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Car Polish and Wax. Are they the same? Which comes first?

Did you know that car polish and wax are products used to help protect your vehicle? Do you know the difference between the two? Read on to know more..

There are many steps you can take to protect your car and it is safe to say that all of this helps protect the paint job.

One of the things you can do is to use both polish and wax at home and incorporate them in part of your car washing schedule. They will help to keep your car looking fantastic, and if used regularly, your car will look new.

Car Polish

A type of wax prep product that is used before you apply the wax coat. Most used to remove the grease, dirt, scrapes, and scratches that cannot be removed while washing your car. Polish comes in various forms: creams, sprays, liquids, etc and contains solvents that will help remove the impurities that allow the paint to shine through. The method to do so is to put a large portion on a cloth and polish using a circular motion you can also use an electric car polisher to get the job done faster. An important aspect to remember is that polish only helps in removing the dirt and doesn't provide protection.

PRO TIP: You do need to be careful, because if you polish too much, then you may take off too much paint and expose the primer or undercoat.

Car Wax

After washing and polishing the next step is to add a layer of shine, which also acts as a layer of protection for your car. The wax will protect your car from UV rays and If there are any dirt stains on the paint, then the wax will seal it on the car.  It also minimizes the moisture that comes in contact with the paint as water can cause corrosion in the long run. In other words, this acts as a paint sealant.  Using a good quality wax can increase your car’s life and this can be very beneficial for you in the long run.

PRO TIP - It is best to apply a thin, even layer using a sponge or soft cloth. Make sure you don’t apply too much as this can cause damage to the paint. 

So What Should You Use?

The use of polish or wax will depend on what your car needs. If there are a lot of scratches or rust then polish will be your product of choice. Waxing helps to protect the car and produce a high shine. It is advisable to wax your car approximately every 3 months, but polishing only needs to be done when you notice problem spots.

Ultimately make sure you check out your car after washing but before waxing to see if you need to use polish. Scratches that are left untreated can begin to rust and may eventually form small holes.

Before using any type of wax or polish, do take care to read the directions on the product literature. Try and perform a test on a small spot before applying over the entire car body. This is recommended since the ingredients of wax and polish can vary and may affect your car’s paint in different ways.

Hope this blog has polished your knowledge of car care!

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