I wanted to start with a brief education on auto wax or car wax as its most commonly called. When you go back in time you would call this stuff “coach wax” as horse drawn coach builders in Europe would take different kinds of animal fat and rub it on their coaches to preserve them from the elements. Fast forward and we see “coaches” still have horse power, but not the same kind. And thankfully wax technology is radically different. Nobody I know still rubs animal fat on their cars. What we do put on our cars is usually one of the following things:
- Natural Wax, typically Brazilian Carnauba
- Synthetic Wax, typically a mixture polymers and acrylic resins
About natural wax: the common experience with Brazilian Carnauba wax is it gives your car the deepest, richest shine, but usually it can be a pain to use…unless you’re PG Permaglass About synthetic wax: for the Synthetic waxes out there you get something easier to use and you get a good protective coat, but many people feel the shine isn’t as good as as a natural wax. Some synthetic polymer waxes can even collect in swirls and highlight flaws in your car paint. This is not what you want a wax to do. Another complaint with car wax is that chalky white residue it leaves on your black plastics. This seems to occur with both natural and synthetics waxes.