The Flitz Guide to Paint Sealant vs. Car Wax
The car care world has been flooded with an assortment of options that are designed for one purpose - to help you protect and enhance the paintwork on your car. The two major protectants on the market today are car waxes and car sealants. You may be wondering, is there even a difference between car wax and sealant? Is there a right choice? Our guide on the differences between sealant and car wax will help you understand the major differences between these two very similar products, and allow you to make the decision that is best for you and your ride.
Car waxes generally contain the same major ingredient - carnauba wax. Carnauba wax does not wash away with water, is able to stand up to high temperatures, and is soft, natural, and easy to work with. When applied, carnauba wax adds a very warm glow to your paint coating. After using a quality car wax like our Speed Wax, you'll see colors on your paint enhanced and imperfections minimized. On darker colors, carnauba wax products help give your paint depth and intensity. On brighter colors, it creates a bright and vibrant shine. For a natural product, carnuaba wax provides a beautiful finish that is near impossible to match and strong protection when formulated with other ingredients.
Unfortunately, even the best wax has natural limitations.The major downside of car wax (compared to paint sealant) is its lack of consistent durability. Even though carnauba wax can stand up to most summer temperatures, it is not invincible. As car wax sits on a hot coat of paint, temperatures of the paint surface can reach over the melting point of carnauba wax (about 180°F). Over time, this will cause the wax to evaporate and your car will loose its protective coating. Waxes can also inconsistent in withstanding harsher soaps and certain car detergents. These limitations can be easily mitigated by applying a wax coating more often, but that does take time out of your day!
Sealants are not naturally occurring products, and are instead engineered and chemically formulated to provide the best possible protection for your cars' paint. Because sealants are lab-made, they are designed to provide a higher level of durability than wax products. Our Flitz Sealant creates a ceramic-type shell around your car which completely resists water and protects against extreme heat, UV rays, harsh detergent, and general wear.
While sealants still cannot produce the same glow as carnauba wax, the aesthetic gap is shrinking fast. As of recent, sealants are becoming much more popular in the car care world. They provide the best protective coat available while still providing an excellent shine and beautiful reflective properties. While the look of sealants is generally more of a shine compared to the warm glow of a carnauba wax product, we've talked to many car owners who say they prefer the look of the sealant - especially for non-colored paint coatings like black, metallic gray, and white.
Simply put - if you prefer a lasting protection with a beautiful shine, go with the sealant. If you prefer the unmatched warm glow created by a natural carnauba wax product, go with the car wax. The right choice is completely dependent on your preference as a car owner! If you have any questions about using Flitz on your projects at home, please feel free to contact us.