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Polish or Wax?
Whats the difference?
Should your car need polish or wax?
When it comes to paint protection or paint care both car polish and car wax are the products which helps to protect your vehicle. There are many different car detailing and protection steps you can take. All of these products will help protect the paint job. You can use both polish and wax at home and incorporate them in part of your car washing schedule, but you must know the right time to use what, to keep your car looking new as like you purchased from showroom.
Now the question arises what is the difference between these two techniques? Why do we need both?
Basically a car polish does cleaning action, it removes the top most contaminated layer on paint to bring out the new shine.
On other side Car Wax is a coating layer that protects the surface from water, pollution and other negative factors. It also enhances and gives deep gloss to the painted surface.
Wavex One Step Polishing Compound - Car Polish
Car polish is used before you apply the wax coat. It is used to remove grease, dirt, scrapes, and scratches that cannot be removed from washing. This is a type of car wax prep and car detailing product. It will remove impurities to allow the paint to shine through.
Polishes are different from waxes as the polish will remove dirt but will not provide any protection. It is used before waxing and you want to use a pretty large amount of polish on a cloth. You want to polish using a circular movement or you can even use an electric car polisher. You do need to be careful, because if you polish too much, then you may take off too much paint and expose the primer or undercoat.
Wavex Brazillian Carnauba Wax Polish - Car Wax
Car wax is used after washing and polishing to add a layer of shine to the car as well as a layer of protection. It is a coating layer. If there is any dirt or stains on the paint, then the wax will seal it on the car. Wax will protect your car from UV rays and will prevent pollution and other dust from damaging your car. It also minimizes the moisture that comes into contact with the paint, as water causes corrosion.
Waxing often can never damage your car. Using wax will actually increase your car’s life and can be very beneficial. You do not want to apply a lot of wax as too much can actually damage the paint. It is best to apply a thin, even layer using a sponge or soft cloth.
So What Should You Use?
The use of polish or wax will depend on what your car needs. If you have a lot of scratches or rust then polish will be the product of choice. Waxing helps to protect the car and produce a high shine. You should wax your car approximately every 3 months, but polishing only needs to be done when you notice problem spots.
Ultimately you should check out your car after washing but before waxing to see if you need to use polish. Scratches that are left untreated can begin to rust and may eventually form small holes.