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Waxing questions

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I am thinking of using Collonite 920 Hull cleaner and 925 Boat Wax on my 32' sail boat.

#1. The wax is sold by the pint. How many pints will I need to do the boat?
Would hate to run out mid-job.

#2. Does the bottom of the boat....below the water line... have to be isolated so as not to have the cleaner and liquid wax ruin the ablative paint job?
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I don't know the stuff but my response would be to read the directions carefully.

Also I just read in Practical Sailor where a user raves about Collinite's No 885 Fleet wax. He says it does a great job and NEEDS NO BUFFING. Turns out that Practical Sailor had recommended it and he had tried it.

Maybe you should check it out.


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My experience with both the paste Collinite 925 and the Collinite 885 is that they yellow - just look at the color in the can/bottle. I may be picky but prefer the Collinite 870 with which I have had equivalent longevity and no discoloration. It is also advertized as a cleaner but I don't use it for that purpose preferring to use the collinte cleaner when nornal scrubbing doesn't work.


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Practical Sailor wax tests

The reader of Practical Sailor in last month's Mailport was just pointing out that the Collinite 885 had held up fine during the layup period and that he discovered that he didn't need to buff reapply wax in the spring. Collinite requires some fairly vigorous buffing (the paste in particular) and Practical Sailor has pointed that out in past articles. A machine application is preferred.
There are some easier-to-apply waxes out there, but the hard paste waxes tend to do well in the PS testing. Here's the most recent liquid wax report. These squirt-bottle products are generally easier to apply than the pastes, and a few were holding up well after 6 months in Florida.

I'll try to get an update up on the liquids my blog.

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Recommend anyone looking for information on waxing and polishing read Maine Sail's post on it.

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