Before you get to our products, here is all you need to know about polishes and compounds:

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPOUNDS AND POLISHES

Polishing products work on a sliding scale from highly abrasive (compounds) to less abrasive polishing chemicals. High abrasives are for use usually on older vehicles which have acid spots / swirl marks/ dullness or vehicles with scratch marks and damage. Compounding is the use of these compoudsn to grind the surface layers of damage. Use a buffer with the compound to melt the paint to fill in the gaps in the paintwork. If used too much can actually create swirl marks and damage so definitely a job left to professionals.

 

Polish will bring out the colour of the car by taking off a microscopic layer of damaged paint, bringing out the shine of the vehicle is created by buffing the vehicle well.

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF POLISHES

Heavy cut polish

Medium cut polishes

Light cut / Finishing Polishes – uses for light swirls and scratches. They are also used as a finishing polish to remove any hazing left from a more aggressive polish and bring the gloss back to the paint.

Paint Cleansers – They use chemical abrasives to remove oxidation and wax or sealants

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAR WAX AND POLISH?

Firstly let’s start with the question What is a Wax? A wax in its natural form comes in many guises from vegetable waxes i.e carnauba to animal waxes i.e. bees wax. The most popular for use in the automotive industry is carnauba wax. What makes this type of wax ideal is that it is

  1. virtually insoluble in water, so won’t immediately disappear after each wash or rain shower
  2. has a melting point of 82-86 °C so will withstand the high daylight summer temperatures without melting off your car
  3. although one of the hardest waxes to be found in its natural form it produces a durable and very glossy finish when combined with other waxes/ingredients used to produce a softer product that can be more easily applied to paintwork.

 

Most car waxes will therefore be a combination of the natural wax, solvents, silicone fluids, other waxes and colorants. Some will also contain abrasives, depending on the product being developed but for the purposes of this article we are looking to compare the “pure” wax vs polish.

 

In giving your paintwork its shine, your wax will effectively be “smoothing” out the surface of the paint by “filling” in many of the imperfections in the paintwork. Unfortunately if your paintwork is suffering from oxidation, dullness or swirls there is only so much “filling” that the wax can achieve and all you are effectively doing is covering up and hiding the true nature of why your car is not looking as good as it should.

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