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 Post subject: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:19 am 
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I have to wax the boat early this year because of my schedule.
What outside temperature is okay for waxing? If I use an infrared gun on the hull to take its temperature what should I look for? If I am lucky and get a nice warm day in March I will be out there but temps have been all over the place this year.
I usually use collinite cleaner then meguiars wax. I have meguiars, 3m, and collinite wax on the shelf. I guess whichever works better in the cold.
I just have to wax the hull, I can wait on the topside when it's in the water and warmer out.

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:10 pm 
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If it is not warm enough the wax will not come to a haze, I have tried at 45 F and it didn't go so well. I would think at least 55 F you may have a chance

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:26 am 
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That's what I figured, in the 50's. I did try once in the high 30's and it froze right to the hull.
Today is in the teens but last weekend hit 50. So who knows... I should have tried waxing in Feb when it was warmer. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:34 am 
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Update: I finished about 1/2 the lower hull so far. The Collinite hull cleaner seems to work a little better when its cold. It doesn't dry as fast. I started waxing yesterday and it was super fast with the cleaned hull. That Collinite stuffs works great. Took all the crud and oxidation off so waxing was just throwing down a coating. This is the first time I have used it on the whole boat.
The wax did take a little longer to come to a haze so I did large sections and let it dry. It hit about 45 yesterday when I was waxing. It's supposed to be warmer this weekend so I am hoping to finish.

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:16 pm 
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Use a sealant, not a wax.

As long as the stuff isn't frozen, you're good to go.

I use Griot's sealant. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3Dgriots%2Bsealant%26_sacat%3D0%26_sop%3D15&campid=5338483821&toolid=20008

Or you can buy it direct from Griot's (https://www.griotsgarage.com/product/one-step+sealant.do), but eBay is usually cheapest, followed by Advance Auto if you can find a good discount code.

Don't forget to do the trailer, too!

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:36 am 
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Never heard of that one and it looks to be for painted surfaces like cars. I am always open to new types of products if they work better but that one doesn't seem to fit. The link you provided seems to be for autos.

I used the term wax to generally. I have always used a polymer type either a good meguiars or 3m. They are slightly different so it depends on the situation. The collinite "wax" is top notch also. They all seem to last all year and even have a shine in the spring for the most part.

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Weather Waxing
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:41 pm 
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I actually e-mailed Griot's and they confirmed it is safe to use on gelcoats. It's marketed for cars, yes, but it works just as well, if not better than the synthetic/polymer "marine only" applications for a fraction of the price.

I actually use car-based cleaners and protectants on my boat all the time. Never felt the need to spend 3x more for virtually the same thing.

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