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Carnauba wax is produced by the Brazilian tree of life. This wax is preferred by car collectors and car enthusiasts because of its rich, warm glow. It transforms the paint into a deep, liquid pool that shimmers under changing light conditions.
A carnauba based wax will protect your vehicle from UV rays, heat, moisture, oxidation and environmental contamination. An application of carnauba wax usually lasts from 6 to 8 weeks. If your paint is corrected first expect even more durability.
Synthetic paint sealants are kind of the anti-carnauba. They are more durable, easy to apply and there is nothing natural about them. Synthetic paint sealants are made of polymers, which are composed of tens of thousands of synthetic particles that are linked together. When a synthetic polymer sealant bonds to your vehicle’s paint, it forms a rigid shell. They are glossy and slick, but do not have the warmth and depth of a carnauba wax. Synthetic polymer paint sealants will last from 4 to 6 months. However, a growing number of enthusiasts simply refuse to choose. Instead, they coat their vehicles with a layer of synthetic polymer sealant for long lasting protection and then top it off with a layer of carnauba for a dazzling shine, commonly referred to as “stacking”.
Silica based paint sealants or coatings were developed using Nanotechnology. These advanced coatings are technically man made ceramic and glass nano-particles. They do not just adhere to the vehicles surface, but rather become a part of the surface themselves. These coatings also enhance the appearance of automotive paint on a timescale of years rather than months. The process involves using a wet sol-gel to lay down a self organizing microfilm of Silica and other nano-scale components that chemically bond to painted surfaces on a molecular level. This invisible glass-like coating not only provides excellent protection against all environmental contaminants, but also partially mimics the self-cleaning properties of the Lotus plant leaves in nature (the Lotus Effect). This will make washing and drying your vehicle much easier. Your wash mitt will glide across your paint surface like never before and drying is near effort-less due to the Hydrophobic properties of these coatings.
Please note that both carnauba waxes and paint sealants are meant for protection only. In order for these products to be effective your paintwork must be corrected first. Remember only when your paintwork is polished will it achieve a true shine. Carnauba waxes and paint sealants will then enhance that shine and protect your corrected paintwork.
What is the difference between Paint Correction, Polishing and Buffing?
What causes swirl marks?
Paint Correction is a professional term for polishing. They both are similar except for paint correction covers all areas above and beyond general degradation. This includes removal of all imperfections including deep scratches, swirl marks, oxidation, etching, paint overspray, run lines, orange peel, and most surface damage. Many of these issues can be resolved using advanced wet sanding and polishing techniques.
Buffing is a generic term often confused with paint correction or polishing. When we as professionals hear the term buffing, to us it means just a quick shine by hand or any average machine with usually an abrasive wool pad, high grit compound, fill in glaze, silicone or wax. Not a good combination. This highly unskilled approach to try and improve a vehicle’s finish is usually performed in a home garage or low quality establishment and the results are always worse than before they began.
Unlike buffing, not just anyone can execute paint correction. This technique is a labor intensive process and must be performed by a master technician that has several years of experience. There are also certain products that must be used to achieve paint correction. These high quality polishing products are developed using Nanotechnology and contain super micro abrasives. They are carefully selected and imported from around the world. Each of these fine products are used for different levels of paint correction and the technician must be familiar with how to use each product individually. The art of safe, modern and proper polishing techniques is what separates the true professional detailer from all the rest and is a skill set that is mastered by very few.
Polishing is designed to bring out the gloss. Paint Sealants are for protection. Polishing is what makes the wet-look, deep gloss possible, especially effective on dark-colored cars.
How long a paint sealant lasts depends on a variety of factors such as the environment and how the surface is prepared. Our paint correction experts are trained to meet your needs and requests.
It depends on the environmental elements your car typically endures. If your vehicle is kept garaged on a daily basis, then a polish or sealant can last as long as a year. If your car is kept outdoors under harsh conditions, then it will need to be sealed as often as once every two months. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that a light colored car be polished and sealed at least every three to six months. Dark colored cars on the other hand, will usually require more frequent and specialized attention.
Swirl marks are actually microscopic scratches in the finish. They are essentially scratches that have been put into the top layer of the paint. These scratches then act as tiny prisms, bending the light and creating a dull rainbow effect. These are often caused by the use of a buffer with the wrong type of polishing pad and/or wax/polish. Automatic car washes also can cause swirls, especially on clear coat paints. Another culprit is hand application or removal of product using a harsh material, or pads and cloths that have picked up micro abrasives from falling on the ground or improper storage. To avoid swirls, thoroughly wash all dirt particles from your finish before applying polish or wax. And always use a micro fiber towel, because its nap draws any contaminants on the surface up into the towel instead of letting them scratch the sensitive paint. At Advanced Auto Solutions, we take extra precautions to ensure that we do the job right.
When applied a glaze helps hide minor scratches, spider webbing, swirl marks and other surface imperfections. It enhances clarity and shine, while giving darker colored paints that deep, wet look. If left unprotected, a glaze will not last long. We, at Advanced Auto Solutions, do not recommend glazing as it often times will not last a week.
What is the difference being a paint sealant and polishing?
What is a sealer or glaze?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often should I polish and apply a sealant to my vehicle?
What is the difference between carnauba waxes, synthetic polymer paint sealants and Silica based paint sealants or coatings?