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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:37 pm    Post subject:  Glaze, sealant, wax? Reply with quote

I've been reading up on the 3 of these on the Detailed Image site and i understand the what the gaze is for but I'm still a little foggy on the sealant. It sounds like it just another layer of wax to me. is it really beneficial.

i guess what i am mainly wanting to ask is what do you guys do for best results. glaze and wax at the same time, sealant and wax,all three then wax rest of year or what. I'm gonna get the car repainted next year cause the wife did a number on it the last 2yrs but the paint still looks good. I am just trying to figure out what the best steps are for great up keep. any info would be much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:32 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Paint sealants are liquids that contain manmade polymers, resins, and synthetics to mimic the properties of carnauba-based car waxes, but with greater longevity of protection. Aka, Sealants are more or less synthetic Wax's that last longer, but IMO they usually never shine out as well as true carnauba-based waxes will.

Waxes should be self explanatory, depending on what you subject your car to, they can last a few weeks or a few months, and will shine as good as most glazes as long as you have a good quality wax.

A glaze is an oil-rich liquid designed to temporarily fill and hide fine scratches and swirls in a vehicle’s paint surface. Low quality auto detailing shops will use a glaze after compounding to hide the uneven surface they created after heavily compounding a car. A glaze has the shortest longevity of protection, lasting a week or two at most. A simple rain shower will remove most glazes.

With all of that said, you said your paint is in good shape still, what exactly was done to think it needs repainted? You might be able to get by with nothing more than a heavy polish / wetsand and save yourself the high cost of repainting the car ( I'm talking professional jobs, which will run you thousands of dollars)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:01 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Paint sealants are liquids that contain manmade polymers, resins, and synthetics to mimic the properties of carnauba-based car waxes, but with greater longevity of protection. Aka, Sealants are more or less synthetic Wax's that last longer, but IMO they usually never shine out as well as true carnauba-based waxes will.

Waxes should be self explanatory, depending on what you subject your car to, they can last a few weeks or a few months, and will shine as good as most glazes as long as you have a good quality wax.


Wax and sealant aren't the same thing and its a common misconception to lump them together as such. Sealants are paint protectants. Waxes are finishing coats designed to fill in minor scratches, provide minor protection and give your car a glossy, wet look.

You're best served thinking of sealant as your protective layer and wax as something that will make your paint really pop and shine. They can be used together, sealant applied with the excess removed by hand, then a top coat of wax. Most waxes that do the best job of making your paint pop are usually washed off in several weeks, sealant will be effective for 3-6 months.

Anybody who uses sealant like wax will be disappointed with its lack of shine, and anybody who only uses wax to protect their paint is usually not giving their paint enough protection. Waxes do help protect your paint, but they're best when used on top of a sealant and you re-wax frequently.

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A glaze is an oil-rich liquid designed to temporarily fill and hide fine scratches and swirls in a vehicle’s paint surface. Low quality auto detailing shops will use a glaze after compounding to hide the uneven surface they created after heavily compounding a car. A glaze has the shortest longevity of protection, lasting a week or two at most. A simple rain shower will remove most glazes.


Glaze isn't used just as a cheap fix by crappy shops. Good shops will use it to attempt to level and minimize the appearance of deeper scratches in the clearcoat that could only be fully removed with full paint correction / wet sanding.

Glaze isn't protectant, and shouldn't be used as one. Glaze always requires the use of a sealant to maximize the effectiveness of its long term results, because you're right, by itself a glaze will be gone in 1-2 weeks and is easily washed off. A glaze coat is a good step to use prior to sealing the car because it helps improve the appearance of the paint and you don't want to be constantly aggressively polishing / compounding your paint because you will ultimately wear the clear coat too thin. Realistically, you only want to polish your car every 6-12 months with a finishing polish at the most, and wet sanding is a step that you should only have to take once in a car's lifetime.


Just think of it this way:
Polish - levels out the surface of the clear coat, removing minor scratches and swirls and minimizing deeper scratches in the clearcoat.
Glaze - helps to minimize the appearance of deeper scratches, makes the appearance factor of your polishing step more effective but requires sealant. to protect it.
Sealant - long term protection for your paint
Wax - Finishing coat that gives your car the glossy wet look and moderate additional protection.

A good detailing schedule will have you polishing your car every 6-12 months with a light, finishing polish, glaze and sealant every 4-6 months and waxing every 2-6 weeks depending on the time of year and how often you're washing the car. Carnauba waxes generally give better appearance results, but don't last as long as a synthetic.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thanks guys. lots of help. the detailed image site explained what each one did but didnt lay it out as well as you guys just did. thanks for your time and all the info.
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