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Old 10-18-2005, 07:00 AM   #1
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You have your winter hat and gloves, but do you have your winter coat?

As most people know it’s very important to protect your vehicle from the harsh elements of nature, especially with the upcoming winter months. Your paint is fighting an every day battle against fading, oxidation and rust with freezing conditions, snow, salt and sand. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to protect the painted surfaces, but what is the best protection available with so many different products out there? Traditionally, you were limited to just picking up any old wax that may have used Brazilian wax, bee’s wax, carnauba wax and other natural forms of wax. However, just as BMW’s have evolved overtime, so have your options for protection. Now there is a new wave of products called sealants. These products offer an increased protection from the elements and comparable levels of shine with easier application and removal.

Sealants are generally polymers or acrylics that are water based and engineered in labs to replicate what waxes do, but do it better! The primary advantage of a sealant is longer durability and increased protection. Sealants have been designed to be more resistant to natures’ elements such as rain, high temperatures, snow, acid rain, bug smear, pollution, contaminates, salt and more. The micro thin barrier it forms with your vehicle helps seal out these elements and prevent them from penetrating through to your clear coat - where damage starts. When contaminates are kept on the surface they can be readily removed with a simple wash. Without the proper protection these contaminates can become embedded in your clear coat, which can cause damage and create a dull appearance. Salt and moisture work in a similar way because they cause the most damage to painted surfaces that are not well protected. Sealants have a higher melting point than natural waxes, so they last much longer in the summer months as well.

Some of our favorite sealants are imported directly from Germany such as Klasse All-In-One, Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze and Menzerna Full Molecular Jacket. The Klasse All-In-One removes oxidation, which really brightens the paint, and protects it all in one step. This product is widely regarded as the best one step product available in the detailing industry. A great follow up product that will really increase the durability and gloss of the Klasse All-In-One is the Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze. Klasse states that the High Gloss Sealant Glaze should last about 6 – 12 months, which makes it one of the most durable forms of protection available. A personal favorite for sealants is the Menzerna Full Molecular Jacket. This sealant leaves a remarkable shine that looks great on any color paint. This sealant is one of the easiest to apply and remove. You typically use about 1 ounce or less to do an entire vehicle so it’s a great value as well.



Should you throw away your old wax now? No, natural waxes still offer valuable protection against elements and help protect the vehicle. Some natural waxes like carnauba waxes add tremendous gloss and depth to the paint’s surface. Carnauba waxes are commonly used on show cars, or by anyone who wants to make their vehicle look its absolute best. Unfortunately, of all the natural waxes, carnauba waxes generally offer the least amount of protection. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds. Apply a sealant first and give your vehicle the base coat of protection it needs to resist the elements. Then on top of the base coat apply a carnauba wax or other natural wax for an enhanced appearance.



To protect your wheels you should invest in Wheel Wax or Poorboy’s World Wheel Sealant. Both products protect your wheels from salt, moisture, road grime, brake dust and other contaminates from building up on your wheels. Apply and remove it to your wheels just like any wax or sealant. Let the micro thin barrier keep these contaminates on the surface for easy removal. Unlike a traditional wax these products are designed to resist high temperature brake dust from building up and possibly even etching into your wheel’s finish. After applying these products your regular maintenance should be very simple and easy.

For more information or to purchase detailing products please visit www.detailedimage.com

Greg Pautler & George Dushensky
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