What Is Car Paint Protection?

Ever wondered how some old cars can remain sleek and polished in their ‘showroom condition’ even after not going for their frequent car washes? Well that’s because these car owners protect their prized investments to ensure they are always in pristine conditions and there are many ways to do so. Frequent car washes and polish sessions, can speed up damage to your automobiles’ paint hence car owners would turn to other methods to protect their cars’ paint. The most popular and common methods are car waxes, paint sealants, glazes, polishes and paint coatings.

The above methods play an essential and critical role in car detailing, providing invisible barriers that prevent oxidation and contamination from getting your cars’ clearcoat. Especially in humid and hot countries like Singapore, the UV rays will speed up oxidation on your cars’ paint, making them lose their shine, along with other elements of acidic rain and dust sticking to the surfaces.

Now that you have a general idea on the methods for your cars’ exteriors to be in their best possible conditions, you must be wondering which type of method is most suitable for your automobile, so here’s a short crash course.

Car Wax

  • What Is It?

    This is one of the most common methods of protection in which the wax forms a protective layer over the paint. Car waxes are liquids or pastes made from a substance called “Carnauba” which comes from a tropical plant native to Brazil; this is why it is often referred to as Carnauba Wax. The wax provides a glossier and deeper shine as compared to paint sealants.

  • Shortfall

    However, there is a downside which is its inability to provide a very lasting and durable shine as compared to other methods. This is due to the mono-polymers in the wax being susceptible to heat and being more soluble in water.

  • Durability

    Most waxes provide 1-3 months of protection in a climate like Singapore.

Paint Sealants (Synthetic Car Wax)

  • What Is It?

    Paint sealants are also called Synthetic car wax. They are made from manmade polymers and synthetics unlike the more “natural” Carnauba car wax.

  • Shortfall

    However, unlike its counterpart, it does not give the deep and rich shine instead it gives the more plastic and glass look. The second disadvantage is that some wax products contain paraffin and have abrasive particles. At the same time, the oily-wax attracts dust particles causing us to mix these dust particles into our clear coats causing micro-scratches to the paintwork.

  • Durability

    Paint sealants are made to mimic the properties of Carnauba car wax giving the shine and this time being more durable and lasting compared to Carnauba car wax, being able to maintain its shine for 4-6 months.

Glazing

  • What Is It?

    A glaze is a shine enhancing method to fill in any remaining imperfections or flaws in a car’s paint surface. Glazes are usually used by some car detailing shops to prefect freshly painted surfaces before the vehicle is handed over to the customers. By filling in these imperfections, light is being more evenly symmetrically reflected, giving the car its shine.

  • Shortfall

    However, a glaze does not have protective qualities like a wax. Also, rain will remove most glazes easily.

  • Durability

    In fact, the glaze has the lowest lifespan of shine out of the above methods of car detailing which lasts for 1-2 weeks.

Car Polish

  • What Is It?

    Polishes are liquids that contain very fine abrasives that are designed to cut and refine the clearcoat of a car during a car’s polishing process. In essence, by using the polish one will be shaving or smoothing the paint down at a microscopic level. Unlike glazes which fill up the microscopic gaps, car polishes use an abrasive action to remove very fine layers of the top coat protection to flatten out the surface to ensure and equal reflection of the light and thus a highly polished look.

  • Shortfall

    However, when used too often, polish can eventually scrape off the clear-coat of the paint, causing the car needing to be repainted.

  • Durability

    Once or twice a year would be the safer rule of thumb as polishing your car too often can damage the paint coat of the car.

Car Polish

  • What Is It?

    Paint coatings are relatively new to the automobile industry. It offers the longest and most durable shine of all the car detailing methods. Like wax and paint sealants, it serves as a protective layer to the car. However, its viscosity is much thinner and it is designed to be more efficient in protecting a car’s paintwork thus being more lasting and durable than any other types of paint protection products on the market.

  • Shortfall

    This method is slightly more costly than other car paint protection methods.

  • Durability

    No re-application is required.

Spray Application of Ceramic Pro on BMW

Conclusion

Paint coatings are one of the newer paint protection systems in Singapore and they provide an array of benefits that are not usually present in other car paint protection products and systems. Though slightly more expensive than other methods, the cost savings can be seen in the long run because the paint coating is normally more permanent and no reapplication is required. Even so, not every paint coating product is created evenly, this is where KubeBond comes into the picture.

Approved Applicator of KubeBond

5D Solutions Pte Ltd

Here at 5D Solutions Pte Ltd we take pride in providing the highest quality product for our customers. We are proud to say that we provide the world’s leading product of ceramic nanotechnology coatings: KubeBond. KubeBond was founded in 2010 by NanoShine which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ceramic nanotechnology coatings and 5D Solutions is a certified applicator of KubeBond Diamond 9H.

At 5D Solutions, we are so confident of our KubeBond performance, we offer a 10 year warranty for our customers. At the same time, SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company has tested and certified KubeBond.

To conclude, at 5D Solutions we believe that protecting your investment is the best decision you can make after getting a car. Let us help you take care of your car with protection coating!

Want to find out more about KubeBond car paint protection and how it works? Make an appointment with us for a live demonstration today!