber on an old random orbit. It worked pretty good. The old no name buffer is a whole lot lighter weight than my Porter Cable. I got the front overhead done and half of one side. Hopefully finish the one side tonight.
It did remove the black streaks.
I put some chemical Guys Butter Wax on the front of the overhead for a little more shine.
I'll be ready for The Knoxville Nationals sprint car races in beautiful Iowa.


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Posted: 05/23/22 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, black streaks are a problem with a BF...hahahaaa.
When I wash my BF I get up on the roof and wash it first...
I mounted my solar panels high enough to get my brush under them...
I use a good wax once a year and wax as you dry every time I wash but only on the sides.

Reddog1 put a trim piece along the top edges to reduce the black streaks. It worked but It sure did look ugly...

Jim


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JimK-NY wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:



I have heard that it yellows and peels off in pieces. Difficult to completely remove. Your experience?


Mine has been on the RV for several years with no peeling, no flaking, no yellowing. I typical do a Spring cleanup with a soap and water and then apply another thin coat of Zep by wiping with a dampened rag.

A couple of years ago I did have an issue with bug splatters that had dried on for months. I had to strip the nose of the RV and apply several thin coats of Zep.

There is a major issue and that is surface prep. Zep is not going to do well when applied over dirt, old paste wax or on an old, oxidized surface. I used wax stripper, then swabbed again with a pretty stiff ammonia solution. Finally I hand scrubbed the entire RV with a 3M scotch pad and Bar Keepers Friend. That sounds like lots of work but really that was not much more than it would take to hand apply a paste wax finish. After prep, I used a rag dampened with Zep to apply thin coats. It takes a minimum of two coats to get a decent shine and a couple more to build up the finish so it will last. I can say for sure it does last, year after year.

Zep also stops oxidation and bleaching of surface due to sunshine. The acrylics in Zep block UV light.


Prep being the key, I'm sure. It's basically a poor mans clearcoat (not to read anything into it).
One of these days, when I have time, the top cap on my snomachine trailer (it's red, so oxidation shows) is oxidized. Side panels are as shiny as they were in 2005 when it was made. I'm excited to use the Zep polish on this area.

Curious, what do you use to strip it off?


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Anyone used Wet & Forget on a RV? I've used it on the rubber roofs of the previous Montana and the TPO roof of the Landmark.
I had a Classic Industries cover on the Bigfoot for quite a while. It developed a light mildew. The area between the back of the A/C and the rear skylight had more mildew and **** on it. It's a pretty tight area to access and I've been thinking about spraying Wet & Forget in there and maybe the entire roof.

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Posted: 05/29/22 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My current 32' 5er didn't come with a drip channel or awning rail.
I ordered enough EZE RV Rain Gutter system for the roof edge and down the corners about a foot.
Its a stick on type. That was in 2000 and its still stuck tight and drains the water to the end corners and down. No sidewall streaks.


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Grit dog wrote:



Curious, what do you use to strip it off?


Zep makes floor wax stripper. If you want to strip regular auto paste wax, you can also use dilute ammonia.

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