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Should I Wax or Polish My Car?

Should I Wax or Polish My Car?

Posted in NEWS AND UPDATES by Autobrite on September 26th 2019
Car polish and wax are products used to help protect your car’s paint job and while both serve the same purpose, there are some notable differences. You can use both polish and wax at home and incorporate them into part of your car washing schedule with ease. If used regularly your car will have an added layer of protection and will look shiny and new.

Car Polish

Polishing your car is typically completed before you apply a coat of wax and is employed to remove grease, dirt, scrapes and scratches that can’t be removed during washing. Typically polish comes in the form of creams, sprays and liquids and contains solvents that dissolve impurities on the paint. The key difference between car wax and car polish is that polish is more of a cleaning agent and wax is a protective solution.

Car Wax

On the other hand, car waxing comes after polishing and ads a layer of shine as well offering a layer of protection across the paint. Forming a uniform barrier across the car’s surface, wax seals the paint off against contaminants and if there is any dust, dirt or stains on the paint, these will be sealed in. Once dry, the wax will harden causing rain and dust to slide off and reflecting UV rays from the sun – all of which can cause wear and tear to the paint.

The Best of Both Worlds

Whether you need to use wax or polish will depend on exactly what your car needs. If the paint has a lot of scratches or rust, then polishing is usually a good way to remove ingrained dirt that can cling to them. If your car is relatively new, you may be able to skip polishing and go straight to waxing. Our detailing experts always recommend polishing and then waxing, just to ensure that there really is no dirt left on the car and that the paint is protected against all elements!


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