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Wax vs. Paint Sealant

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax has been used to protect automotive finishes since the 1900's. It is derived from the leaves of the carnauba palm tree, Copernicia Cerifera, found in northeastern Brazil. Naturally, carnauba wax is a brownish yellow color, relatively hard, and has a melting point of about 180* F. Under direct sunlight, dark colored paint can easily reach temperatures of 190+*F. At these temperatures, carnauba wax will begin to break down leaving your vehicle unprotected from the elements. While high grade carnauba waxes do provide a very glossy finish (on properly prepped paint), and polymers have been introduced into their formulations, it still lacks the long term durability of synthetic paint sealants. Your average carnauba wax will last about one or two months.


Synthetic Paint Sealant

Chemists have created synthetic paint sealants as an option for those seeking long term protection for their paint work. They are primarily composed of polymers which cross link and form a strong, durable bond with the paint. Moreover, sealants have a much higher melting point of around 350*F. While early paint sealants lacked gloss and gave the paint a "plastic" type look, technology has improved to the point where you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a carnauba wax and a sealant. Additionally, 90- 95% of gloss comes from the polishing process, not your LSP (last step process, i.e. wax or sealant). Your average paint sealant will last about four to six months, with some lasting up to one year.


D&D utilizes high quality paint sealants designed to protect your paint for up to six months. We also offer Optimum Opti- Coat Pro permanent coating for new vehicle protection.


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