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Auto Detailing News and Tips , Issue #006, May 2014, Cleaning Auto Glass.
May 04, 2014 Issue #6

Welcome to the sixth issue of the e-zine! Each month we will be providing tips and product reviews to help make the detailing process easier for you. If you have a picture of your latest detailing project we invite you to submit it with a small description of your process and products used for the job.

This month I will be discussing wax and what is needed to provide your paint with the protection it requires.

The length of time your wax will protect your paint depends on the type of wax, the quality of the paint preparation and the climate. If your paint surface feels rough after washing, you need to go over it with a clay bar to remove the contaminants. If your paint is scratched and swirled, it needs to be machine polished first for best results.

If you live in a very hot climate your vehicles paint needs protection from the suns Ultra Violet rays. If you live in a cold, wet climate, the paint needs protection from water, snow, and road salt.

Picking a wax can be very overwhelming because there are hundreds of options available. They all have different purposes and they all have different prices! Common sense will tell you that the $3.99 bottle of wax isn’t going to protect your paint very well and may even be difficult to apply. However there is plenty of $100.00-$200.00 waxes out there that make paint look amazing but don’t last very long either. The good news is that there are lots of great waxes out there that won’t hurt your wallet, will make your paint look outstanding, and provide it with much needed protection in whichever climate you live in.

Product Review: Collinite® waxes

I’ve been using Collinite® waxes for several years now and it’s safe to say I have a soft spot for them. If Collinite® was on a store shelf between all the other waxes out there, it could easily be overlooked due to its plain packaging. You won’t find any flashy colors or pictures of super cars glued to the bottles or tins. You also won’t find a high price tag. Collinite® keeps it simple, they offer you waxes that provide protection that lasts and lasts. Whether it’s a car or a boat, they have it covered!

Collinite #845®

845® was the first wax product I tried from Collinite®. It is a liquid wax but it looks really thick in cooler temperatures. If you order this product and find it comes out too thick simply run the bottle under some warm water. The heat will liquefy the wax. I have found the key to 845® is to apply it thin, very thin! Don’t allow it to sit on the paint for a long time either or it will be difficult to remove. I usually work on two sections at a time. For example, I’d apply wax to half the hood and then the fender. Once the wax has been applied to the two sections, I would go right back to the hood buff it off then the fender. The great thing about 845® other than the low cost is the fantastic gloss it produces and the long lasting protection. Depending on the condition of the paint and the weather conditions, you could see 6 months protection out of this wax!

Collinite 476s® Super Double Coat Auto Wax

476s® is an old school style paste wax. Because of this, it does take more effort to apply and buff this product off the paint. However, the rewards are definitely worth the extra effort. On the label it states, “The permanent detergent proof auto wax.” On the lid it boasts, “Gleaming luster lasts at least a full year.” So you know right away this wax means business.

The first time I tried 476s® I applied it to the entire car instead of one panel at a time. I also applied it too thick. Never do that with this product! It took me 3 hours to remove it from the paint as it dried on hard. A lesson learned indeed. Just like 845®, apply it very thin. The difference being that with 845® I’d work on two panels at a time, with 476s® I only work on one panel at a time. This makes it much easier to remove. Like 845®, 476s® provides outstanding gloss and protection that lasts and lasts. If you don’t like to wax your vehicle often, Collinite 476s® is the wax for you. It may take a while to apply it but once you are done you won’t have to worry about your paint for a long time.

Next Issue:

Next month we hope to have at least one surprise for you, something we have not done before.

Hope you can hang on until then. In the meantime drive carefully and get out there to the local "Shoe and Shine" and have a look at some of the awesome "wheels" on display.

Bring the camera and take a picture of that "Show Quality Dream Machine", send it in to We will show it to the world and give you full credit for the picture as well.

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