What’s the best paint protection for my vehicle?
A question that is been ask several times on the car care industry is: Whats the best protection for my paint? Also is been a topic of discussion thru forums, detailers and even car enthusiast that want the best for the buck protection for their vehicle, today we will discuss every single paint protection avaible in the market so you can make a clear decision when comes to protect the finish and look of your car. In this industry these are the most common protections such as waxes, sealants and now with the latest technology we have permanent coatings, also we cant leave aside the film protection (aka: Clear bra). Now we will compare and discuss each of the benefits and disadvantages of each.
The good: Wax
Waxes have been present for some time, which may be chemical/synthetic or natural, the most recognized in the automotive industry is carnauba wax. It is known as “queen of waxes” and in its pure state, usually comes in the form of hard yellow-brown flakes. It is obtained from the leaves of the carnauba palm by collecting and drying them, beating them to loosen the wax, then refining and bleaching the wax. Carnauba wax can produce a glossy finish and as such is used in automobile waxes.
These kind of waxes also come in grades of purity, the more pure carnauba is in the mix the better gloss, protection and durability that can deliver, also it can be applied in layers which increases the durability, color depth but not for much, there’s also a price range in between from $50-$37,000 we got some examples as:
- Chemical guys 50/50 Blend
- Pinnacle Souveran
- Swissvax Concorso
- Swizöl International’s Divine
- Brough & Howarth’s Definitive Wax Marble
These waxes are in the range we mentioned and because waxes are derived from natural plants are considered organic and for this reason is why waxes tend to breakdown easily than any other; is like putting sunscreen on your skin. In an average daily driven car waxes last for about a month or two depending on quality of the wax applied. That’s why we have our next option which are synthetic polymer sealants.
Getting something Better: Sealants
Paint sealants are getting to know more often in the car care industry they also called Teflon or Polymer Sealant. They last a lot longer, easy to apply, and there’s no natural ingredients about them. This type of protection is chemical science to their best.
Sealants are made of polymers, which are composed of synthetic particles that are linked together. think it like DNA links in our body. When a sealant bonds to your vehicle’s paint, it forms a strong layer of protection. It is not like carnauba that disappear in a matter of washes. Paint sealants sit on top of the paint like a transparent layer. They tend to deliver glossy finish and slickness to the paint, making dirt and grime not to stick so easily to the paint, there’s a lot of debate between carnauba lovers and people who prefer sealants, reality of sealants is the selling point because their durability. A premium paint sealant can last 4 to 6 months, sometimes longer also depending on driving conditions and quality of
We mean “last” by saying that water will continue to bead and the paint will be protected from UV rays. If your that type of person that spends more time driving than detailing, but still like that fresh detailed look of your car a sealant every 4-6months is the way to go. Otherwise youll be better with a Maintenance Free Coating: Our next topic.
A paint Coating is: the BEST
Technology has been a huge part of the car care industry where now we have available Paint Coatings that can last for years and not months and one of the most important features in keeping your vehicle clean is the ability of a protective layer to release water and dirt easily without compromise gloss and look of your paint.
There are several type of coatings on the market but we recognize 2 as the only ones to be truth about their specifications and what they feature, Cquartz Finest from CARPRO and Opticoat from OPTIMUM. If you’re looking for the best protection available on the market for your vehicles paint and that it will make your car look good all the time, the nanotechnology from these coatings can be the answer to that question, this kind of protection works as a barrier in between your paint clear coat and the environment fallout, making it easy to wash your car as it doesn’t let things stick easy to the paint and water just sheets off from surface like melting butter.
Plus if an incident happens, you can easily repair a spot and reapply that coating feeling relieve that your paint won’t suffer the consequences when a bird drops in your car. Also imaging have not to worry about detailing your cars paint every month with wax or every 6months with sealants, just one time service and be ready for good 2 years. Here some great benefits:
- Superior Gloss and color depth
- Stays Cleaner longer
- Resistance to Brake Dust and Iron Particles (Oxidation)
- Lack of Dirt Retention
- Easier maintenance
- Fine Swirl Resistance (Some offer great resistance to Fine scratches)
You cant go wrong when choosing a coating but the only downside is price, but in a long term you can spend more doing a wax every month than one service that will last you for years and your car be protected at is best.
A clear alternative: Film Protection
A Protection Film is a high performance self adhesive clear-coated aliphatic polyurethane film designed to protect automotive paint, and other surfaces, from harmful effects of stone chips and abrasion. It has exceptional elongation properties for ease of application and this feature allows for single piece installations. Depending on the film brand these are designed to resist staining and offer superior environmental resistance and gloss retention.
The clear coat film employs special elastomeric polymers that allow scratches in the surface to “heal” over time, eliminating the need for frequent polishing to maintain a just installed appearance. These films are coated with ultra clear high performance acrylic adhesive which has excellent adhesion on a broad range of surfaces, while resisting disturbances during installation.
Even when these films seem to deliver the best of the best, have their downsides such as price, a slight difference in between non-protected paint and protected paint can be seen, if its improperly installed can be make a huge difference on the look and not all brands can deliver a clear view of the paint. Few brands we can mention as the best are: Xpel, 3M, NanoFusion, Suntek.
At the end of the day the way you want to protect your car is up to you. Either is a budget decision or a desire decision you can’t leave your paint without any protection. So when you choose always try to get the best and beneficial for your needs.