There are all sorts of things people do to take care of their cars. Chief among them, and definitely the most notable, has got to be polishing and waxing. Proper car polishing is a two-step process that starts with polishing to remove the dirt from the body, before finishing off with a waxing. The waxing process is what makes your car look as good as new. To understand this process better, you will need to understand the various differences between the two.
Car polish is used to remove grease, dirt and grime. It is also used to cover over scratches and small dents that cannot be cleared by simply washing the car. It is therefore typically used to prepare a car for waxing and detailing. It comes in different forms such as creams, liquids and sprays. Polishes contain certain solvents that work to remove impurities and let your paint job pop.
Waxes on the other hand are used after the car has been washed and polished. They add a protective layer that not only adds a shine to your car, but is also protective of your paint. It can therefore be classified as a sort of paint sealant, since it protects your car from the harmful elements from the sun, pollution, dust, and other damaging substances. It also reduces the amount of water that seeps through to your car’s body, which in turn lessens the chances of corrosion and rust.
What are the differences?
The main difference between the two is the working and application. With polish, you will remove dirt from the car but there is no protection to your bodywork from the elements. You have to be careful however not to overdo the polishing, since you are likely to take off some paint and expose the primer. Wax on the other hand adds a layer of protection for your car. Unlike polish which is applied in large quantities, wax is applied in a thin layer, since too much of it is harmful to your paint. It is important to know that not all polishes and waxes are the same. They differ in quality and materials for instance, with some being natural while others are made from synthetic materials.
Natural vs Synthetic
When it comes to car wax for instance, you have the option of either using natural wax made from canuba. Canuba is a substance that is made from the leaves of a certain palm tree that is native to Brazil. It is then prepared by mixing it with turpentine or beeswax, making it useful to the market. The beauty of canuba based wax is that it offers great water beading and high quality protection. It is recommended for black or dark coloured paints. The major drawback is that it lasts only up to about 4 months before you need to rewax your car.
Synthetic wax on the other hand is made from certain polymers that can bond with the paint. Although it offers protection and a certain quality of shine for your car, it cannot be compared to the quality offered by natural wax. Its main selling point is that it lasts almost 3 times as long in comparison. This means for one polish and wax using synthetic products, you will have to go for three times on the natural one.
Different types of wax
Both types of wax come in various different forms, and understanding the different types is key, for you to know what the best type to choose from is. Here a small introduction to the kinds of wax:
- Paste wax:This is known as the father of car wax due to being the oldest form. It is a very hard textured which makes working with it quite challenging. You might have to keep your engine running to create the warmth needed for a successful application. Natural Canuba wax is the best for that all natural shine for your car, due to the natural oils, which interact best with your cars paint.
- Spray Wax: These are best suited for quick waxing polish and wax jobs. They are typically used when your previous waxing is wearing thin and might need a boost. They however cannot be used as a substitute for spay either spray wax or liquid wax, since it tends to ear off rather quickly.
- Coloured Wax: This type of wax has certain pigmentations added to it to match different paint jobs. The general idea is that it will fill in certain defects in the paint job such as scratches and scrapes.
- Liquid Wax: This type of wax is mostly used as an alternative to paste wax, due to its smooth texture. This also makes it less time consuming to apply, while compared to other wax alternatives. The main thing to note bout liquid wax is that even when it is made from Natural Canuba wax, it is still mixed with polymers to enhance its longevity.