The first form of paint protection products were natural occurring waxes mixed with oils and solvents to create what we know today as a traditional car wax. These products are generally more associated with high levels of gloss, working with the paint to produce a warm, radiant wet look on the surface. They don’t tend to last too long, but give a complete aesthetic transformation. Waxes are very easy to apply, and are a great starting point in the realm of paint protection.
The next evolution of paint protection came in the form of paint sealants. These are more synthetic man made products that can vary quite a bit in their ingredients, but are largely based on what we know as polymer technology. To explain it simply, polymers comprise of more advanced multi-linked molecules than provide sealants with longer durability, whilst still providing high levels of gloss and slickness. Most sealants can be applied by machine or hand, and are an easy way to achieve a good level of protection.
The latest and newest form of paint protection are glass coatings, which can be also referred to as ceramic or Nano coatings. Once again, coatings can also vary in their ingredients, but for the most part, they tend to be silica based solutions that create a protective glass coating on the surface of the vehicle.
These Glass Coatings are negative in charge, meaning they don’t attract dust like regular Waxes and Sealants, and have a much higher repellency to water and contaminants. Their composition creates a much longer durability, resulting on average 2+ years. Their molecular structure also provides extremely strong chemical and physical resistance – mitigating swirls and scratches on the surface, whilst repelling even the harshest of contaminants.
Glass Coatings give a rich wet look on the surface, giving the paint more depth, and providing an incredible high gloss finish on any colour.
The emergence of glass coatings have also brought fourth Spray Coatings, which puts all of this new technology in an easy to Spray & Wipe product which can last up to 6 months. They can be applied to almost every surface of the car’s exterior and on top of any wax, sealant or coating.
Why should paint protection be applied?
Paint protection was designed to address the need for extending the life and appearance of automotive paint, which does require a little upkeep form time to time. The greatest benefit of having a paint protection product applied to your car is that it acts as a sacrificial layer to take the punishment of things such as U.V. damage, traffic film contaminates, and environmental fallout. So without this layer of protection, all those environmental contaminations would be directly damaging and wearing into your paint or clear coat rather than attacking that protective layer.
The other great benefit about having a quality paint protection product applied to your paint, is that it makes the upkeep of the vehicle far easier and a much more pleasurable experience. Water beads right off, and contaminants don’t stick to the paintwork as easily. This results in your car being cleaner for longer, and when you do Wash & Dry the car, it is so much easter.
Beyond that, the benefits of waxes, sealants and coating are that they also add to and increase the visual appearance of paint, in the way of amplifying gloss, saturation and depth.
There are an array of different forms of protection, with different benefits. In summary, Waxes are generally reserved for more of a show car, creating a high level of gloss. Sealants are a more durable version of waxes, giving great aesthetic enhancements but focusing more on durability, and Coatings & Spray Coatings are new forms of paint protective technology that encase your vehicle in a layer of glass, giving great levels of chemical/physical resistance and a huge aesthetic enhancement.