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Old 11-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Whats the coldest temp, you have waxed your car in?

I wanted to get 1 more coat on her before winter and just got done, It is 37 out right now ,brrr , Anyways waxed was streaking pretty good on me, and was very hard to get off, I went thru a ton of microfiber towels , But hey it is done and now i feel better because i had not waxed it since labor day . Still have not had to put my snow tires on, ( I have all-season on now) , But now i can sleep better knowing she is ready for the white stuff, Bring it on and hurry up spring!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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I've waxed my car in the garage in low 40's temps, no problems.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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I have done my truck in the 30's


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Old 11-04-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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Did the wax even dry? (Reason for streaking)
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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Barely, I streaked quite a bit and had to be wiped many times , The final wipe off was the hardest you really had to give it some elbow grease to get it off, But better than waiting till the spring
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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I wanted to get 1 more coat on her before winter and just got done, It is 37 out right now ,brrr , Anyways waxed was streaking pretty good on me, and was very hard to get off, I went thru a ton of microfiber towels , But hey it is done and now i feel better because i had not waxed it since labor day . Still have not had to put my snow tires on, ( I have all-season on now) , But now i can sleep better knowing she is ready for the white stuff, Bring it on and hurry up spring!!!
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Barely, I streaked quite a bit and had to be wiped many times , The final wipe off was the hardest you really had to give it some elbow grease to get it off, But better than waiting till the spring
Hate to break it to ya but you just completely wasted your time. The streaking and difficulty to remove are signs that the wax didn't cure enough to create a bond to your clear coat.

Personally I never wax once the ambient temp falls below 70 degrees. Below this I've never successfully done an acceptable wax job. I waxed my car once in 60 degree temps and after 2 weeks the wax stopped beading, compare this to my normal 4-5 months.

You will need to wax it again on a much warmer day or if you have to ask a buddy to borrow his garage and use a couple heaters for a couple hours. If you don't your wax job may last till Thanksgiving and it most certainly won't last till Christmas.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:48 PM   #7
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I waxed mine in the garage at about 45 degrees. When it was warmer the next day, I noticed streaks. Easy enough to fix, but it was at a show, so it was a bit of a pain....
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:08 PM   #8
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Barely, I streaked quite a bit and had to be wiped many times , The final wipe off was the hardest you really had to give it some elbow grease to get it off, But better than waiting till the spring

Should not have done that.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #9
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Should be nice this weekend if you're outside. I've been in my garage as cold as 37 outside, but got the temp up to 45 in the garage for the LSP. (Seal and wax) This weekend is probably our last chance though to get the 5th Gen's tucked away. If your close to Milwaukee, let me know if you need any help.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:52 AM   #10
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It was in the 40's back in 88 in South Korea working on a Army Major's Corvette north of Seoul. Man it was cold!
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:45 AM   #11
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41* is the lowest I've ever worked in... but with the move to CO I'm sure I'll find out how bad it can be in the middle of winter.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:58 PM   #12
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Dylan since you moved to CO how about coming to OK and detail my car while giving me a class on how to do it? What do you say?
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I did mine today. It was about 45 and it went on and came off fine


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Old 11-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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probably the coldest was in the 50's, firgured with direct sunlight the surface temp would closer to 60ish.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #15
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I did My Buddies Volvo C70 this weekend. It was about 55 degrees. That's the lowest I'll go.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #16
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Living here all my life in Colorado...I don't have pics, but there's been a good foot of snow on the ground. Applying a Sealant, where it has to Bond to the paint, is a different story however! Wax is a little more forgiving since it essentially surfs it.

I did this back in a Winter's morn this past February.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:55 PM   #17
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got some 60-70 degree weather this week end coming up, once you start washing and detailing it is like an addiction, gonna get my fix probably on sunday another coat of Collinte 476 with a coat of insulator wax for the rims!
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