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No.415 Color-Up Cleaner is an economically designed compound best suited for the removal of clear coat staining, brake dust, oxidation and other paint imperfections that can be commonly remedied by hand use. No. 415 can be used by both hand and DA polisher.
No. 390 Polish utilizes advanced abrasives specifically engineered to remove swirls/fine scratches while leaving behind a professional, mirror finish. To achieve these desired results, No. 390 is designed for machine use only (DA polisher and rotary).
No.920 Fiberglass Boat Cleaner is a medium cut, economically designed compound best suited for the removal of gel coat staining, mild-moderate oxidation and other surface imperfections that can be commonly remedied by hand use.
No. 631 Fleetcut’s versatility combines the cut of a compound with the finish of a polish. Designed for machine use (rotary for cutting, DA for polishing) No. 631 utilizes advanced abrasives specifically engineered to remove moderate-heavy defects; oxidation, minor scratches, swirls, stains and compound haze while leaving behind a professional, mirror finish.
No. 435 features a fast bond polymer additive which will not remove your existing coat of Collinite’s Marine Waxes (925, 885, 870, 845). It’s unique formula gently lifts surface born contaminants such as black streaks, mild scum, water spots and stains. No. 435 can be used all season long as an “On Deck Detailer” to keep fiberglass and gelcoat looking its best.
No S-845 Speed Wax is designed to maintain and enhance an existing coat of any Collinite Sealant Wax (845, 915, 476s). While it does not replace the durable base coat durability found in one of our waxes, it does offer its own stand alone protection of up to 2 months. It can be used as often as desired to boost beading and provide a slick showroom gloss.
Are any Collinite products recommended on Glass, Rubber, Vinyl Decals (non-matte), or Black plastic trim?
Black Plastic Trim – 520 Detailer, 360 All Nite Dressing
Glass – NO
Rubber – No. 360 All Nite Dressing
Vinyl Decals – YES. When applied very thin-No.520, 885, 845, 925, 915, & 476s.
Collinite waxes are produced with a grade of durability and staying power where layering is not always necessary, but it continues to be a common practice among Collinite users who prefer extra thorough coverage and added gloss/durability. If you prefer to add a second coat, it is advisable to wait 12 hours.
Do prep products like polishes, clay bar or compounds need to be used before applying one of your auto waxes?
For above surface contamination, using a clay bar is almost always recommended in order to achieve proper bonding of a wax. Depending on the severity or nature of paint imperfections, a cleaner/compound or polish should generally be used before a wax. Clear coat staining, brake dust, oxidation (and other contaminants that can commonly be remedied by hand use) can be removed with No. 415 Cleaner. No. 390 Prewax Auto Polish is designed for clear coat correction; removal of swirls and fine scratches. This can be achieved with a DA polisher & foam polishing pad. Moderate to medium swirls and scratches can be removed with No. 390 by substituting a microfiber pad/cutting pad on a DA polisher.
Our waxes make virtually any surface slippery. So for safety reasons, Collinite Marine Waxes are not recommended for non-skid surfaces. The 920 Fiberglass Boat Cleaner can be used in order to wipe away and clean contaminants in the grooves, but it will not offer any weather protection.
Drying times depend not only on the air temperature but the surface temperature as well.
The ideal surface temperature is lukewarm to the touch or as close to room temperature as possible. This will allow for the wax to dry at its normal time which is around 1 minute for a cleaner-wax, 3-5 minutes for a liquid-gel wax, and 1-3 minutes for a paste (on average). Of course these times will vary based on wind, humidity, heat exposure and thickness of application. As soon as the wax has shown a pigment or cloudiness after being applied, this means it is drying or “hazing.”
We recommend waxing at air temperatures between 55 degrees-80 degrees F whenever possible. Waxing a hot surface or waxing in direct sunlight is not recommended.
The screw tops are first and foremost a safety precaution. They are used primarily because they are child proof.
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There are 2 options:
1. No. S-845 Speed Wax is the most effective option if boosting shine, gloss and protection are your primary objectives.
2. If a gentle cleaning (to address dust/prints/droppings/water spots) requiring surfactants is your primary objective, No. 520 Detailer is your best option. No.520 will also leave protection.
On average, S-845 Speed Wax will be 30-40% more durable than No. 520 Detailer.
Collinite 845 can also be layered over itself if additional protection and shine are desired
Ceramic Coatings: Many professional detailers are successfully using 845 Insulator Wax as a topper for ceramic coatings. Check with the coating manufacturer whether a carnauba-polymer wax is suitable over the coating
Paint Protection Film (PPF): 845 Insulator Wax was tested successfully by the tech department at XPEL PPF. For additional information on Collinite wax’s compatibility with PPF, please contact us directly at [email protected].
845 will take on a thicker gel consistency in colder temperatures and a thinner liquid consistency in warmer temperatures. The different viscosities do not alter the performance. It can be used in either form.
Yes. Collinite 845 Insulator Wax is Collinite’s most “machine friendly” automotive wax. A finishing pad and low speed are optimal in order to obtain professional results. By hand, a thin layer is recommended to one section at a time. With DA and by hand, microfiber towels are recommended for removal. For one midsized vehicle, 2-3 towels are suggested.
Yes. Wait a minimum of 12 hours between coats to allow the product to fully cure.
While 476s is a traditional hard paste, it can be easily applied and removed. We recommend applying a thin layer to a small section (2 x 2 feet), and remove the wax once it comes to a haze. Typically, this takes anywhere from 1-3 minutes.
476s contains the highest concentration of polymer protection to withstand the harshest elements for the longest period of time. For this reason, we recommend 476s as a protective coating prior to the winter months.
915 is specifically formulated to provide a deeper show room shine to darker colored, vibrant and metallic flake clear coat finishes. 915 contains the highest concentration of carnauba wax while still offering a high degree of polymer hydrophobic protection.
Yes. 520 should be used regularly to remove fresh contaminants with its high lubricity formula. It will increase the life of an existing wax coat with its unique bead and sheet shine. It is compatible with all of Collinite’s finishing waxes (845, 476s, 915).
It is recommended that 520 be used over a base coat of one of Collinite’s finishing waxes for maximum protection. However, as a standalone, the product will provide water beading durability for up to 4 weeks as it is “Insulated” with Collinite’s signature polymer-carnauba wax protection.
With the aid of a DA polisher, No. 390 polish is designed to remove below surface contamination such as swirls, haze, marring and fine scratches. No. 415 is designed to remove other below surface contamination like clear coat staining, brake dust, & oxidation (and other contaminants that can commonly be remedied by hand use). A clay bar removes above the surface contaminants such as mineral deposits, embedded debris and tar.
If you have a smooth, contaminant free surface, 325 would not be necessary. While 325 is completely clear coat safe, it is designed to renew neglected paint finishes. It is meant to gently restore and protect the paint.
850 is an abrasive medium cutting polish and is designed to restore bare metals. If your metal is brand new or in brand new condition, we suggest protecting it with a pure wax (No. 845, No. 925 or No. 885). Use of No. 850 should also be avoided on painted metal as well as anodized aluminum.
Yes. 870 is designed to remove mild oxidation, black streaks and stains while leaving behind a high gloss protective wax coating for up to 3 months. This product is ideal as an All-in-One for a shorter, fresh water seasons.
No. 870 is a liquid cleaner wax and 885 is a pure paste wax with no cleaners.
920 should be used if any of the following conditions are present on the fiberglass: oxidation, streaks, discoloration, severe stains or water spots. If the boat is brand new and in pristine condition, 925 or 885 can be applied immediately.
920 can act as both. It is a cleaner that will remove stubborn stains, water spots and discoloration. It also has the properties of a medium compound that will remove moderate oxidation while restoring the fiberglass finish to its original gloss and color.
925 is a liquid gel version of the 885 Fleetwax. It provides a smooth spread and machine friendly application which can be applied in larger sections than a traditional paste wax.
925 can save detailers many hours when waxing larger vessels. It provides 4-6 months of high gloss shine and durable UV protection and is easily applied with a DA polisher or wax orbital (finishing pad recommended). 925’s user friendly formula is an excellent alternative for a shorter boating season, and it also a suitable to be layered over the 885 Fleetwax.
No. 885 is a pure wax with no cleaners. 870 is a one step liquid cleaner wax.
885 Fleetwax is the finishing wax of choice when the longest lasting durable UV protection is demanded. It is tested to last a full season even in sub-tropic salt water marine environments.