Purchasing a car is milestone in one’s life, and often an expensive one at that. So when you get a new car, it’s no wonder you want to keep it looking perfect. Keeping your car clean is the easy part, but you also want to protect it from rocks, dirt, debris, weather, and of course other cars.
Maintaining your car’s paint job is keeps your car looking nice and protects it as well. Discolouring, oxidation or scratching of your car’s paint might not show up until it’s too late to fix. If you let your car get to that point, then it’s going to cost a lot more to repaint or repair the body than to maintain it. So, it’s important to know your car paint protection options and determine which is right for your car?
What is Paint Protection?
Many car owners go to great lengths to keep their cars in showroom condition. Frequent car washes and polish sessions can speed up damage to your automobiles’ paint, so car owners have turned to other methods for protections. Below are some of the more common car paint protection methods…
What are some types of Paint Protection?
- Pros: This is one of the most common methods of protection in which the wax forms a protective layer over the paint. Car waxes are liquids or pastes made from a substance called “Carnauba” which comes from a tropical plant native to Brazil. The wax provides a glossier and deeper shine as compared to paint sealants.
- Cons: Its inability to provide a very lasting and durable shine as compared to other methods. In a hot and humid climate, you’re looking at 1-3 months of protection
PAINT SEALANTS (SYNTHETIC CAR WAX)
- Pros: They are made from manmade polymers and synthetics unlike the more “natural” Carnauba car wax. They are made to mimic the properties of Carnauba car wax giving the shine being more durable and lasting, with the ability to maintain its shine for 4-6 months.
- Cons: However, unlike real wax, it does not give the deep and rich shine instead it gives the car a more plastic, glassy look.
- Pros: A glaze is a shine enhancing method to fill in any remaining imperfections in a car’s paint surface. Glazes are usually used by car detailing shops to prefect freshly painted surfaces before the vehicle is handed over to the customers. By filling in these imperfections, light more symmetrically reflected, giving the car its glow and shine.
- Cons: the glaze has the lowest lifespan of shine out of other methods, lasting only for 1-2 weeks. It also does not have the protective qualities of wax, causing rain to remove most glazes easily.
- Pros: Polishes are liquids that contain very fine abrasives that are designed to cut and refine the clear coat of a car during a car’s polishing process. Car polishes use an abrasive action to give your car a highly-polished look.
- Cons: when used too often, polish can eventually scrape off the clear-coat of the paint, causing the car needing to be repainted.
- Pros: Like wax and paint sealants, it serves as a protective layer to the car. However, its viscosity is much thinner and it is designed to be more efficient in protecting a car’s paintwork thus being more lasting and durable than any other types of paint protection products on the market.
- Cons: It’s a lot more costly than other car paint protection methods.