Collinite Automotive Waxes
Widely regarded as the best value for money, longest lasting and best looking wax available. While Collinite manufacture a number of waxes for automotive use, it is their 476S, 845 and 915 products which seem to be the most widely used and best regarded.
I have not tried their Sapphire Paste Auto Wax (#73) or Sapphire Liquid Auto Wax (SS-126) largely because I have been unable to find a UK supplier of these waxes; that, and they contain strong cleaners and some abrasives which seem ideal for one-step recovery of neglected paintwork and perhaps more suited to the professional than the enthusiast detailer. Furthermore, these waxes are not recommended for cars with a clear coat.
Sapphire Pre-wax Cleaner (#840) is another product I have not tried, simply because I did not see a need for it - given the Sapphire name, I presume it to be a complimentary product for the other Sapphire waxes and perhaps not suited to the three that I have tried, two of which contain some cleaners anyway.
I wonder if I should use a cleaner? Well, Collinite offer the following advice, "only use the cleaner if the car is a non-clear coat lighter finish such as white, silver or tan. Clear coats and newer finishes do not require a cleaner and simply require a wax protectant. Always apply wax after using a cleaner."Owning a single-stage white car, for the sake of completion I will no doubt try this product as some point in the future, but for now it's 476S, 845 and 915.
First for discussion is 915, or Marque D'Elegance which Collinite describe as "the best in wax endurance, Marque D'Elegance is the product to have. Car enthusiasts demand a wax that is proven to protect in the most demanding environments, rain or shine, on track or on the street. They have discovered that Collinite Marque D'Elegance gives their valuable automotive investments a blinding, lasting shine because its formulated from the highest-ever concentration of pure Carnauba waxes ... and no abrasives means all Collinite waxes are absolutely clear coat safe."
On black paint, this wax does exactly that - it is glossy, strong and gives a warmth which coupled with the gloss translates as depth. Having used 476S beforehand and read that the difference in looks is subtle, if any I was very pleased to be able to see quite a difference. 915 is the richest in natural carnauba waxes and ideal for that little bit extra in terms of looks, best suited to dark, warm colours and darker metallics.
Expect this wax to last almost as long as its 476S sibling with 8-10 months, depending upon UV exposure according to Collinite.
Next for discussion is 476S, or Super Doublecoat Auto Wax for which Collinite say, "One of the finest paste type auto waxes available. Easy to apply and absolutely detergent-proof. Collinite Super Doublecoat is guaranteed to outlast and outshine any other competitive auto wax, polish or protective coating under any conceivable condition. That's why it's called the permanent auto wax. No hard rubbing or buffing... and no special applicator is required. Collinite Super Doublecoat will last a full year, even under adverse conditions."
Again, clear coat safe this wax is a pleasure to use. I find 915 a lot easier to spread around and easier to remove once cured. Collinite put this down to the sheer amount of natural and synthetic waxes in the paste which is something to bear in mind when looking at comparisons with 845. More concentrated in synthetic waxes and suitable for all car colours, this wax does give a tremendous glossing to light coloured cars.
This is the longest-lasting of the Collinite waxes and according to Collinite, expect effects to last 9-11 months, depending upon UV exposure. In the British weather for a car kept outside on a busy main road I have seen 6 months!
What are the differences between 915 and 476S? Personally, I find the difference quite striking - 915 is much deeper while 476S much brighter and glossier. 476S lasts a little longer, too. Compared to a couple of similar products from Meguiars, 915 is much akin to #26 for the Mirror Glaze range and 476S comparable to #16 in terms of looks - in use, the Collinite waxes are much easier.
Finally, it's time to look at 845, or Liquid Insulator Wax which Collinite describe as "a heavy duty liquid wax was originally developed for use by electric power companies for protection against high voltage power failure, fires and explosions. It's primary use is on the finishes of automobiles, trucks, buses and airplanes where durability, high gloss and lasting protection are paramount. An excellent choice for fleet applications and very easy to use and requires minimum rubbing or buffing."
Once again, a clear coat safe wax and one which I had the pleasure of using today. This is a truly superb wax and offers the best compromise between ease of use and durability. Made from the same ingredients as 476S but held in a liquid suspension in a less concentrated form, 845 can be expected to last for 5-7 months according to Collinite. I have yet to see what that claim translates to in the real world on cars left out in the open British weather. From experience of 915 and 476S I would suggest that figure might be more like 3-5 months, which by no means something to be sniffed at.
In use, this wax could be spread so easily and buffed off as easily as I have experienced from any wax, liquid or paste. I absolutely adore this wax and personally favour it over 476S. It put me very much in mind of P21S for ease of application and removal. Something to bear in mind is that this wax does not have the durability of either of its siblings and lacks the depth of 915. That said, it does not contains cleaners and as such can be layered without the need to wait a day between applications and can be used as a final coat on top of other waxes which may be used for a darkening or warming effect, 915 included.
One might ask why choose 476S at all. Well, it does contain some cleaners and lasts a staggering length of time. To that end, subsequent applications will clean up underlying layers without entirely removing them and is ideal for getting your car through one of our infamous British winters.
With 476S, I like to prepare the surface with Car-Lack68 Nano-Systematic Care which is an all-in-one paint cleaner, light polish and sealant with an optional layer of Car-Lack68 Longlife Sealant. These products are fast curing and can be followed on with 476S or even 915 without fear of their cleaners removing the underlying layers.
To make best use of the depth and warmth that comes from 915 I like to use a glaze beneath, which should be acrylic in nature or a pure polish. Chemical Guys EZ Creme Glaze and Meguiars #7 (from the Mirror Glaze range) seem ideal - remember, this is the Marque D'Elegance wax and suited to showing off the very best in your paint in good spring and summer light.
845 is a new product to me, but from experience I can see this as ideal on all car colours delivering a particularly impressive gloss on light coloured cars which seems to gain some depth with layering - almost like having a second clear coat! Used as a final coat on top of other products selected for their visual effects, I can see this wax being the icing on the cake in any enthusiast detailer's routine.
I hope this has given you a little insight into the three more widely used Collinite waxes, an understanding of what they will deliver and which wax might suit your purposes.
The hints and tips from Collinite were gleaned from this excellent post on Detailing World forums: http://www.detailingworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94452 and from Collinite: http://www.colliniteautomotive.com/