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The Difference Between Polishing and Waxing Your Car

Polishing and Waxing are terms in the car cleaning industry that are used interchangeably. In fact products that are true waxes are often labeled having “polishing” properties.

Conversely, true polishing products are combined with waxes in order to produce one step polish-wax solutions that are labeled as “polishes.”

This has led many car owners to use the term interchangeably. But what really makes waxes and polishes different from each other? This article will explain the difference between them.

Polishing is a process in which a material that has abrasive properties is applied to the car surface. This is done to remove minor paint damage and removal of minor scratches.

This application is done on a clean surface free of any dust, grime or dirt. Polishing is done after washing the car.

A polish product accomplishes by gently scrubbing a very thin layer of paint on your car. This cleansing property of polishes however exposes the paint to the elements.

Applying wax over the polished surface of a car is then the next step to protect it. If polishing is a cleaning process then waxing is the protecting step.

Waxes coat the car in an invisible barrier. And they act as the first line of defense in weathering the paint damaging effects of the sun and other harsh chemicals.

Waxes are often mixed with chemicals that give of a shine. This extends the surface quality that polishing does. Waxes from the carnauba tree are the most common ingredients of waxes.

Polishing and waxing your car are both important for the health of your car’s paint. Remembering to do both will ensure that your paint will remain deep and shiny for years to come.

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