What is the difference between a Carnauba Wax and a Synthetic Polymer Protectant?
For those of you who joined us for Facebook Live yesterday we apologize for the video and audio quality, unfortunately technology was not working in our favor. Our intention was to discuss the difference between Carnauba Waxes and Synthetic Polymer Protectants, or Polymer Waxes.
In general, Carnauba Waxes offer a deep, rich reflective shine while also providing a really good protective layer for your paint. Our premium Carnauba Wax is Gold Class™ Carnauba Plus, and it comes in liquid or paste. That being said, Synthetic Polymer Protectants tend to be a little easier to apply and remove, still offer a good shine, while also providing a longer lasting protective coat due to the use of man-made, fully synthetic ingredients in their formula. Synthetic Polymer Protectants also tend to cost a little bit more than Carnauba Waxes because of these benefits. Our premium Synthetic Polymer Protectant is Ultimate Wax that also comes in both liquid and paste versions. A good way to look at it is comparing conventional motor oil to synthetic motor oil, conventional motor oil is going to do a good job while synthetic motor oil is going to break down slower.
People often ask us which option is the best between Carnauba Waxes and Synthetic Polymers. This really depends on a lot of variables like personal preferences, color of your car, how frequently the car is maintained, if the car is kept indoors or outdoors, even how much you want to spend. The “best” protection really varies from person to person depending on the individual. Some use a Carnauba Wax because that’s what they’ve always used, or that’s what their dad or grandad has always used. Some feel that Carnauba Waxes will offer a warmer depth of shine on a darker color. All of these are valid reasons for someone to use a Carnauba Wax. However, from a chemistry perspective, and in terms of duration of protection, the use of a synthetic polymer is definitely the better choice. Of course this advanced chemistry is going to cost you more than a Carnauba Wax, so it’s really a personal decision when it comes to choosing the “best” wax for your specific wants and needs.