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