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Waxing lyrical

Question : I AM confused by the different types of car polish formulations on sale. I have noticed that the two main classifications are the wax and the polymer types and would appreciate an explanation of the differences between the two types.

Answer : YOU are correct in your observations about the different wax and polymer type polishes that are available.

Pure polishes are no longer available on the market. A pure polish contains extremely fine abrasive particles suspended in a liquid, and works by removing a very fine layer of surface paint to reveal afresh and shiny surface.

A sealant such as a wax or a polymer-based material is then applied to this surface, smoothing out any surface imperfections (thus enhancing the shine) and sealing the surface, protecting it from further weathering.

Modern polishes are formulated for one-step application, thus the polishing and sealing processes are accomplished in a single step.

Polymer sealants are synthetically formulated for hardness, ease of application and generally hold up to the weather better than the natural waxes.

On the other hand, natural waxes such as carnauba may shine better when first applied, but they do not stand up to weathering as well as the polymers do.

 
   
 

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