Does Wax Go Bad?

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Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby six » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:12 am

I was looking through some junk in my garage and noticed that I have a brand new unopened bottle of Collinite 845. Found money!

Anyway, it has to be at least three years old. Would it still be good? Do liquid waxes "expire?"
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby Tups » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:00 am

Shake it well and try it on a lawnmower first. If it looks good, it probably is, although you might have to wax it more often. And even if it was bad, I seriously doubt it could do anything to the paint of your car - just wash it off.
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby nothfx » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:01 pm

Not sure about liquid, but I used some 2 year old hard shell carnauba wax on the weekend. There was a dried out portion on the top, but once I cleaned that off with a rag, the rest of it went on fine.
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby six » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:55 pm

Thanks, guys.
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby Rope-Pusher » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:57 pm

nothfx wrote:Not sure about liquid, but I used some 2 year old hard shell carnauba wax on the weekend. There was a dried out portion on the top, but once I cleaned that off with a rag, the rest of it went on fine.

I bet that made your weekend shine, right?
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby nothfx » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:18 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:I bet that made your weekend shine, right?


Well, it could have used some weekend polish, but I'm only one man!
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby comingbackdown » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:14 pm

Yes, wax deteriorates. Carnauba deteriorates faster than others, and should technically be refrigerated or kept in a cool environment to avoid rapid deterioration. Basically, unless it's 100% synthetic, it will deteriorate if just left sitting.

By the time a dried layer appears on the top of wax, I wouldn't be using it anymore. Carnauba wax is easily marked as being totally shot by its color as compared to the color it had when brand new.
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby theholycow » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:25 pm

What happens if you use deteriorated carnauba?
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby comingbackdown » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:46 pm

theholycow wrote:What happens if you use deteriorated carnauba?

My dad's truck. That's what happens.

If you detailed it perfectly, crossed every I and dotted every T, it'll still look good. However, it just plain won't look good enough. That's why we cracked open some new wax and put two more coats on real, real heavy.
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby nothfx » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:06 pm

comingbackdown wrote:
theholycow wrote:What happens if you use deteriorated carnauba?

My dad's truck. That's what happens.

If you detailed it perfectly, crossed every I and dotted every T, it'll still look good. However, it just plain won't look good enough. That's why we cracked open some new wax and put two more coats on real, real heavy.


Interested.. what happened to your dads truck? From what I can tell the mustang looks like it got a normal coat of wax :O
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Re: Does Wax Go Bad?

Postby comingbackdown » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:08 pm

nothfx wrote:
comingbackdown wrote:
theholycow wrote:What happens if you use deteriorated carnauba?

My dad's truck. That's what happens.

If you detailed it perfectly, crossed every I and dotted every T, it'll still look good. However, it just plain won't look good enough. That's why we cracked open some new wax and put two more coats on real, real heavy.


Interested.. what happened to your dads truck? From what I can tell the mustang looks like it got a normal coat of wax :O


The truck looks good. It just looked like absolute shit with that first coat of wax on it. The original color of that wax was an off-white. The deteriorated bottle was about as yellow as piss.

I'll have to post teh before/after pics on here sometime soon.
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