Wax vs Polish - What's the Difference?

In this article we look at the differences between car wax and car polish


Car Wax

Natural wax comes in many shapes and forms, from vegetable waxes (carnauba) to animal waxes (bees wax), it’s the natural properties of some of these waxes that make them perfect for use on cars. The most popularly used in the automotive industry is carnauba wax and what makes this type of wax ideal is that it is virtually insoluble in water, so won’t immediately disappear after each wash or downpour. The waxes melting point is at 82-86 °C so it will easily withstand the high summer temperatures without melting directly off your car. Also, most car waxes are a combination of the natural wax, solvents, silicone fluids, other waxes and colorants. 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. 

Car Polish 

Car polish is a product that uses an abrasive action to remove very fine layers of the top coat protection in order to flatten out the surface to ensure and equal reflection of the light, providing a highly polished look. A quality modern polish is made of “diminishing abrasives “which break down into further smaller particles as they are worked onto the paint. This avoids the need to go through varying steps of abrasiveness in different bottles to achieve a highly polished look. Many polishes also contain gloss enhancing oils which further help to provide a deep look shine to the paint work. When it comes to using a high quality polish, Nu Finish Once a Year Car Polish is the only product on the market that doesn’t contain wax, don’t require any rubbing or buffing and can be applied in direct sunlight, a true high performer by all accounts. 

So when it comes to protecting your pride and joy, we hope that you now have the knowledge to pick the right product next time you head to the auto store.