DITEC Conceptual Approach
Is Waxing good for your car?
“Car wax” is a chemical compound or formula that is used to make a car appear shiny and to protect the paint. However, waxes do not provide any effective protection for the paint. This is because:
1. The painted surface is never cleaned properly before wax is applied.
2. Waxes are not intended to last long periods of time. Waxes vary widely in their longevity due to a large number of variables. A car that is washed daily with automobile soap and water can lose all the wax protection in less than two weeks. The generally accepted industry standard of longevity is 2 months under normal condition.
3. All petroleum products such as Nafta, Gas, Gasoline or degreasers, dishwashing detergent and/or stronger-than-car-shampoos cleaning agents dissolve the wax immediately.
Using wax will only encapsulate the dirt and other contaminants on the paint. Almost all waxes contain oil and grease and while they provide a water repelling surface, they attract dust and dirt instead of repelling these contaminants. Using wax will therefore accelerate the deterioration process and offers only more damage and short lasting gloss.
The above graph shows the deterioration effect on a new vehicle after 2 years.
Waxes are actually paint sealants. However, we choose to place them in a separate category due to their short longevity.
Other paint protection sealants are either Teflon or silicon based.
This synthetic product is sometimes sold as a paint protective sealant or cleaner sealant. Some automobile manufacturers who market these products advertise Teflon products as an extremely long lasting product, with a protection span for your vehicle’s finish for anywhere from one to five years (sometimes longer). Unfortunately, this claim is dubious.
“If nothing sticks to Teflon, how does Teflon sticks to the pan?”
The answer is: “IT DOESN’T”. The bonding between Teflon and the pan is mechanical. The surface of the pan is etched and the Teflon is applied at temperatures over 640° F. Teflon simply dries in the etched pan and mechanically adheres to it.
In order to protect any surface with Teflon, it has to be applied at a very high temperature (over 640 F). Applying a spray-on version of Teflon or mixing the Teflon with water does not effectively bond the Teflon to the surface it is being applied to. The chemical formulation necessary to make a good bond cannot be completed at low temperatures.
Even if it was possible to bond Teflon to the vehicle paint, Teflon would give a dull, flat appearance on the vehicle’s surface, since it is a dull product. So if a large enough quantity is used to “protect” the paint, the paint will, in fact appear dull, this makes the entire procedure all but useless.
Even the manufacturer of Teflon does not recommend using it as a car wax additive. DuPont Chemicals (The producer of Teflon®) has stated: “The addition of a Teflon® Fluor polymer resin does nothing to enhance the properties of a car wax. We have no data that indicates the use of Teflon® is beneficial in car waxes.”
TEFLON: An Environmental and Health Issue
Perfluorooctanoic Acid, PFOA, is one of the key components in manufacturing of Teflon. This synthetic chemical has found its way to everyonce blod and creates serious environmental and health issues for all life on our planet.
All new man-made chemicals must undergo rigorous testing to be marketed in Europe and DuPont's Teflon is about to be included in the long list of chemicals that may not be marketed in Europe. Canada is the first country to enforce a total limitation of usage and marketing of Teflon.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has at last initiated a review of the potential health risks and exposure routes of PFOA and its most commonly used salts, including ammonium perfluorooctanoate (commonly referred to as C8), which is used in Teflon production.
So, even IF Teflon could protect (which it doesn't) a vehicle's paint and make it shiny, how many years of your life are you willing to exchange for a shiny car in addition to the monitary currency?
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Silicon Based Sealants
Silicone based products are easy to apply, have a significant depth of shine and are more durable and longer lasting than waxes.
Silicone polishes have some advantages but they also demonstrate serious problems, particularly when a vehicle requires painting.
Molecules from silicone polish will undergo a process called “drifting” or “drift” causing the silicone to embed into the painted surfaces and penetrate into the pores of the paint. This silicone penetration into the paint causes severe problems during repainting or touch up process.
Whenever the paint is washed by water, it will literally cause the silicone to embed further (drift) into the paint. The silicone will continue to drift down through the pores in the paint and then into the vehicle’s metal. Over time the silicone will continue to embed into the paint on a vehicle, thereby exposing the surface to the elements just like conventional car waxes, composed of Carnauba wax, when they melt (due to summer heat) or during a regular car wash.
Once silicones have permeated the paint, the primer and the metal, paint will not properly bond to the metal. Because there is no mechanism to prevent drifting, the silicone will eventually drift all the way to the base metal, thereby effectively ruining the vehicle’s exterior. Therefore many car manufacturers void the paint warranty if silicon based products have been applied to a vehicle.