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Considering the vast number of options, having to choose the right car paint protection products can be a pain in the neck. So which is the best then?

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The Car Paint Solution

Cars are expensive. To protect our investment, we make sure our car is in good running order by regularly taking it to the workshop for tune-ups, oil changes and repairs. We also spend a lot of money and time to ensure that our cars are in 'showroom condition'. We wash and wax it - really wanting it to shine, to sparkle and to be noticed. Unfortunately, in taking care of both the paint and the shine, we often cause damage and deteriorate the sparkle.

The Elements and Car Wax

The quality of the shine will, naturally, affect the overall presentation of the car. Obviously, it is the paint that is most exposed to harsh environmental elements. The damages to paint from rain that is acidic, dust particles that stick to the car surface, and UV rays which speed up oxidation are real. These elements can ruin paint and shine quickly if one doesn't protect the paint. Most car owners' solution to maintaining the shine turns out to cause even more damage.

The non-solution: Wax

Considering that we all know the damage of acid rain, dust and sun, many will wax their car once every couple of months. A good wash or polish does make the car shine, but it can also speed up the damage to the paint.

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Conventional waxing, as the name suggests, heavily utilises paraffin to give the shine. However, the mono-polymer substance is susceptible to heat and is dissolvable in water, hence, greatly reducing its durability, especially in our tropics.

Paraffin used in car wax not only contains abrasive particles, but also the oily-wax attracts dust particles. The wax on your car surface allows the dust to sit in and stay on the car. And when we wash our cars, we swirl the small, gritty, sharp dust particles into our clear coat causing micro-scratches to the paintwork.

Many car polish companies apply the polish/wax with high-speed buffers leaving swirl marks. These slight cuts into the clear coat now become micro-ridges that the dust and acidic rain can settle onto the surface with the help of the oily- wax to hold them.

Then, when we polish again, we are rubbing the wax with microscopic dust particles back onto the paint. As a result, this causes more swirls, lines and cuts. After several waxes, your paint work will be damaged. Because of this damage, your car can only look good and shine if you have a thick coat of wax on the paint. As the wax wears off, your car will lose its shine and the paint will start to rapidly oxidise.

The Alternative: Glass coating

Using other alternatives such as glass coating can prove to be better than waxing. Glass coating paint protection is gaining popularity, as it is more efficient in protecting a car's paintwork and lasts much longer than wax.

Just a small drop of the resin-based Glassglow and your car's shine is guaranteed

The protection composite used in this type of product contains silica, a chemical compound that is known for its tough physical qualities. Found naturally in sand and quartz, the substance forms a thin, transparent layer on paint surfaces, which immunises the paint from oxidisation and provides protection from the environment's harsh elements.

However, the problem with these alternatives is that it is difficult to decide which product is the best because the glass coatings offered by various companies are not the same.
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