After cleaning and polishing your car, painted surfaces need protection from different elements in case you are to preserve the long-term quality of a finish. Protection will always come in the form of synthetic polymer, natural carnauba waxes or products which combine these two. Car paint protection may be referred to as the invisible barrier which adheres to your paint’s surface and then shields it from daily dust or grim, honeydew, industrial fallout, UV radiation, bird droppings and bugs sputter. Every protection applied to the paint is subject to both physical and chemical erosion as a result of weather.
Comparison between Synthetic Polymer and Natural Carnauba Wax
All categories of protection often create the invisible surface layer which repels contaminants and water. The water hating layer makes water to sheet off or bead up on the surface of the paint. Finishes made of natural carnauba wax are very hydrophobic and have the tendency of repelling water in a stronger way as compared to synthetic polymer sealants.
Hence, it is normal to find waxed finishes strongly beading up in a wet weather and the water droplets will appear as if they are pushed upwards off the paint surface. Sealed finishes, however, have the tendency of being less hydrophobic and much slicker, implying that the water droplets have no tendency of beading up that much but will instead run off in a quick and freeway. These features indicate a superior paint protection level. However, if water remains on the car without running or beading, then it is possible that the protection level is low.
Natural Carnauba Wax
There is a kind of palm tree, native to Brazil, from which carnauba wax is derived. The wax is the purest, the most transparent and the hardest. Several car care enthusiasts and owners of show cars have always argued natural carnauba wax does produce a finish that is darker, richer and glossier as compared to other categories of the car paint protection products, specifically if used on the darker colored cars.
Carnauba wax coating nicely beads water and can mask any minor defect in your paint. However, the durability of the carnauba wax is relatively low. The carnauba wax with an average quality will, for instance, have its coat last for about 2 to 3 months though this depends on the covered mileage, whether you garage the car overnight or not.
In contrast to carnauba wax derived in a natural way, synthetic polymer sealants are products that incorporate modern technology and contain formulas that are quite complex such as polyethylene-acrylic or polyamino-siloxane polymers.
As argued by most car care enthusiasts, the synthetic polymer sealants remain a superior car paint protection product when compared to the other car paint protection categories because of their production of the ultra-slick finish, which is very durable. A synthetic polymer protection coat will last for about 3 to 4 months. The finish that the sealants produce is far sharper looking and less glossy than the one carnauba wax produces and highlight defects instead of masking them.