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Natural Wax vs. Sealants
Click to enlargeCarnauba or Synthetic?

When you have made the decision to wax, you have ascended to a new level of vehicle appreciation. The amazing depth and quality of the reflections displayed by a delicately waxed vehicle is truly a sight to behold.

A car without a fresh coat of car wax is exposed to the brutality of the elements. Exposure to adverse conditions can doom your precious paint to oxidation, scratches, and corrosion. While some enthusiasts wax for the sheer beauty of it, others do it as a precaution to safeguard their paint from troublesome contaminants. Whatever your reasons may be, you can expect to find paint protection in two different forms.

Getting Acquainted with Natural Car Waxes

Natural car wax is typically engineered from a substance called Carnauba. This car wax is derived from the tropical plant called Copernica Cerifera and is as hard as a brick in its natural form. Because of the natural moisture repellency of its wax, this Brazilian plant is able to direct water flow from rainfall to its root structure. It should also be noted that natural wax is breathable: another plus for your paintjob. Companies that advertise bold statements such as ‘Contains 100% Carnauba Wax!’ are referring to the purity of the carnauba car wax contained in the product, not the product as a whole. Without the addition of naphtha, petroleum distillates and other oils, this product would not be soft enough to work its wonders on your vehicle. Therefore, the highest actual amount of carnauba in any given concoction is a delicate balance between many positive factors, and because of carnaubas natural denseness, only about 1/3 of it can be pure wax.

Carnauba itself is harvested in Brazil, and different levels of purity exist. Yellow wax is reputably the highest achievable grade of wax available, and is used by many industries, including auto, pharmaceutical, and food (food grade carnauba is used to coat some candies and pills). Pinnacle Souveran Wax goes one step above and beyond by refining the yellow wax into an ultra pure ivory wax. Pinnacle Natural Brilliance makes some of best carnauba car wax. Other premium carnauba car waxes include P21S Concours Car Wax and DP Max Wax.

The Synthetic Revolution

Synthetic waxes, a.k.a. paint sealants, will protect your paint for an extended period of time. A coating of polymer paint sealant products will serve as a field of pollutant- repelling armor. Although there is no real way to replicate the complexity of natural carnauba car wax, paint sealants come close. By selectively enhancing the appropriate qualities, chemists have formulated a substance that offers an enhanced amount of protection that is easier to apply. Aficionados will agree that paint sealants do not provide the same showroom brilliance as carnauba, but it is just as easily agreed that paint sealants have a hard-as-glass elegance of their own. A vehicle displaying a coat of Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant is enough to awe any nonbeliever into joining the ranks of synthetic car wax users. If you are drawn to synthetic wax for the promise of long lasting protection, Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze is renowned for its ability to defend your vehicle for up to a year. This is perfect for anyone who wants a lasting, admirable shine that requires little upkeep.

Which car wax is the best?

Spotting the differences between these two wonderful applications is a talent that will come from exposure and experience. When it comes right down to it, you have to look at the hard facts. All-natural carnauba car waxes offers beautiful, liquid shine that cannot be replicated, but it must be reapplied more frequently than synthetic waxes. Synthetic wax ( paint sealants) on the other hand, measures up pound-for-pound with its affordable, lasting protection. However, there is no law that states both of these processes have to be used exclusively. Some connoisseurs have taken matters into their own ambitious hands by topping a layer of paint sealant with a coat of carnauba car wax to achieve the best car wax shine. To do this, apply a coat of synthetic sealant first, but allow it set for an ample amount of time according to the directions. When all signs are clear, begin waxing as normal using Wolfgang German Polish N’ Wax Applicators to make the job go smoothly. The Wolfgang German Applicators are intricately designed to provide cutting light foam on one side, and a soft, finishing foam on the other. This is great for spreading car wax.


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