So you’ve got a new car...or at least a new paint job. You want to make sure it lasts a long time because it’s your favorite Triple Deep Nebula Blue or whatever color. You want a mirror-like finish and an amazing shine, but also a hydrophobic, non-stick surface to repel water and debris.
But what product do you use? Wax? Paint sealant? Both? Is there even a difference? Which one is better for your vehicle?
There are so many questions, but not a definitive source to answer them all. Until now.
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into car waxes and paint sealants - what they’re made of, how they work, and whether there’s an easy way to pick the perfect product for your specific vehicle.
Both car waxes and paint sealants protect the paint layer from UV rays, intense heat, moisture, oxidation, contaminants, and mechanical erosion.
Application methods for waxes and sealants are similar, especially with new products on the market.
Car waxes are derived from natural ingredients and produce a warm glow that blends smoothly and enhances the colors below.
Paint sealants are entirely synthetic polymer-based solutions that provide great lasting protection to the color of your car.
Car waxes are favorable to collectors and classic car enthusiasts for their natural finish.
Paint sealants produce a distinct glass-like layer over the paint coat below.
Car waxes will typically last 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the conditions.
Paint sealants will typically last 4 to 6 months - up to a year, depending on the conditions