Originally Posted by Jmorlan
However, I feel like it is going on TOO thick, and creating a haze.
I just buffed my boat yesterday thinking it was oxidizing, but with the scratch of a nail on the black, it exposed a shine, this leads me to believe it was wax build up causing the haze.
So, what wax do you guys use, how often do you wax, what are your methods, and do you strip the wax every time you re apply, or throw a coat over the existing wax?
Collinite offers outstanding protection but as you mentioned, it can be difficult to remove excess residue and tends to build up over time.
At Boat Bling, our research has shown the benefits of silicone polymer wax sealants over carnuba based waxes when used on gelcoat in marine applications. The issue is not the carnuba itself but the quality of carnuba. Pure carnuba is extremely expensive and very difficult to work with so the majority of readily available products at reasonable prices are usually comprised of a blend with other chemicals. In contrast, silicone polymer sealants tend to offer extended UV protection and by their nature do not create buildup or discolor once oxidized.
There are a couple different schools of thought on waxing. Many of our customers prefer to use a heavy wax once a year and maintain the gloss with a quick detailer periodically. Others apply 2-3 coats of 'fast wax' throughout the year. Neither is necessarily right or wrong, just different approaches. At Boat Bling, we designed Quickie Sauce as a fast wax making it especially easy to use, the trade off being you'll want to apply every 2-3 months to maintain ultimate UV protection.
If heavy waxes such as collinite are used, we suggest cleaning gelcoat thoroughly prior to application with a dewaxing agent such as vinegar or other mild acid to remove any old, oxidized wax buildup. This will ensure you're working with a fresh surface free to contaminants.
Feel free to reach out to me directly and I'd be happy to go into further detail.