“Waxing” and “glazing” are terms you normally hear from a professional detailer.
But are they the same thing? If not, what’s the difference between the two?
WHAT DOES WAX DO?
It is designed to protect vehicle paintwork from dirt and UV rays that can damage and oxidise the finish.
Wax can be natural or synthetic.
The former usually has stuff like carnauba wax and beeswax inside.
The latter, on the other hand, is made from man-made ingredients.
Both can work just as well. It’s really up to the owner.
WHAT WAX CANNOT DO
Car wax protects paint finishes.
It is not formulated to correct imperfections, such as scratches.
So, if your car’s paint is clean but has scratches or swirls, applying wax will not hide these marks.
They will still be visible.
THIS IS WHERE GLAZES COME IN
Glazes are formulated to help you perfect your finish.
It does this by filling in those scratches on your clear coat.
When you buff off the excess, the your car’s paintwork will look wet and shiny.
However, glazes cannot protect your paint.
They require waxing on the application of a sealant.
ARE THERE 2-IN-1 PRODUCTS WITH BOTH INGREDIENTS?
Yes. Many car grooming brands today can combine two functions into one bottle.
But should you use such a product?
Well, if you’re short on time (and who isn’t, these days) but still want to pamper your car, sure.
If you can perform two tasks in one step, why not?
OKAY, BUT WOULD TRADITIONAL DETAILING ENTHUSIASTS DO THE SAME?
Probably not. More “hard-core” detailing fans would opt for two separate products.
This is because there is still some benefit to using two different products that are each designed for a specific purpose.