The best polish and wax
Restoring your car’s showroom shine can be hard work, so you want the results to last. These products will help
What’s the difference between polish and wax? And do I need to apply both? It’s a lot of work… The distinctions have become blurred, but you first polish the car to treat the surface, then wax it to seal in the finish. Polishes have tiny abrasives that smooth the lacquer, letting the colour shine through. A wax protects this, adding depth and allowing dirty water to bead off paint. However, many products claim to be both a wax and a polish.
Can I protect my glass and wheels with the same product I use to wax the bodywork? For the best results, it’s worth having a specialist product for each surface. A rain repellent will help protect your glass, and there are some polishes to remove fine scratches, but you should never use a car wax on windows. Rims will benefit from a sealant, although dedicated wheel waxes are designed to cope with the heat of brakes.
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