There are several protection methods or coatings to protect the automobiles’ exterior or body, with different pricing and performance.

Waxes, sealants and ceramic coatings are three different ways to protect your car paint. In this article we are going to provide a quick explanation regarding each of them. Whether it is durability, gloss enhancement, or longevity, these products provide certain benefits.

Comparing car wax, sealant and ceramic coating

Car Wax

Wax made of natural substances harvested from a certain kind of palm tree is called Carnauba wax. Carnauba wax is widely used in the cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical industries. Of all the natural waxes, Carnauba Wax is the most durable as well as extremely popular.

Car wax products usually consist of a mixture of oils, different types of waxes (such as Carnauba, Montan, Beeswax), and polymers. However, wax does not bond with the paint, but just sits on top of it. In addition, car wax isn’t resistant to degradation by automatic car washes and car wash detergents. These are the reasons that a traditional wax lasts only for two to three months.

For those detail enthusiasts who prefer a natural look, wax is a recommended choice. Wax functions as a protective layer. Wax offers several advantages: it is inexpensive, it makes colors look rich and vibrant, it provides a deep rich finish and gives your car’s paint a showroom shine. Dark colors also get more depth and dimension.

Paint Sealants

The synthetic paint protection sealants are more resistant to chemical soaps and heat than traditional car wax. The fact that these products are lab-made means they can be catered to meet any requirements.

By using sealants your vehicle will be less vulnerable to heat, UV rays, as well as detergents. The paint sealant products could be of several types (e.g., paste or spray). A paint sealant that is in the form of a paste is the most durable one.

Spray-on paint sealants can be convenient and easy to apply but they do not last as long as the paste. Depending on which product is used, paint sealants last from two months to one year.

Ceramic Coatings

The latest paint protection products are ceramic coatings or Nano-Ceramic Coatings. These coatings are much more durable than polymer-based car paint sealants. The process of adhering to vehicle paint chemically creates a long-lasting layer of protection.

This kind of protective layer is much thicker and shields the paint from chemical etching, oxidation and UV damage. In addition, the coating’s thickness gives it a great depth of gloss. You gain many years of protection by properly applying these ceramic coatings.

The disadvantage of using ceramic coating is that they are more expensive and harder to be apply. It is however cost-effective specifically when comparing the cost of frequently re-applying wax and sealant.

Finishing Glaze

You should not confuse a glaze with waxes or sealants. In contrast to wax or sealants, glazes are oil-based liquids designed to hide small imperfections and fine scratches or swirls. They do not provide any protection and require a sealant or a wax layer on top.

Thus, the longevity of a glaze is short. A simple rain shower will wash it away if not complemented with a protective coat. Glazes are usually used to give a dramatic shiny and glossy look to a properly polished surface.