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#1 RANCH4x4


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Posted 13 January 2004 - 10:49 PM

What's the advantages to each of these and which do you prefer?


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Posted 13 January 2004 - 11:25 PM

With synthetic - ultimate protection and durability *should* be better than a carnauba-based wax. However, there will be more "shine", but less "depth when compared to carnauba waxes.

I park my car outside all day, every day - so I prefer the added durability that *should* come with a synthetic or polymer sealant. However, I have not used any products that fit into this category yet - I have some on the way that I can't wait to try out, though!


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Posted 14 January 2004 - 07:29 AM

Between Klasse, Blackfire, Platinum, Ex, you have everything you need.....



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Posted 14 January 2004 - 08:18 AM

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~One man’s opinion / observations~

Carnauba wax:
Even with all of the synthetic products available, Carnauba wax is without equal when it comes to providing optical light refraction and (colour) reflectivity (clarity) and depth, as well as UV and infrared radiation protection. It also evaporates over time (dependant upon ambient temperatures), which limits its durability. As a general rule-of-thumb: 50% after 30 days, 75% is gone after 60 days and after 90 days it should be reapplied.

Synthetic Wax:
A non-organic based wax formulated from polymer resins used to seal paint with a thin hard barrier. They are very durable and provide a very bright, but flat silvery shine. This type of product is a compromise as it does provide durability but lacks the properties of a Carnauba wax lacking both colour and depth, and because of a polymer’s inherent molecular structure it cannot mimic the optical properties of a Carnauba wax.

My compromise between the two- is to apply a very thin layer of Carnauba wax as a final coat to the synthetic wax and let it cross-link (bond) for 2-3 hours, then without removing the base layer, increase the density of the wax by adding more wax, allow to dry to a haze and remove. After buffing with a soft 100% cotton cloth it will produce a deep ‘wet-look’ finish.

~Hope this helps~

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