Every single year car owners spend over 3 billion dollars on paint protection products and auto paint care and to this day and guess what – Sales are not slowing down.
While most paint protections work better when combined with others, for example, ceramic coatings and paint protection films, there are some combinations that you should never ever try.
So, to answer your question, yes you can apply wax on your ceramic coated vehicle but should you? – Hello no.
In today’s article we will break down all the reasons why applying wax on top of a ceramic coating, is a truly terrible idea.
First Of All, What Is Car Wax?
Automotive car wax is a natural or synthetic paint protection product that is created to provide a thin layer on top of the clear coat of your vehicle. Most car waxes on the market consists of carnauba wax mixed with natural oils, beeswax, and petroleum distillates.
The latest automotive car waxes are infused with synthetic resins and polymers which harden the applied wax and provide an amazing shine. Their application process is easier and their cost is low, but the lifespan and protection are not so great.
Can We Compare Wax With A Ceramic Coating?
To be honest, we wouldn’t suggest wax as a paint protection solution to anyone serious, simply because it’s really old. Even today’s synthetic waxes simply can’t provide enough protection and durability as a nano coating does. 2020’s professional-grade ceramic coatings produce amazing hydrophobic and protective effects against all sorts of dangers, while their lifespan exceeds 10 years.
In short, comparing ceramic coatings with wax is like comparing stakes with tomatoes.
See, a high-quality wax provides a 6-month lifespan before it wears off. On the other hand, DIY 9h ceramic coating last from 2 to 5 years, while professional-grade 9H nanoceramic coatings can last for a decade and more. The key to prolonging the life of your nano coating is by doing the proper maintenance, which is basically keeping it clean and free of contaminants.
While wax back in the day did some good job on protecting a vehicle’s exterior surfaces from natural elements, car owners started to look for a better paint protection solution and after many years, nanotechnology left its mark.
It is extremely important to understand that wax is not a coating that bonds with the surface of your vehicle, instead it “sits” on top of them, while ceramic coatings penetrate the microscopic pores of your vehicle’s clear coat and form a transparent protective layer.
Why Ceramic Coatings Are Better Than Wax
Like we said before, nanoceramic coatings work by penetrating the tiny pores of your vehicle’s exterior surfaces and form a semi-permanent bond. Theoretically, every item that is on your car is porous, like the clear coat, the glass surfaces, etc.
When the liquid nano coating is applied, it fills the pores, and when cures it provides a transparent layer that produces amazing protective and hydrophobic effects.
Another epic perk about professional-grade nanoceramic coatings is that you can apply multiple layers on top of each other. This is a great opportunity for car owners who seek the maximum strength, durability, and lifespan of a paint protection product.
Can You Protect A Ceramic Coating?
We have talked a lot about the hardness of a paint coating and how it is defined, but for the sake of this article, let us remind it to you once more. If you want to grade a coated surface on how resistant it is to scratches with a sharp object, you’ll have to use the Pencil Scale Test. The scale range from 0 to 9 with 0 being the softest and 9 being the hardest.
While 9H grade is still titan-like strong, it’s not bulletproof. They can do many things like protecting your surfaces from UV rays, acid rain, brake dust, and minor scratches, but there are also some that they can’t do. In the end, without the proper maintenance, your ceramic coating will wear off.
To keep it short, there are two key ways of maintaining the functionality of your nanoceramic coating:
Wash Your Vehicle Regularly: One of the most crucial things you must do is washing your car once every two weeks. When dirt and other contaminants stick to your coated surfaces, the oxidation process starts to kick in. I know you’re probably like ok, sure, whatever, but let me tell you this – Oxidation can and will destroy your nano coating.
Apply a SiO2 Boost Spray: Another great way to protect and increase the lifespan of your coating are SiO2 Boost Sprays. These types of sprays can increase the hydrophobic effect, thus preventing liquids, dirt, and contaminants from oxidizing your freshly coated surfaces. Its formula is infused with SiO2, TiO2, and polymers while it bonds on top of your coating, thus providing an extra layer of protection.
How To Tell If Your Ceramic Coating Starts To Wear Off
Eventually, someday all things end. Even a professional-grade 9h ceramic coating will wear off after some time. Sure, 10+ years is a long time – You may even buy a new car before your pro coating starts to wear off.
As the coating begins to wear off, you’ll notice some of the signs below:
- Loss of hydrophobic properties: The first sign that will announce the “game over” of your nano coating is the loss of the hydrophobic effect.
- Loss of shine: The luster of your surfaces will start reducing. You’ll notice that your surfaces are not that glossy anymore.
- Increased collection of contaminants: If dirt or other contaminants stick on your surfaces more than they used to, it’s a bad sign.