What is the Difference Between Car Wax and Car Polish and Why it Matters

car wax vs car polish - the difference & what it matters

The two most regularly asked questions I receive are; “What is the best car polish to use to protect my car” and “What is the best car wax to use to polish my car”.

Unfortunately, these two questions demonstrate the big misconception in the general marketplace as to what can be achieved by the sole use of car wax or sole use of a polish.

In this article, which forms one of my guides to Detailing and Proper Car Care series, I aim to dispel these car polish vs wax misconceptions and help explain why, unless you have an immaculately and regularly detailed car, you should not initially use one without the other and what benefits you will get from each.

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What is Nano Technology and how does it Work in Car Care Products?

Like many other industries the car care market is always looking for that next breakthrough product that will provide a “better shine”, “more effective scratch removal” or “the best beading you have ever seen”. The adoption of “Nano Technology” appears to be one of those bandwagons that many manufacturers are now jumping on-board.

But what is Nanotech as it is more commonly called, how does it work and what, if any, are the benefits to you?

The wikipedia definition of Nanotech is: “the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.” In other words developing materials whose basic structure is made of particles measuring between 1 and 100 billionth of a meter in at least one dimension.

To give you an idea of how small that is, it would take eight hundred one hundred nanometer particles side by side to match the width of a human hair!

How does it work?

How Nano Technology Works in Car Wax

How it works will depend on the type of product, i.e whether a car wax or a scratch remover. The general principle for car wax, sealants and polishes is

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