“Car Wax” verses “Car Polish”
February 9 2015
The most common question I get asked is “What is the difference between car wax and car polish?”. The simple answer is have you ever held a flame to wax! When you use any brand of car wax this product is designed to leave your car with a glossy shiny finish.
Basic facts about wax:
1: Poor resistance to heat, so if you car is parked outside during work hours your wax will deteriorate within a week during summer and a quality product upto a month.
2:Poor resistance to acid, Acid is found in our rain fall also in bird droppings which effects us daily when our cars are not under cover. Should your car ever get egged the egg white also eats through wax.
3: Poor resistance to U.V. During the summer period waxes break down quickly and our cars coatings as our skin get sun burned.
Basic facts about car polishes:
1: All quality polishes contain a wax, sometimes canuba (natual wax) sometimes synthetic.
2: All quality polishes also contain silcones ( to help aid with the shine) and resins to help the wax adhere to your cars surface.
Lets talk about resins you could compare these to say finger nail polish. If your finger nail polish had no resins it would act alot like a wax look great but at the first point of contact it would rub off.
3: Quality polishes have a higher resistance to Acids, U.V and hot and cold water.
How long will a polish last? I get asked this every day at the car wash the answer.
Agian it depends on a number of circumstances lets generalise approx 4 to 6 months.
If you garage your car and wash it on a two weekly basis. You don’t leave it parked outside during its daytime life or left parked withen 100 metres to the spray zone of a beach you will get 4 to 6 months out of a polish application. Any of these factors will have an negitive effect on the longevity of your polish job.
As a basic rule wax your car if you are selling it or it is being used in a wedding on the weekend. Polish your car if you are looking to provide extra protection to your cars painted surface. I recommend always polishing as we come out of spring into summer and at the end of summer entering into autumn. This provides your baby with the ultimate protection. Remember their are alot of products on the market the first thing to identify is am I dealing with a car younger than 5 years? Has it being well maintaned? Or am I dealing with an oxidised or a car older than 5 years with little maintanace? This will guide the supplier into giving you the right product.
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