Popular auto paint protection options include:
- Wax. Wax helps protect car paint against dirt and grime.
- Sealant. A sealant is a synthetic product that simultaneously protects car paint and improves its gloss.
- Ceramic Coat. A ceramic coat consists of a liquid polymer applied to a car's exterior.
- Clear Paint Protective Film.
Is it worth waxing your car?Regularly waxing a car is essential because it helps preserve the clear coat over a vehicle's paint. That clear coat is the layer that protects the paint from corrosive elements, including snow, rain, street salt, ultraviolet rays, bird droppings, and tree sap, among other contaminants.
Do newer cars need waxing?
Most products we tested showed a significant loss of protection within about five weeks. For this reason, we recommend waxing even new cars every two or three months. And if your car is older or the finish has begun to dull, the effects can be even more dramatic.
What is the difference between a car polish and a car wax?
It's easy to confuse the two, but a proper understanding is integral to properly treating your car. The difference between car waxing and car polishing is this: Polishing is the tedious buffing done to remove defects from your paint job. Waxing is the protective later put on as the final step.
Should I wax my car after polishing?
You should always wax a car as soon as possible after it has been polished. Polishing will remove all paint protection on your car, so waxing afterwards will add a layer of protection to shield your car's paint from UV damage, dirt, tree sap, acid rain etc.
Let's start with a few need-to-knows about when to wax your car: You should apply wax twice a year as a minimum – once in spring ahead of the summer temperatures, and once before winter to protect against rain, snow, salt and hail. If you want to keep your car protected further, we'd recommend waxing four times a year.
Car washes will over time remove the protective wax layer on the car. The unmaintained car wash brushes and harsh chemicals cut through the car wax layer, removing it after a few cleaning sessions. Since some automatic car washes use poor-quality detergents, the car wash can remove wax from your car.
Yes, it is worth considering because of the money it can potentially save you down the road. If your car is protected, you won't have to worry about getting it painted before you resell it. The cost of painting a car is quite expensive. It is also a very detailed process that can potentially delay a future sale.
Ceramic coatings are the better option. That said, it's very common for vehicle owners to get the best of both worlds. Apply PPF to protect the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle (front bumper for example) and then applying ceramic coating across the entire vehicle for better looks and cleaning.
For example, if you don't wax your car, you're just letting tiny scratches stick around and possibly exposing the paint to damage over time. Plus, not waxing your car means you're missing out on the chance to drive around in a car that looks shiny and brand new!
Car polish is a product that helps to eliminate surface scratches, swirls, oxidation, dirt, and other minor imperfections. Polish should be used before wax, as it helps to restore auto paint that has lost its shine due to oxidation.
While car polish is used to remove defects from a car's 'coat', car wax protects that coat. Many people use polish to remove grease, dirt and light scratches from paint (to reveal undamaged paint underneath). A good car wax can reduce the need or frequency of car polishing altogether.
That has largely died out as more consumers realised that polishes are designed to improve the finish, while waxes are there to seal in that shine and protect it. For heavier marks and severely deteriorated paint, more abrasive products should be used.
Polish should be used before wax, as it helps to restore auto paint that has lost its shine due to oxidation. Car polish does this by removing a very fine layer of the paintwork so the appearance of scratches is minimized as they settle into the coat. Car polishes vary in terms of their levels of abrasiveness.
Cut and Polish
You will need scratch removal services, then wax must be put on top of that to protect it and make it shiny and new again.
For the average DIY wax job, expect a lifespan of about six weeks or so, and then it's time to strip the wax off, wash and decontaminate everything, and reapply once again. And while synthetic blends may last a tad longer, they too will lose their luster and begin to allow the elements to crap all over your car.
If you're keeping the car long-term, a ceramic coating is a great investment for your vehicle. The condition of the paint will only grow worse after delivery. It's cheaper to spend the money preemptively and protect your paint from the start than paying for more expensive repairs later on.
The short answer is yes. As we have seen in this article, ceramic coating has great benefits that will add value to your car in the long run. It will make your job of cleaning and maintaining it less tedious. So that you spend more time driving and enjoying your car than thinking about ways to keep it protected.
It is also important to only use ceramic coatings on a paint protection film that is “ceramic friendly”. This is what SunTek has to say about this as it relates to their PPF. As long as you have ceramic applied second, over the top of your SunTek PPF, it won't affect PPF performance or self-healing ability.
Ceramic coating may to be able to protect your car paint from stone chips and you might need to use a PPF (Paint Protection Film) for that. And Ceramic protection is also prone to water-spotting, so proper drying is required to avoid water spots.