Amazing Difference Between a Wax and a Polish

Posted on May 11, 2018

Amazing Difference Between a Wax and a Polish
Many motorists are frequently confused when it comes to having your vehicle waxed or polished, some believe they are the same. However, this is not the case. A wax and a polish serve two distinct purposes.

Purpose of Polish
Vehicle Polish was created to remove minor surface flaws such as spotting, scratches, and oxidation. Polishes work with chemical and/or abrasives cleaners to level or flatten the surface. All polishes are not created equal; some tend to be more aggressive than others. The vehicle’s paint surface is not provided protection with polish. Rather, polish works to correct the car’s paint.

As an example, consider a scratch on your vehicle’s clear coat and how light is reflecting off from its microscopic edges. This is the reason that the scratch stands out from the area that is surrounding. With a professional polish, the scratch can level out, or smooth, the edges. The amount of light that the scratch reflects is lessened. In most cases, minor surface scratches and other flaws can be removed with polish, making your vehicle’s paint look like new again.

Purpose of Wax
Vehicle wax was created to enhance as well as protect the surface of the car. Car wax usually contains Carnauba in addition to other waxes and is non-abrasive. After washing, the car wax is applied, and when applied correctly, it dries into a thin, milky-white layer. Once dried, it is buffed or wiped off with a clean microfiber towel. The car wax acts as a protective thin-layer shielding the clear-coat from the elements. This type of protection is needed to stop acid rain, road film, airborne pollutants, and other contaminants from potentially causing damage. Regular waxing is important to maintain the shine and beauty of your vehicle.

To ensure your car is protected, take it to PC Auto Detailing for regular waxes.

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