What is Car Wax?

No matter how well versed you are in your knowledge of car maintenance, you have definitely heard about car wax. But what really is car wax? Car wax is a formulated blend of waxes, oils, and solvents which can include crude oil distillates, ethanol, mineral spirits, petroleum, naphtha, and more. This mixture is meant to add a layer of protection to your paint and bring out the best of your vehicle’s luster and shine. A good wax will protect your car’s paint through moisture, UV rays, high temperatures, and will help prevent the oxidation process. 

What is Natural Carnauba Wax?

As mentioned before, car wax is pretty packed full of chemicals. Carnauba Wax is definitely a more natural option. It is a plant-based, vegetable wax that is produced using the leaves of the Brazilian Palm tree. Carnauba wax is usually the preferred wax of car enthusiasts and collectors and is considered to be the preferred wax of car enthusiasts. Carnauba is blended with oils, petroleum distillates, solvents, and other like ingredients in order to create a usable car wax product. 

Carnauba wax will give you a stunning finish, bringing out a blindingly glossy shine and create a showroom finish for your car. Because of its natural properties, carnauba wax will need to be used more frequently than synthetic wax products. It is widely considered by car enthusiasts to be the best type of wax for your car. Carnauba wax is hard and can provide some protection against light scratches, but will mostly protect your paint from sun damage. If you are looking for the ultimate shine, carnauba wax is a great option even though it does not last for a very long time. Generally, carnauba can last anywhere from one to four months depending on the conditions your car is exposed to. 

What is Synthetic Car Wax?

Synthetic wax can also be known as a paint sealant. It is a type of car wax that is made with artificial ingredients. They are a newer type of car wax and are increasing in popularity among car enthusiasts and auto detailers. The main reason for this is because they last longer than a more natural wax like carnauba. Synthetic wax provides great protection from UV rays and can help reduce damages from light scratches, but only light scratches. If an intense shine isn’t what you desire, then you might choose a synthetic wax because it will provide you with protection for a longer period of time. It will still leave your car looking glossy, but it just will not shine as well as a carnauba wax. You will get an equal amount of protection with both. A synthetic wax will last you anywhere from four to twelve months depending on what it’s exposed to.

How is Car Wax Sold? – Paste, Liquid, Spray 

Car waxes come in three forms: liquid, paste, and spray. Liquid waxes are good for cleaning, gloss, and durability. They can be more difficult to apply evenly and buff out. Most liquid waxes will dry to a haze within a minute, but this varies with win, sunlight, and thickness of application. Now, let’s move on to paste waxes. Paste wax is pretty easy to apply. They do not perform as good as liquids do and can be difficult to use once you reach the bottom of your container. They will usually dry to a haze within 30 seconds. Finally, we have spray waxes. Spray waxes are best fit for newer cars with excellent finishes. They are convenient, compatible with plastic, easy to use, and good for spot waxing. They are quick to apply and can be wiped off without drying. However, they are as durable. 

What Ingredients are in a Car Wax?

The ingredients in a car wax depend on the type that you choose. As mentioned before, normally a car wax is a formulated blend of waxes, oils, and solvents. These can include crude oil distillates, ethanol, mineral spirits, petroleum, and more. Carnauba wax is a plant-based vegetable wax derived from the Brazilian Palm tree. The vegetable wax is then blended with oils, petroleum distillates, solvents, and other like ingredients in order to be worked into a usable wax product.

What are the Pros and Cons to Waxing a Car?

There are both good things and bad things about car waxing. Here is a list of the pros and cons: 

Car Waxing Pros: 

  • Simple to use, but be sure to follow the instructions for each product. 
  • Can DIY, you don’t always need a professional 
  • It is heat resistant 
  • Fairly affordable 

Car Waxing Cons: 

  • Requires a lot of maintenance and reapplication 
  • In order for it to work properly, it needs to be applied to a smooth wax free surface each time 
  • Over time it can become costly 
  • Can be confusing to choose the right products 
  • Constant washing and reapplication of car wax can wear out your clear coat over time
  • You can end up with swirl marks after wax application

Is There a Better Alternative to Car Wax and Sealants?

Yes, of course there is. The better alternative to car wax and sealants would be Ceramic Pro nano ceramic coating. Nano ceramic coating is different from wax because it creates a chemical bond to the surface of your paint. They are extremely hydrophobic and resistant to environmental pollutants. Ceramic coatings provide a much higher durability than wax, they resist heat and UV rays, protect against environmental contaminants and detergents. Simply put, Ceramic Pro nano ceramic coating is far superior to wax. Ceramic coating makes waxing your car obsolete. You read that right, after applying ceramic coating to your car there is no need for wax. Ceramic Pro has a scratch resistance of 9H, so tiny particles won’t have an effect on the surface. Another bonus is that Ceramic Pro 9H lasts for years, unlike wax. Although ceramic coating will have a greater cost up front, it is worth it because it will reduce maintenance costs over all. Click here to find a certified Ceramic Pro installer near you!

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