Carnauba wax is the most popular of waxes used in car detailing, with some of the below the main reasons it is so highly regarded as a car wax. It is unlikely you will find a wax make of 100% Carnauba though. Read More
- Almost completely insoluble in water, so it will not wash off quickly in a rain shower of even a basic bodywork rinse. This gives you a long-term solution to keeping your car looking its very best.
- Has a high melting point, meaning the heat of the day light sun, even in the height of summer, will not have an effect on the wax quality. Many other solutions can be worn away just be the elements, but not top quality wax solutions.
- A very hard wax in its most natural form, it can be used in line with other wax products to produce a softer compound that is much better suited to car bodywork and ideal for car detailing.
Most high-end waxes will be made up of a combination of natural wax and solvents, each with their own specific jobs, finish types and quality levels depending on the manufacturer and the price tag. Typically a high quality wax will have a life span of 6-12 months between applications and are best applied by hand. It is recommended regular maintenance cleans are used to get the best out of your enhancement detail.
Wax works by smoothing out the paint surface of the bodywork by filling in the tiny imperfections and bumps of a vehicle paint job. This creates an almost completely smooth finish to the surface of the car bodywork, giving a stunning high gloss finish. Wax is not a fix or a solution to permanently damaged paintwork; this may require more care and attention.
This makes waxing one of the most popular forms of keeping a car looking stylish without adding too much to it, or going over the top. It’s a particularly interesting way to make sure that your car has a vintage look, and lets you take proper care of your car.
Synthetic or Sealant waxes may work in a slightly different manner, offering greater protection and longer lasting wax properties. Waxes and sealants are different products with different roles in car detailing, for more information on the differences, please see below.
Sealants work similar to waxes, by filling in the tiny imperfections of bodywork paint to create a glass like shield and add protection for the surface against things like bird droppings, dust and harmful UV rays that can damage, mark and discolour your original paintwork.
Some sealants are ‘friction activated’ meaning they are best applied by machine polishing, giving the glass like finish expected from the highest quality detailers. If a top quality sealant is used on your car you can expect it to be like the windows, effectively dealing with any kind of contact with the elements and keeping the car looking pristine at all times.
Most high quality sealants have a life span of 6-12 months between applications and are best applied by machine polishing. To maximise the effect of the the wax, it is often suggested a maintenance detail is carried out on a regular basis. If you care about your car, though, it’s very much worth it as it will keep your car in supreme condition.