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What is the Difference Between Coating, Sealing, and Waxing?

In the world of car washing, you will often hear the words “coating,” “sealing,” and “waxing” used interchangeably. While there are similarities between these three types of products, they perform different functions.

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Car Coat

A car coating is the longest-lasting, most protective, and most expensive of the three options. It is usually provided by an automotive paint business or a car detailer rather than a car wash and is applied as a sort of secondary clearcoat on top of the existing one.

The coating is recommended when scratches and dings are a concern, or when you want a solid base that you will also continue to wax on a regular basis.

Car Polish

You might also hear about car polish, which is another term to add to your general automotive lexicon. Unlike the wax, seal, or coat, the polish is what you use to improve the car’s exterior before you apply additional protection. The polish removes dirt, caked-on grease, and even scratches, and frequently comes with a solvent that allows the person to match the paint as you polish your car.

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Car Seal

Also known as paint sealant, it is designed to protect the body of your car against the sun, moisture, and pollution. However, it is normally made from synthetic ingredients for long-lasting protection. You might not get the same glossy shine that a wax provides, but you would not have to reapply every week, even if you perform regular washes.

Car Wax

A car wax is a liquid application (sometimes applied as a wax paste) that seals a car’s exterior against harmful UV rays, moisture, and pollution in the air. It almost always includes carnauba wax as one of the ingredients and makes a car look glossy, shiny, and gleaming to the naked eye. It is an easy product to apply and to wash off.

This product is not designed to last longer than a few weeks at a time. Even though hand applications of car wax can give protection, it will only last a few months. However, the liquid wax applications you get at a professional car wash will keep the vehicle protected for a few weeks until you are ready for the next washing.

We hope this has answered some of your questions about car paint protection and taken away some of the mystery around the terminology of these products. If you have further inquiries, feel free to contact the best car wash company in Colorado: Mike’s Auto Spa Car Wash.