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Carnauba Wax vs Polymer Sealant

Car Wax vs Paint Sealant


Ever wonder why your neighbor’s car looks infinitely more gorgeous than yours? The secret could be that he knows how to pick the right car cleaning products to use even for DIY detailing. If you’re unfamiliar with the merits of polymer sealant vs wax or carnauba wax vs synthetic wax, you won’t know how to choose the appropriate item to keep your car looking just as good as your neighbor’s.

For a thoroughly impressive appearance, it’s never enough to simple wash and scrub the dirt off your car.

The extra step of paint protection is a necessary investment that will pay off big time in the long run. When your paint-job is perfectly preserved, you can forget about having your car repainted in the years to come.

Which product should you choose?

Natural carnauba wax (we’ve mentioned it before in relation to motorcycle detailing) and synthetic polymer sealant are equally effective at sealing in your car’s freshly-cleaned look and protecting the clear coat. Both are equally good at creating a hydrophobic layer that protects you car against water, the elements, and road contaminants. Both also add vibrancy to your car’s paintjob by giving it an extra sheen and allowing the surface to reflect more light.

Now here’s the differences between these two products.

Carnauba wax is a natural protectant, giving your vehicle a “three-dimensional” shine that makes the colors deeper, darker, and richer. Carnauba is derived from a type of palm tree that is native to Brazil, but sometimes it is also mixed in with beeswax and other natural substances. If you have a dark-colored vehicle, carnauba wax might be the better option for you.

The downside to this is that carnauba wax tends to thin and wear off after a shorter period of time compared to polymer sealants.

Polymer sealants, which are made from plastic-based formulas instead of organic substances, can hold up against worse weather for longer. In turn, a freshly sealed car will look better for longer than a freshly waxed vehicle. Using a polymer sealant will also mean that you might not have to have your car detailed for longer, because it will certainly retain its like-new appearance for months and months. Depending on the weather conditions in which you drive, a good coating of polymer sealants can last up to four months.

The bad thing about polymer sealants is that they don’t produce that slick, glossy finish that carnauba wax can.

Moreover, instead of masking small defects and minor imperfections, polymer sealants can actually call attention to the things that make your car less beautiful to look at. Carnauba wax can downplay the swirls in the paintjob and hide the scratches and scrapes that are strewn all across the car’s surface.

To find out which product is best for your vehicle,

it’s best to experiment with both protectants and test their capabilities on your own. Durability is certainly a strong point for polymer sealants, but the beauty that carnauba wax can give your vehicle is also a something to consider. Whichever product you eventually choose, be sure to follow the package instructions for proper application and storage of the leftover product.

And if you don’t feel like DIY job today, give us a call or schedule your appointment online!

15 Responses to “Carnauba Wax vs Polymer Sealant”

  1. polymer sealants do give a great finish but you cant beet a natural protectant it giving your vehicle a “three-dimensional” shine that makes the colors deeper

  2. Steve, we have yet to see this type of sealant applied to cars. Can you tell us more?

  3. Uncle Sam says:

    I have used both carnauba waxes and polymer sealants and I cannot really tell the difference in the “Depth of Color” between the two. Both really shine nicely but I can say that the synthetic polymer sealants last a lot longer and are a powerful water repellent. Northwestern Penna. winters are tough and the synthetic sealants do a much better job! Also, very easy to apply and wipe off!

  4. Uncle Sam, how long have you been using both Carnauba wax and polymer sealants? It seems you have a good handle on the difference between the two. ~ Annette

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