Wax vs Polishing

The  two most regularly asked questions I receive are; “What is the best car  polish to use to protect my car” and “What is the best car wax to use  to polish my car”.

These two questions demonstrate the big misconception in the general market place as to what can be achieved.

What's the difference between the two?


      A wax in its natural form comes in many guises from vegetable waxes  i.e carnauba to animal waxes i.e. bees wax.The most popular for use in  the automotive industry is carnauba wax. What makes this type of wax  ideal is:

1. Virtually insoluble in water, so won’t immediately  disappear after each wash or rain shower a melting point of 82-86 °C so  will withstand the high daylight summer temperatures without melting off  your car.

2. Carnauba is one of the hardest waxes to be found in  its natural form it produces a durable and very glossy finish when  combined with other waxes/ingredients that can be more easily applied to  paintwork.

3. Giving your paintwork its shine, your wax will  effectively be “smoothing” out the surface of the paint by “filling” in  many of the imperfections in the paintwork. It is recommended to wax  every 3 to 4 months.


      A polish is a product that uses 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. Such products come in varying degrees of abrasiveness from medium  to ultra fine.

      Modern polish will be made of what is known as diminishing abrasives  which break down into further smaller particles as they are worked on  the paint thus getting finer and finer the more they are “polished” into  the paint. (Showroom finish)

      Advanced compounds today are designed to cut through heavy paint  imperfections and defects permanently from scratch-resistant and ceramic  clear coat without filling in or covering up. After this multi-step  process to achieve the highest shine possible, a good sealant is  required to close the pores. With proper care and maintenance your  vehicle shine will last for years to come.

 Car Wash vs. Auto Detailing

Basically, a carwash removes dirt and grime from your vehicle exterior. 

A detail helps protect your vehicle and minimizes long-term wear and tear. 

Detailing  attributes: Increased vehicle re-sale value, retains new car look,  maximizes long-term protection, minimizes long-term wear and tear.

Details  can include washing, decontamination, waxing, polishing, and applying a  variety of coatings to the exterior. Some details include headlight  restoration, emblem de-badge , stickers and pinstripes removed; interior  shampooing of carpets, steam cleaning and deep cleaning of the engine  compartment.

Prices can vary from detail to detail. Things to  consider when paying for a detail include: Professional knowledge and  expertise on the subject at hand. Safety and products that are  specifically designed for a particular application. Low PH or  eco-friendly products have long-term protection that can save you money  in the end. Dashboards, leather or vinyl seats can crack over time from  heat and wear and tear. Regular detailing can prolong the life of a  vehicle's interior and exterior. 

Please, don't be afraid of the  cost of a detail. Most people see the cost of a detail and automatically  decide to wash the car themselves or take the vehicle to a drive-in car  wash. The main issue to remember and consider is that a detail is far  more extensive and not the same as a basic car wash. 

When you  visit a local car wash, basic services are offered: outside/inside  vacuum, and a machine-ran car wash. Some local car washes offer less  where you vacuum the inside yourself. Drying is by hand, machine  vacuums, or air blowers. A car detail is much more comprehensive. Each  inside window is cleaned. The vehicle interior is meticulously  cleaned--regardless of type... cracks and crevices are blown and  vacuumed. Cleaning with heat kills germs and bacteria and fights odors. 

Money well spent

Another  important thing to consider is the average time spent on a detail.   Customers will appreciate the amount of time spent on their vehicle. A  professional detailer's job is to do what the customer doesn't feel like  doing or have no time to do. Most don't know or understand the value  and time that goes into a detail. 

The average detail can take  several hours if done alone. Times can range from 4 to 6 hours, or even  10 or more. Some details take days depending on the level you choose.  Multiple efficient detailers can shorten time. Many auto detailers are  semi-mobile where they use the customers' water and supplies. At DMD, we  are fully insured and equipped to offer the best service possible. We  come ready to handle the most advanced details at your home or office.  We have it all...Water, electricity, knowledge, products and most of  all, honesty and integrity. 

Our goal at DMD is to keep up with  the latest professional products for the job. We purchase tools and  equipment to have on hand that enable us to work safely and efficiently  in all situations. The greatest feeling is when we finish a detail and  the customer says... "this is so nice and convenient."