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Old Nov 9th, 2018, 14:48   #1
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Does anyone use a sealant for their car? i.e. one of these

https://procarreviews.com/best-car-sealant/

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Does anyone use a sealant for their car? i.e. one of these

https://procarreviews.com/best-car-sealant/

type of things?
I had to google to work out exactly what's going on with the terminology.

Being a bit old school I was wondering if these products are close to wax - so I found this explanation =>

https://www.lenosgarage.com/blogs/ne...e-a-difference

I get the impression from the title of your thread - well I get two impressions to be fair - one is => "is this spam?"! - the other is that (and correct me if I'm wrong) you're thinking of sealant as being supermarket shopping trolley proof stuff.

If you are looking for something like that - as in intensive anti-scratch - then consider a wrap. 3M make (some seriously expensive) clear gloss or matt or semi-gloss wraps that offer stone chip and anti-scratch properties.

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Back to waxes - I use wax instead of sealant. I've not used sealant before because it seems to be a new thing. The waxes I use are usually the ones on special offer that have that all important surfboard ingredient carnauba!
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Oh if you want tips about using wax - I could go on and on but there's loads of youtube videos out there that show how to wash a car properly and then apply wax properly.

There's an American chap called Chris (I think) on youtube who has a very thorough anal approach to car detailing that for some reason seems soothing...
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I wasn't really thinking it would be much more than a bit more permanent than wax (which I currently use). Whilst there are claims of these sealant thingys magically repairing your paintwork (etc) I imagine these are marketing nonsense!

They can be used on chrome too, which I avoid waxing.

I am interested in claims that water doesn't stick to the windscreen (really pity anyone that had to rely on my windscreen wipers - really poor). I use Rain-X (mainly the little bottle, rather than the spray) which is OK. I tried a theoretically better offering which I got from Frosts, but didn't find it any better.
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I wasn't really thinking it would be much more than a bit more permanent than wax (which I currently use). Whilst there are claims of these sealant thingys magically repairing your paintwork (etc) I imagine these are marketing nonsense!

They can be used on chrome too, which I avoid waxing.

I am interested in claims that water doesn't stick to the windscreen (really pity anyone that had to rely on my windscreen wipers - really poor). I use Rain-X (mainly the little bottle, rather than the spray) which is OK. I tried a theoretically better offering which I got from Frosts, but didn't find it any better.
I don't get the impression in the general sense that "sealant" is going to last much longer. Most modern "Nano Technology" products I've tried have failed to out last the effects of decent wax - I'm kind of in grumpy old man mode and guess the other modern sealant isn't going to be much different. (Despite the terminology)

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Yeah well - I've had similar experiences.

Perversely the best tip I got from youtube was to clean the glass really well and then wax the glass with decent wax. This lasts at least three times longer than Rain-X in my experience.

I also wax chrome - I see no reason why not - it also beads water really pleasurably when it rains
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Gonna try waxing glass and chrome!
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Here's a link to one of those videos I was talking about

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJkfrY2owb0

Hope it helps
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I am certain from personal experience over a few years that Rain X degrades the life of windshield wipers.
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From my experience these "raincoats" are fine during the day but tend to "splatter"approaching lights at night, a bit like having cataracts. But what do I know! If it works for you, fine.
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