Getting a top rate shine on your collector car takes a lot of time and effort. There&rsquo;s got to be a better way to get a show-quality luster that last for months. Detailing sprays and protectant sealers are gaining in popularity as easy ways to lengthen the time between regular waxes while keeping that glossy finish.
Cleaning Products Have Evolved
Fifty years ago it may have been true that silicone could damage your paint but today’s car cleaning products have evolved. Everything from car paint to detailing sprays contain some form of water based silicone to help it perform better on a car’s surface. Even carnauba wax would be harder to apply and wouldn’t give us that high gloss shine without silicone.
You Be the Judge
Before using a detailing spray, evaluate the car’s surface. If your car has a light coating of dust that you can clean with a California duster then feel free to spray away. But if the dirt and contaminants have bonded with your clear coat (i.e., you left it sitting dirty for too long) then using the spray may rub dirt further into the surface leaving scratches or swirl marks. You be the judge on how dirty the car is and if a detailing spray is safe to use.
Quick Touch Ups Are a Breeze
Like most collector cars, your garage queen is probably protected under a cover. This helps to keep larger dirt particles off your car but it won’t filter out the dust and pollen that can coat the surface. A detailing spray is not meant to replace a good waxing only to extend it. It is intended for touch ups when your car has light dust, finger prints or contaminants on the finish. Detailing sprays lubricate the car’s surface while coating the dirt and dust to allow it to be wiped off safely – ideal for a quick touch up before hitting the road or for removing finger prints while at a show. (So stop glaring at the young man who just laid his hand on your hood! You have a detailing spray now.)
Protect Your Paint Longer
If you are wanting to defend your paint from the elements for longer than just wax, look for a quality polymer sealant. They can protect your car’s paint for up to six months. A regular waxing with just carnauba wax only lasts three to eight weeks.
Clean Ups Made Easier
Protective sealants are used to help shield against harsh conditions. They form a protective barrier that keeps dirt and debris from embedding in your clear coat. Clean ups are easier and it will bring out more depth and gloss to your paint.
Use a Little, Get a Lot
After giving your car a good wash, apply the sealant to small areas, working from the top of the car to the bottom. FYI, a little goes a long way. Apply with a sponge, remove the excess with a microfiber cloth and buff to a high shine. Sealants need time to “cure” once applied so consult product directions. A good rule of thumb is to wait at least an hour before taking your car out.
Live On the Edge – Use a Sealant Plus Carnauba Wax
Many enthusiasts still prefer carnauba wax in order to get that show ready shine. It really boils down to what type of shine you prefer and how often you can detail your car. Sealants give a hard, high gloss while carnauba adds a warm glow to your car’s paint. If you want the extended protection of a sealant but the richness of carnauba wax, then try both. After your protectant has cured, follow up with an application of carnauba wax. You’ll get the best of both worlds – lasting protection and a dazzling shine.
Brilliant Shine & Protection
Whether it is a quick touch up with a product like SONAX Brilliant Shine Detailing Spray or the long lasting protection of a sealant like SONAX Polymer Net Shield, choosing the right product for your car care needs is important. Classic Auto Insurance is proud to partner with SONAX to bring their fine products to the attention of our classic car community. Learn more about the SONAX quality line of car care products at www.sonaxusa.com.
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