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Wax Or Polish?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by fastblatt, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. fastblatt
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Hi. Lets imagine I know nothing about detailing a car. I have read a lot of posts on here but cant suss out what the difference is between wax and polish. I have a bottle of Auto Glym Super Resin Polish which I have used on my previous car but what is best, a wax or a polish?
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    super resin polish from what i understand is a super fine T-cut but i could be wrong as whats best i'd say wax
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Each to there other mate some like wax some like polish its just what you prefer as someone said a while back there is no right a wrong stuff to use its just what you find best everyone is different so what i like to use you may not

    Try some wax see how it goes if not for you try polish
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Don't forget there is a range of sealants too

    AG SRP & T-cut are both filler heavy. They are both what I would describe as a short term appearance enhancer, bit like the Colour Magic range. Neither really gets rid of the prob ie marring and swirls it's just masks them

    There is so many Detailing products out there and so many differing opinions on different products the best advice I can give any one is have a look here -

    http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/index.php
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Polish = brings out the shine of you paint but has no protection to the elements.

    Wax = protects the shine you have built up with the polish.

    You can also add a sealant to the above (between the polish and wax stage) to "lock in" the shine and protect it from the elements further (UV light, hard water, bug splatter etc).

    If you are not really in to detailing and just want to keep you car looking good with some protection to the paint then I'd suggest waxing rather than polishing.

    Ditch the Autoglym resin polish.......it's ****. Try Collinite 476s wax. Goes a long way and excellent shine!
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    "Ditch the Autoglym resin polish.......it's ****"
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    Damn. it's a big bottle...........
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Sell it to a mate for £5 and put that toward some Collinite! You will thank me for it.....:)
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Suppose at the end of the day, it's how deep your pockets are for Detailing gear ;)
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    Oh yes I'm not going to go too mad but if there is a product that will keep the car cleaner for longer then it has to be worth a go (must get rid of that sponge).... I'll Try the wax recommended.
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    [Aug 16, 2014]
    SPONGE!!!!! Nice soft wash mit mate two bucket wash method
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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    Hehe. Knew that would get you going…
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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    Here you, one of these -

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    Wookies fist ;)
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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    there are many great products out on the market these days, some have fillers some dont, polish then wax though not the other way around as wax is to protect the freshly polished surface
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    [Aug 19, 2014]
    As pulp84 said above, they are 2 different products for 2 different purposes.

    Pre-wash
    Wash
    Clay
    Polish
    - which has very fine abrasive to polish out micro-scratches and swirls from the top clear coat (lacquer) to make it scratch/swirl free, and shiny
    Wax - A protective layer that goes on after polishing, to protect the paintwork

    Autoglym SRP is an "All in One" polish/protectant (very fine abrasives, so won't polish out any larger scratches) and contains resin "fillers" (that fill in the shallower scratches) - combined with some wax.

    Car dealers love SRP because it contains the fillers - one application and all the scratches are filled/hidden from view - but after 2 washes, they will appear again ! Lol
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    [Aug 19, 2014]
    SRP has it's place and is perfectly fine as a hand applied filler "polish". It has no cut so it's really a polish.

    Wax is last stage designed to keep contaminates from your paint. The final stage. Same as a sealant just different properties.

    Polish = remove defects.
    Wax/Sealant = seal against environment.
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    [Aug 21, 2014]
    It's not entirely accurate to say AG SRP has no cut, it's an AIO Finishing Polish, so has a very fine cut of 0.5 to 1.

    http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=100889
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    [Aug 21, 2014]
    Don't forget the 'new and improved' of version of AG SRP is out now too ;)

    Not one of my fave products TBH. There are a lot of much better products out there but, like most things in life (& especially Detailing :laugh:) each to there own ... :thumbs up:
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    [Aug 22, 2014]
    Sounds about right. Take your wedge. Hide any snags. Say goodbye.
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    [Aug 25, 2014]
    All these people that say AG SRP is rubbish clearly haven't been shown how to use AG products correctly.

    As for what each one does :

    Polish as abrasive
    Wax is a protector and sealer

    Most products out there of not all contain fillers. SRP is one... PB black holes another very common one.

    Do not expect to get perfect paint just using a polish and a wax if it's swirled and hazed. For this you need a paint enhancement/correction.

    Polish doesn't make the car shine as such it removes very slight scratches and I'm talking stupidly small scratches.

    Wax brings out the deep shine of paint aswell as sealing it from contamination.

    People have the big misconception that polish is all they need to protect a car.

    Most just do not know how to use each product to gain best results either.

    Personally AG is all I use and I run a detailing business. After attending there course to learn the correct methods on there products I can achieve a better result than most people that spend £100s on polish and waxes.

    Before and after one layer of polish and one layer of wax both AG image.jpg
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    [Aug 25, 2014]
    This might help out for newer members looking for the same info.

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