What are the differences between waxes, synthetic sealants, and coatings?
When faced with the options of what you want to protect your vehicle with, we find that educating you on the difference between coatings, waxes, and sealants can aid you in choosing the protection that best suits your needs.
Wax Wax has been around since the dawn of auto detailing and probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon. While wax adds a natural and beautiful shine to paint, its UV protective properties can be less than sub-par unless it is genuine 100% Carnauba wax. Jars of pure carnauba wax can range upwards of $400 for a single container! Even at this level, your paint will be protected only for a few months.
Synthetic Sealants Synthetic sealants are man-made and polymer-based which adhere and bind to clear-coat. They are purposely designed for longevity and protection against UV Rays and elements of our environment. They can last anywhere from 2 months up to 8-12 months depending which you choose. Aside from protection, sealants add a deep shine, as well excellent water beading and hydrophobic properties.
Coatings Coatings have been popular in Europe for the last several years and they have been growing in popularity ever since they've been introduced into the United States. Coatings offer the highest level of protection and shine when pitched against waxes and sealants. At the entry level, coatings can last 6 months; and depending what level you prefer, they can outlast the life of the car under proper maintenance. Bugs, tar, sap, and bird droppings all remove with ease and the damaging effects of all of these elements are minimized by 99% due to the extremely durable properties of the coating itself. Another amazing characteristic of coatings are their scratch resistant properties.