For most of us in Australia, when we purchase a new car we are often offered a variety of paint protection options. The level of information provided also varies depending on the brand of product and unfortunately the honest of the salesperson. These same factors also dictate the cost too.
To help you sift through the jargon and multitude of products available, Project Detail in Gladesville, Sydney will go over some of the options available for your car.
Commonly there are 3 categories of 'paint protection.' These can be defined as any product that is applied to your paintwork which offers any form of protection. All forms of paint protection will offering varying degrees:
- UV Protection - Very important in our Strong Australian Environment
- Hydrophobicity - Water Beading, Water Sheeting & Self-Cleaning
- Physical Resistance - Acidic Elements (birdpoo, batpoo & watermarks), Swirl marks and light marring
- Aesthetics - Gloss, depth and clarity
Waxes - Low to Medium Cost
Waxes are the oldest form of protection, these use a combination of Carnauba Palm Waxes, fruit oils and other ingredients. Waxes still provide the best in terms of gloss and depth. However one major downside with waxes is a lack of thickness, longevity and resistance towards longterm damage.
Synthetic Sealants - Low Cost
To overcome the short lifespan of waxes, Sealants were developed. These can last months upto 12 months maximum which is a great improvement. However, the overall looks weren't able to compare to waxes. This option is most often offered by dealerships, even with a lifetime warranty the product will not last longer than 24 months on your vehicle.
Glass Coatings - Medium to High Cost
The most recent development in paint protection. Utilising advanced chemistry, the vast majority of coatings are based on Silicone Dioxide SiO2 aka Quartz or Pure Glass. These coatings come in many different brands and there is a lot of misinformation among them. However, one thing is clear, a good glass coating is a large step ahead from waxes and sealants. The gloss provided is almost of the same level as waxes, the lifespan is often between 2 -5 years and best of all they excel in the other attributes in UV protection and Hydrophobicity.
Keep an eye out for our next blog post about glass coatings for more information.
What does this all mean for you?
Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, your own budget and expectations should dictate which option you opt for. One important element to consider is with waxes and sealants, regular application (quarterly) is recommended to achieve the best results.
Glass Coatings can be a cost effective solution due to their long lifespan. The top level coatings which deliver extremely well in each attribute listed above can become costly however.
It is important to do good research and ask your detailer to find a protection product suitable for you and your car.