Wax, Sealants, Teflon Coatings & Ceramic Coatings
Wax, Sealants, Teflon Coatings & Ceramic Coatings
The difference between these products and what they are.
Waxes, sealants, and coatings are extremely different and we will be explaining what they are and the variance between them.
The best way to understand the notable difference is by thinking of an evolution chain as it exists in many forms of our current technological advancements.
For automobiles, Ferdinand Verbiest built the first moving vehicle in 1672 with a steam-powered engine.
In 1886, Karl Benz (which is known by Mercedes Benz currently) built the first modern gas-powered engine that could transport people.
Later on in 1898, Ferdinand Porsche (founder of Porsche) invented the world’s the first hybrid electric car.
To say the least, technological advancements with car care products discussed in this article move in a much similar fashion but have a shorter time scale in comparison to the automobile.
Earlier forms in the 1800’s on this product were made from animal fats to preserve lacquer based paints in Germany.
The best form of this product was invented and developed by George Simons (founder of Simoniz) in 1910 also known today as Carnauba Wax.
Carnauba Wax comes from the Copernicia prunifera tree found mostly in the river beds of Brazil.
The wax is extracted from the leaves of this plant and kept soluble with the use of petroleum-based chemicals.
When the solution (carnauba wax) is applied to your vehicle, it turns to a hazy appearance as the petroleum distillate evaporates.
The haze is an excess that needs to be removed by wiping off with a cloth and it leaves behind a micron-thin layer of wax.
This micron thin layer was known to be the hardest coating invented in the early to mid-1900’s and is still used today as a “do it yourself” product.
Undoubtedly, carnauba wax has reigned supreme for decades as it has created the most brilliant unequaled warm glow and shine when correctly applied.
The Drawback With Carnauba Wax
The drawback of this product is its longevity and all-weather durability in harsh and challenging environments.
On an average, carnauba wax lasts 3 months and much less in coastal areas where sulfuric corrosion is present or other environments of high heat.
The reason for its short lifespan is simply because it is an organic product at best. Anything organic will never last long as opposed to products that are synthetically made.
A Funny Analogy
As a more humorous analogy, think of natural breasts versus synthetic breasts.
A natural breast will droop and wrinkle as it ages while a synthetic breast will remain perky and supple in appearance (you get the picture, right?).
Synthetically made products will always last longer like oil, plastic, miscellaneous lubricants, glass, etc.
Regardless, some car enthusiasts remain loyal to carnauba wax simply because they just love working on their vehicles and have time for such an arduous task.
Carnauba wax can be easily removed with chemicals or dishwashing soap and can be reapplied in multiple layers.
In 1944, Ben Hirsch (founder of Turtle Wax) invents “Plastone” which becomes the first bottled auto wax polish.
Since that time, Plastone was taken by its competitors and in 1969, DuPont releases the first products of polymer paint sealants to the market (otherwise known as synthetic wax).
Many variants were released since then and the different combinations of chemicals in those products ranged from having polymers, Teflon, and/or resins which put them in a classification known as “Synthetic Wax”.
Some were easy to apply and others proved to be more labor-intensive than carnauba wax. Some of these products would be considered a hybrid of sorts as it still contained wax together with a mix of the chemicals mentioned earlier.
All-Weather Durability and Cost
Either way, if you chose paint sealant or a hybrid product instead of wax, the longevity and durability were very apparent.
This became a sensation for those that were easy to apply because of its all-weather durability and cost. You could spend the same amount for a product that would last a lot longer for almost the same price as regular carnauba wax which had to be applied more frequently.
The optic gloss was very similar to carnauba wax with this new polymer sealant and could only be differentiated with a light meter as the naked eye couldn’t catch it.
A Very Cost-effective Approach
This cost-effective approach was the first to spark a competitive release of products that would evolve and revolutionize the auto detailing industry.
Pure wax products still provided a nice warm glow but most people during that time didn’t care about appearance but more on protection. Sealants offered more time and convenience for other endeavors while carnauba wax products proved to be more maintenance laden.
Paint Sealant applies to your vehicle in the same fashion mentioned earlier like carnauba wax. It uses the same type of petroleum-based chemicals to keep it soluble and wipes off just like wax.
Paint Sealants Are Easier To Apply
It’s easier to apply and lasts a lot longer but because it’s not as thick as more pure wax products, surface preparation might be needed to ensure the best appearance. Some people will apply wax over paint sealant on their finishes and this is fine.
Most paint sealants require a curing time before other products are applied or the product itself is layered. Never apply paint sealant after or over wax on your painted surfaces as these products have different erosion points.
Correctly applied paint sealant will last up to a year in most places and 4 to 6 months in harsher environments such as coastal areas where sulfuric corrosion is present or areas of high-temperature climates. Paint sealants do provide a better sense of protection for your investment as most people cherish their vehicles but lack the time to maintain it.
Teflon otherwise known as PTFE was accidentally invented by Roy Plunkett in 1938.
Working for DuPont at that time, he was trying to invent a better refrigerant and had unknowingly stumbled upon what would become a multi-billion dollar product through many uses of Teflon. Those uses primarily involved insulation for plumbing and electrical but most of all, nonstick cookware.
It wasn’t until the later part of the 1980’s that Auto Dealerships started offering Teflon fortified paint coatings.
That would be guaranteed to last for 5 years. This was a very controversial claim due to the fact that Teflon had to be heated up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit in order for it to stick to bare metal.
Teflon and Paint Coating Works Great!
It was a highly debated subject among a lot of professionals who were familiar with this product but nonetheless.
Paint coating products fortified with Teflon worked a lot better than those without it.
The biggest and by far the most impressive test done with this product. Was driving it through an automated car wash system after it was applied.
Vehicles with plain carnauba wax products applied would withstand up to 3 visits through an automated car wash system where paint sealant applied vehicles would hold up to double that amount.
Teflon coated vehicles would withstand a staggering minimum of 10 visits through automated car wash systems. When properly installed and this deemed the product worthy of professional application. Auto dealerships worldwide began offering this type of coating for extra revenue. It held the product exclusively for almost a decade.
The study of manufacturing Nano-ceramic particles was started by NASA somewhere around the 1970’s.
In the attempt to invent friction and corrosion resistance for metal and various materials. That would travel in and out of our atmosphere and space.
Many scientists worldwide aided this study and some even found data through radical experiments on reengineering seashells. Because of its rigidity and some self-healing properties when the heat was applied.
The triangular molecules that made those pearly substances had very interesting findings like energy/impact resistance, flexibility, hydrophobicity and light conductivity.
Ceramic Coating What Is It?
For automotive paint applied ceramic products, lots of questions arise like, “What’s in it?”.
To answer that inquiry; silicon carbide, tungsten carbide, chrome oxide, titanium dioxide, alumina-titania oxide…
(are you bored yet?)….alumina oxide, zirconium oxide, magnesium zirconium oxide and others.
If you want boredom, confusion and a lot of vague answers you can research it yourself. The information available will loop you in circles.
If you were to also try and pinpoint when exactly this kind of technology was started. The only answers you’ll receive is frustration as there are so many patents on the related subject. With so many names and different processes.
Not to mention. All the irritating and related material to try and coerce you into buying what supposedly is the best.
Understanding Ceramic Paint Coatings
The best way to understand a ceramic paint coating for your vehicle. Is by picturing a clear and durable resin that coats your vehicle. I’m not trying to dumb it down as there was a lot of science involved in creating this marvelous product. But for an easier understanding and reference, that’s probably the best analogy.
You can literally read up on this subject until your eyes cross and your interest fades. But take this reading material to heart as we have already done that for you.
In the year 2000, PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) Industries created a clear coat called “CeramiClear” which was the first ever to be made by nanoparticle technology.
This clear coat was a revolutionary invention as it was more tolerant to detergents, ultraviolet rays, minor scratches, and abrasions.
Inexpensive and Glossy Appearance
This product became world-renowned as it was inexpensive and very glossy in appearance. Much later in 2007, Opti coat invents clear paint sealants.
These products dramatically changed the retail industry. To move forward and expand on convenience and durability without the arduous labor of application. A lot of products from competitors followed shortly after, some were better and some were horribly crafted.
As far as the invention for ceramic coating paint finishes on vehicles. The first products of it’s kind were released somewhere in 2012 to 2014.
For some odd reason. The origin of this product is hidden and almost every top-selling company for these products has their own claim to fame.
So to speak.
A Matter Of Personal Opinion
I’d just like to say it boils down to opinion for example; some people like fords and others like Chevys or Toyotas.
Some are easy to apply while some need professional assistance. These products are still relatively new on the market and only time can be the best measure for its durability.
Currently today, there are more than 20 different kinds of ceramic coating products that can be purchased on the market. Some remain to be Automobile Dealership Exclusive and some require an extensive contract to buy in bulk.
Hawaii Auto Detail And Ceramic Coating
We all realize that sales come in seasons and here at Hawaii Auto Detail. Here at Hawaii Auto Detail we purchase from the top brands at the best deal to continue the savings to you, “Our Valued Customers”.
We have installed several top brands at our shop. The ceramic coatings we have used came by popular demand. From our customer base which will always remain that voice of our reasoning.
To summarize all of this information
Ceramic Coatings are the best paint protection to ever be introduced to the market. Through the marvelous innovations and discoveries of science. It is also by far the wisest and most inexpensive approach to paint protection for the duration of time purchased upon installation.
We will provide some commonly asked questions & answers on another thread and I hope that we have aided your interest in these products. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our material.