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Carnauba vs. polymer wax - what is the difference?

Carnauba vs. polymer wax

Automotive waxes are a great way to preserve your paint's finish and enhance the its overall beauty. But, there exist distinct differences between the types of automotive waxes on the market today. Carnauba wax has long been a popular method of maintaining your vehicle's finish. Polymers waxes on the other hand are relatively new, and need to be taking into consideration when choosing the right product. 

Carnauba wax

Carnauba wax derives from the Copernicia prunifera plant. This plant is found in the northeastern section of the Brazilian states of PiauíCeará, and Rio Grande do Norte. Pure carnauba wax is extremely hard and therefore needs additional ingredients such as oils or solvents to arrive into a liquid form. 

Carnauba wax provides a deep rich look on the car's paint which is hard to imitate with synthetic waxes. Plus, it is extremely durable and can last on your car for several months depending on the blend. carnauba_wax.jpg

From an environmental perspective, Carnauba Wax would be the most appropriate choice since it is a renewable resource. Although, one must also consider where it is being sourced from and how quickly it is being replenished from its natural environment.

Cost is the final consideration when selection a carnauba vs. polymer wax. Carnauba waxes are on average more expensive because of how the ingredients are sourced. 

Eco Touch Quick Wax uses a unique blend of Carnauba and Polymers to create an amazing finish on your car's paint.  

Polymer wax

Polymer waxes are typically manmade ingredients which simulate the same properties as a natural wax. They do not offer the same luster as a carnauba wax. However, car enthusiasts find that they are easier to work with in terms of application and buffing. 

Polymer waxes are not as desirable from an environmental standpoint due to the fact that they derive from petroleum-based resources. However, advances in chemistry have opened up the doors to new "bio-based" polymers such as soy and starch.

To recap:

Carnauba wax benefits
• deep luster and shine on paint
proven technology
naturally-derived

Carnauba wax drawbacks
• can be harder to work with on the paint
• higher price points vs. synthetics 

Polymer wax benefits
• easier to buff in/out
• lower product cost

Polymer wax drawbacks
• gloss/shine not as deep as carnauba
• synthetic in origin (majority of the time)

When we formulated Eco Touch Quick Wax, we wanted to take the amazing gloss from traditional Carnauba Wax, but also the ease of use of a Polymer Wax. The final result is a product which produces a rich shine that is easy to apply and buff off! In fact, many of our detailers use Quick Wax as a final detail car wax for cleaning their customer's cars.

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