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Old 06-17-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Water Beads

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Just wondering if anyone else has run into the same thing as me...on both Camaros I've owned ('10 sold, '12 current) I feel like the water does not bead well on the hood and flat areas on the body. I know its not the wax because I've used the same procedure and supplies on many different vehicles with spectacular results. My current protection is Collinite number 845 insulator wax. Any thoughts? I'll try to attach some pictures....does anyone know how to upload them from your phone on here? Lol
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:12 PM   #2
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I could say.......ALL areas of mine BEAD like crazy!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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Collinite 845 is not the problem, that is a wax that is FAMOUS for it's water beading potential!!!

With large, flat surfaces, you can get a lot of dust and contamination that can impeed water beading. Did you clay or prep the surface prior to applying?
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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Collinite 845 is not the problem, that is a wax that is FAMOUS for it's water beading potential!!!

With large, flat surfaces, you can get a lot of dust and contamination that can impeed water beading. Did you clay or prep the surface prior to applying?
Ahhhh...maybe it's because I didn't clay first. I figured on a brand new car with 15 miles that claying would not be necessary...I'll try claying it next time I get my hands on it. I bet that's it. Thanks!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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Here are the pictures...It hadn't been washed in about a week.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
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I think most people would agree that you should clay a car even if it has 2 miles on it, brand new. Cars, like mine did, sit in the rail yard for a few days and can accumulate particles on the paint.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:06 PM   #7
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For some good bead action, check out this thread:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=231762
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Like Todd has mention, you need to wash, clay, any polishing ( if needed ) then top it off with 845.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:02 PM   #9
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definitely clay it and throw a good coat or 2 of wax on it, and you will no doubt get the beads you are looking for. I've never had an issue with water failing to bead.
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