A factory finish on a new car is a beautiful thing to see. The mirror like shine is captivating and unique.
In a effort to preserve this look automotive detailers have turned to wax. Common Wax. The same wax used in makeup and food wrappings like used on cheese. With the older softer paints this was fine. The old paints were soft and made to be buffed and polished to a shine.
Acrylic paint is quite difference. The shine is on the outside and the paint is very hard by comparison. The baked on shine cannot be duplicated with any after market process, many cars have a clear coat put on the paint for that reason.
The best way to keep a shine on acrylic paint is to preserve the factory finish
The harder acrylic paints scratch very easily and the shine is irreplaceable. Once scratched up your options are few.
Today Wax is no longer the only option nor has it ever been the best option for acrylic paint.
In fact wax is loosing its position as "king of the hill".
The newer scratch shield paints do not recommend use of conventional wax and car care methods such as claying a car.
When polish was the alternative, wax ruled because polish by nature is designed to alter the surface where wax is designed to cover it.
The minor scratches left by polish and the application and removal of wax made openings for oxygen, moisture, polish , wax, salt and various other elements that come in contact with the paint and be absorbed. The result was dull swirl marked paint.
There is no denying it. All you have to do is compare a new car's finish to one that has been waxed. its obvious the scratches and swirl marks are impossible to avoid using such a friction based system.
For this reason polish is only used when the surface of the paint has been oxidized and dulled by multiple applications of wax, creating permanent swirl marks and discoloration. Natural oxidation will happen no matter what you do you cannot prevent a vehicle you drive on the road from being exposed to the elements.
Wax and polish gradually degrades the show room finish on paint leaving it dull and oxidized.
The best example of this is a black car.
Wax has never been a friend to black and black offers the most visual evidence why you should not put wax on a new paint job.
Is there something newer and better than wax? Of course there is. Wax is primitive discovery.
Today there are new high tech treatments designed to preserve acrylic paint, prevent oxidation, and leave a brilliant shine, most sit on top of the paint to act as protective covering or shield.
One uniquely is designed to be absorbed into the pores of the paint, blocking the entrance of water, and other oxidizing elements. In addition it allows the paints factory show room shine to display all the brilliance of the individual pigments in the paints color.
This once a month treatment is designed to do all the things wax could not do but should.
It is an acrylic paint conditioner,
Claying a car can be compared to applying a skin peel
Acrylic Paint Conditioner works like a sun screen for your paint.
APC is designed to protect the paint by resisting damage from exposure to the elements and replacing electrons which are naturally lost from the paint. It is the loss of these electrons that cause paint to crack, chip, discolor and oxidize. an acrylic paint conditioner replaces these electrons with its own, which protect and maintain your vehicles showroom shine.
A treatment that works on black paint will work on any color