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Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby G3valeting » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:03 am

Right chaps i know it has been discussed before but i would like to know which is in all your honest opinions is better .. I use sealants more than waxes now because of the durability factor and speed of use of some of them ie gtechniq c2 for starters that and i am finding more and more customers really want durability over looks tbh , i love the warm glow of a wax but compared to these new sealants spray wipe go they are a hassle . Because of my m&k affiliation i use said wax and their paint cleanser is the best i have tried ever and with this combo you get a cracking wet look and glass like reflections but it is a hassle if time is of the essence so which do you guys use prefer?
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Car_clean » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:40 pm

I cant honestly say one is better than the other. I do like putting a nice wax on a car but does take quite a bit more effort than a sealant.
Sealants are great if your short of time and does give a nice gloss but feel its missing something, probably because its too easy!
Then you have the inbetweeners (not the ch4 show) I use DJ Supernatural Hybrid. Nice wax with longevity :-)
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby DMD Detailing » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:18 pm

Been using sealants from different brands for the last couple of years now Gtechniq, Klasse, Angelwax, Autobright etc. All these help out in turning the job around quicker and tbh do give a great finish and provide durable protection. Though ive recently purchased some new waxes over the last couple of months from Angelwax and Autobright and really want to get back into waxing cars again more this year 8-) yes it will take that bit longer, but not much in it tbh #WipeOnWipeOff :P
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Divine Detail » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:12 pm

It's a tough one and I agree with Dave would like to be applying more waxes this year. The gtechniq range has been great for me personally,90% of customers want this product and I have been running c1 and exo v2 on my own car for over a year and it still looks as good as the day it was applied and sheets water so well. These coatings definatly lack the fun in application of a wax and some of the warmth waxes produce.
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Shine My Ride » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:21 am

This can always generate some varying opinions, which are great to read.

I've never been a massive wax fan, from the ease of use point of view. In the words of the Fast Show, I have mostly been using sealants.

I have used various spray sealants such as CPS LiquidShield, AngelWaxTi22, GTechniqC2v3, Zaino Z8 etc. The gloss is undeniable, and combined with the ease of use, I find it difficult to justify changing to wax. For general work, I think the customers priority is a clean and shiny vehicle, rather than particularly what we use.

Having said that, I would like to try some waxes this year. Following a conversation with Dennis, I have some Carlack Excellence and Finish Kare Pink Wax to try. And Dave keeps dangling the Desirable carrot too.
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Smart Revolution » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:52 am

I always carry both and ask what the customer wants, I find the older generation still like the good old wax method, whereas the younger clients like the sealant for the finish you can acheive.
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Spic & Spanners Valeting » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:30 pm

At the mo, the only wax I have is AS WAX which is a great all rounder. 90% of the time I grab the sealants. I am on the lookout for two waxes to add to to my services as an add on type thing. One that is durable and one that is really blingy. Got a couple of samples coming my way soon so we will see.

Which is better???? Foooook knows... Both have their merits IMHO.
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby G3valeting » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:13 am

Sometimes a contencious issue this but one that never ceases to amaze me , i regard a wax as better in the looks department depending on the wax of course but wax does give that depth and with the myriad of glazes aio's paint cleansers a properly prepped car can look awesome with a good wax to top off ..
My old white st mondy looks the business with the carlack twins and either p21s or colly 915 as a topper with gloss and depth like nothing else ..
I guess what i am saying is go for a sealant base an top off with a wax for the best looks ... And on that bombshell ... ;-)
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Remyroc Detailing » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:33 pm

In the last 3 years or so, sealants have come so far in terms of looks, ease of use and length of protection that most of the time waxes don't get the look in that they deserve.

We are all in the 'time game' at the end of the day, and given the ease of use from the likes of C2V3 and Ti-22, you can complete 2 coats in under 30 minutes, it takes MUCH longer to apply 2 coats of a wax - and you can rarely see the difference.

I too prefer to add a layer of sealant then a wax over the top for added protection - Angelwax desirable looks stunning when used in this way :)
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Re: Wax or sealant ? Which is better?

Postby Your Car Detailed » Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:39 am

Interesting post this one in respect to the which is better theme i don't feel one is better than the other tbh as stated previously valeters/detailers are in a time game so in this respect a sealant like the ones mentioned for example win hands down over waxes . If time is not of the essence i prefer to use a wax but go the full hog with decon , clay, paint cleansers , glazes, and waxes with the depth of shine unrivalled by any sealant if i am honest . Waxes now tend to be used less because of a number of factors time to apply being one durability being another with some or most tbh of the detailers we speak to saying customers just want the car protected for as long as possible and with minimal effort on their behalf maintenance wise for that sealants are better.. For the minority that want looks waxes tend to be the way of things for me if i had to choose ????? I'd get splinters in my backside this fence is just too comfortable....
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