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Carnauba Car Wax versus Synthetic Polymer Sealants

Car wax products in the market can be divided into two types: Natural Car Wax and Synthetic Car Wax. Natural waxes are almost always some type of Brazilian Carnauba Wax. While synthetic car waxes use compound polymer materials to protect your car.

Carnauba Waxes comprise up to a third of natural waxes. Generally speaking the higher carnauba wax content the more desirable the effect is on the car’s paint. Carnauba waxes come from a Brazilian palm that is known to produce the hardest wax known to nature.

This wax has a very high melting point and by itself would almost be impregnable. However it is mixed with a variety of materials to make it possible spread over a car’s surface. Without this mix it would be impossible for the wax to be applied to the car’s paint.

Synthetic Waxes on the other hand are created from polymers and can be characterized as “plasticky” as opposed to the candle like consistency of natural carnauba waxes.  Some sealants are synthesized to mimic the effects of a natural wax and may even contain carnauba wax!

Both carnauba wax and synthetic sealants envelop the car’s paint in a transparent film that protects it. They are formulated to act as dispensable barrier protecting your car’s clear coat. Their transparent nature tends makes it possible for the car paint to show through them.

Their similarities stop there however. They way the protect and the properties of that protection is very different from one another. A Carnauba based natural car wax will almost always provide a deeper warm look to your car. It is as if there is a layer of transparent filmy water that sits on top of your paint. This gives carnauba products a coveted deep wet look.

Synthetic sealants on the other hand give a very different look. A cold glass like layer will seem to sit on top of the paint. Although providing less depth than carnauba natural waxes the synthetic polymers provide the most reflective coat possible for your car. The gloss is superior to that of a carnauba car wax.

A lot of people revere the depth and wetness that carnauba waxes bring. While supporters of Synthetic waxes proclaim the reflectivity that this type of wax brings.  Another advantage of the synthetic polymers is that they create a chemical bond with the paint that make their durability superior to natural car waxes.

To get the best of both worlds some car paint enthusiasts apply a layer of carnauba car wax on top of synthetic sealants. Mixing and matching the right products is essential to this endeavor. Furthermore, there are now synthetic products blended with a bit more natural carnauba to produce the best of both worlds.

So which one should you use for your car?

Use Carnauba Wax if:

1)      You tend to wax your car often.
(Carnauba waxes work their best between 4 to 8 weeks)
2)      You want the deepest wettest look for your car
3)      Your car is parked indoors
4)      For those special occasions that you need the maximum best of out of your paint (Carnauba’s warmth is very pleasing to most people’s eyes)

Recommended Carnauba Waxes

Meguair’s #26 Hi Tech Yellow Wax

Collinite Marquee D’Elegance (Collinite #915)

Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wax

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Use Synthetic Polymer Sealants if:

1)      The car you are applying it on is a daily drive
2)      You park your car outside
3)      Durability is your main concern
4)      You like the look of a colder finish(Most synthetic waxes give a cooler blue shine)

Recommended Sealants

Meguair’s NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0

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Mother’s FX SynWax

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Zaino Z-2 Pro

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