DIY Auto Detailing Guide | Do It Yourself Auto Detailing and Tips and Tricks

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Polish Or Wax?

 

A car is anybody’s pride. When you purchase a car, you spend so much time choosing the model, color, etc. Apart from the performance part, what people look for is the appearance of the vehicle. And it is a matter of pride to show off a new car.

But after a couple of years, the car loses its sheen. You still like to show off your car. You can’t keep changing your car. So, what can you do to make your car look the same as it was when you purchased it? How can you bring back that shiny bright look?

There are two ways to bring back the bright look to your car. You can either polish or wax your car. Many think they are the same, but there is a huge difference between the two. People choose one or the other, mostly based on price or based on the suggestion of a friend. Let us understand the difference between the two and which is the better option.

Car Polish Or Car Wax?

A car polish is used when the car paint has dulled because of oxidation. It is used when there are minor scratches and swirl marks. Polish normally contains mild abrasives which will remove the dull surface and gives the vehicle a shiny look. It is not recommended often due to the abrasive qualities.

A car wax, on the other hand, gives the car a protective layer over the top coat of paint. Many of the wax brands available now also have UV protecting chemicals so that the paint will maintain the sheen for longer.

Which One And When?

There is always the doubt when one should polish and when one should wax. Wash the car thoroughly and dry it completely. Run your palm over the surface lightly. If you feel bumps, irregularities or rough spots, you need to polish the car. This will remove the top uneven layer and make the surface smooth, removing the damages underneath.

After polishing you can apply the wax so that the layer under is protected from further damage.

The Verdict

Both products being used for different purposes, we cannot say this or that. Both are not interchangeable. If you polish too often you could totally remove the top coat. But polish helps when there is oxidations or corrosion.

Wax needs to be used more often as it doesn’t last as long as polish does. But wax protects the outer layer of the paint. Care should be taken in very hot places. Wax tends to melt.

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