Let It Bead
We're Going Streaking
Us waxers are an ambitious, impatient lot. We want to beautify our rides-car or boat... whatever the cost, whatever the weather. The problem is, our detailing desires occasionally get the best of us.
I spoke to a gentleman from Pittsburgh today. He’s been using Collinite’s No.845 Insulator Wax (IW) for over 15 years. He explained a problem he’d encountered this past weekend. After the IW was removed, his black SUV looked great, but he was noticing slight streaks once the vehicle was brought out into the sun.
Here in the states, cold weather is beginning to set in; especially where we are in the northeast (nights are beginning to drop into the 40’s). We all know how this goes; that inevitable urgency we can’t shake to get an extra coat of winter wax on our car or boat to protect against Mother Nature’s future wrath. And herein lies the predicament. Cold nights lead to cold surfaces. Cold surfaces lead to wax drying harder and faster during hurried wax jobs the following morning. And this can lead to wax steaks-unsightly, frustrating, awful wax streaks. Streaks lead to customers asking, “What did I do wrong?”
Some things to remember when using Collinite last step waxes this fall:
1. Following a wash, ensure the finish is free of imperfections; water spots, pre-existing wax, residues, swirls, stains, discoloration etc.
2. Air temperature does not = surface temperature. Just because it’s 11:30AM and 72 degrees F, doesn’t mean your car or boat’s surface is suitable for wax application-paste wax or gel wax. The finish is still warming up from a possibly cooler night. You’re running the risk of streaking the surface if a coat is put down too soon. Optimal conditions are as follows:
• Surface is lukewarm-room temperature to the touch
• Surface is out of direct sunlight
• There is little to no wind factor
3. Thin layers, means THIN layers. Sometimes, when detailing we start applying in thin coats, but subconsciously add more wax as we go on, thinking it's going to improve Collinite’s signature durability or shine. It won’t. It will create streaks. Apply as thin and as evenly as you can.
4. Watch your set up times. Don’t go with an arbitrary time framework (i.e. 3 minutes, 5 minutes or 30 minutes). Different conditions will invariably affect how long it takes the wax to dry. Use your eyes-look to see when the wax changes pigment and begins to cloud or haze as this is your most important visual cue for removal. It will go from clear to a white cloudiness. When that begins to happen, remove immediately.
5. Skill and familiarity with Collinite is easily one of the biggest variables we come across. Some detailers have different preferences when it comes to set up/drying times, sometimes allowing Collinite waxes (gel or paste) to harden even further past the hazing/pigment changing phase. This is where detailing proficiency/skill, equipment, prep work, finesse, and a comprehensive knowledge of paint and products really come into play. One detailer’s preference could be a novice’s nightmare when it comes to removal. If you’re a newbie with Collinite, always work in small sections at a time (2X2 ft).
6. If streaks result because one of the aforementioned tips was not considered, try misting the surface with cold water or quick detailer product, and then remove with microfiber towel. An initial wash may also make the streaks disappear.
What tricks or tips made you rethink your Collinite application and removal process? Email email@example.com or tell us on Facebook. You could win a Collinite t-shirt ….always a great way to cover up after some streaking.