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Old 12-02-2017, 10:02 PM   #1
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Which Was/Polish?

We'll be picking up our 19 the end of March. I'm already starting to think about care and feeding.

That said, I'm wondering which was/polish is recommended to keep the exterior looking great. I've heard good things about Zep Wet Look floor polish. It made a friend's Scamp 5er look good and I hear it lasts a long time....with no buffing.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/ZEP-128-...F128/202859659

My wife and I spent well over 20 years maintaining fiberglass sailboats and I'm looking for an easier way. I've tried about everything except this Zep polish.

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-02-2017, 11:26 PM   #2
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We'll be picking up our 19 the end of March. I'm already starting to think about care and feeding.

That said, I'm wondering which was/polish is recommended to keep the exterior looking great. I've heard good things about Zep Wet Look floor polish. It made a friend's Scamp 5er look good and I hear it lasts a long time....with no buffing.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/ZEP-128-...F128/202859659

My wife and I spent well over 20 years maintaining fiberglass sailboats and I'm looking for an easier way. I've tried about everything except this Zep polish.

Any thoughts?
My take is, Zep is a floor finish. Some people use it on oxidized gelcoat to restore the shine. There is no need to use such a product on new gelcoat. It's already shiny and not oxidized.

I recommend a good Marine polish like Starbrite or a high quality Marine wax designed for fiberglass. Any number of products will protect the finish, prevent oxidation, and provide a smoother more shiny surface than Zep ever could.

Use it a minumum of once a year, twice a year being more preferable. Do that and you'll have a shiny trailer for a long time. Doing a proper wax job doesn't really take that long when you think about it - maybe an afternoon of your time.

If you ever do develop oxidation and loss of sheen, instead of resorting to a floor finish, I'd say do a proper job and buff the surface back to a high gloss with a high speed polisher (like my Porter Cable) and some compound.
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Old 12-02-2017, 11:33 PM   #3
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Escape industries has some products on their shelf for keeping the finish polished.
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Old 12-02-2017, 11:51 PM   #4
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Besides, if you use Zep, you have to get one of these:
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We’ve had a good experience with this wax by Meguiar’s:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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The easiest way to maintain the finish is to marry off a daughter to someone who likes waxing.

Having covered storage helps minimize oxidation and black streaks.

The 1st year or 2 just waxing does the job, after that you start fighting the oxidation. You already know all about what's involved in that. The roof takes a beating, it's the hardest part to maintain, if you worry about such.

I found polish, like Starbrite lasts a lot longer then Caruaba wax but is not as deep a finish.
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Here I thought this thread was about Poland......
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Besides, if you use Zep, you have to get one of these:
Sure that floor buffer will work but it’s hard to hold over your head to do the sides. The top
aint bad but there are a lot of obstacles. We use Rejex polish at least once a year and wash the trailer with Meguiars Gold car wash when we come back off the road. Our 2010 19 looked like new when we sold it last August. The new to us 21 had been well maintained by AZJack and was kept under a “camperport” in Arizona and looked good when we got it. Once home, we used the Rejex on the exterior and it looks like new. Like many other campers we’ve camped with, Rita will give the 21 a sponge bath once we’re set up, especially at a rally. Keeping the trailer in a building when not in use is a great help.
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Sure that floor buffer will work but it’s hard to hold over your head to do the sides. The top
aint bad but there are a lot of obstacles. We use Rejex polish at least once a year and wash the trailer with Meguiars Gold car wash when we come back off the road. Our 2010 19 looked like new when we sold it last August. The new to us 21 had been well maintained by AZJack and was kept under a “camperport” in Arizona and looked good when we got it. Once home, we used the Rejex on the exterior and it looks like new. Like many other campers we’ve camped with, Rita will give the 21 a sponge bath once we’re set up, especially at a rally. Keeping the trailer in a building when not in use is a great help.
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Hi: Iowa Dave... I'll try to "Sponge off" when we camp next to ya!!! That must be what that external shower's for...really. Alf
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We’ve had a good experience with this wax by Meguiar’s:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Yes, Meguiar’s works great.
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