Differences in Carnauba Wax, Sealants, and Waterless Washes

Differences in Carnauba Wax, Sealants, and Waterless Washes

What are the differences in Carnauba wax, paint sealants, and waterless washes?  This answer can vary from person to person, company to company, and detailer to detailer.  To keep it unbiased let us just look at some facts and a few pictures to show how the aforementioned products are described by parent companies and some pictures to show some results.

Waterless Wash

Waterless washes are a good environmental friendly way to keep your car looking great without utilizing water.  In drought areas this provides a way to continue to clean your vehicle.  The properties of waterless wash make up a safe way to clean soiled exteriors of vehicles without scratching the paint.  As an example the company Wash Wax All, states on their website that you can spray their Wash Wax All cleaner and buff off.  The cleaner leaves an anti-static, non-stick ultra-violet (UV) coating on the surface applied.  Here are a few examples of the Wash Wax All cleaner results.

This was the results of cleaning the hood with Wash Wax All cleaner:

waterless wash

This is the water-repellent results on the roof with only the Wash Wax All cleaner applied zero other form of sealants or waxes applied:

waterless wash

The Product:

waterless wash

Where you can read about/buy Wash Wax All:



Paint Sealants are often a 100% synthetic or hybrid protectant produced for vehicle exterior.  This means these are laboratory produced chemicals enhanced to increase protection and the longevity of the sealant.  For this example Wolfgang Paint Sealant 3.0 was used.  Wolfgang Car Care Products states that if this sealant is applied prior to winter your vehicle will be protected throughout the season.  This is to imply that the sealant should last approximately 3-4 months.

Here is an example of sealant only application after a rain:

Paint Sealant

The Product:

Wolfgang Paint Sealant

Where you can read about/buy Wolfgang Paint Sealant 3.0:


Carnauba Wax

Carnauba Wax… what is it?  Carnauba wax is harvested from a Brazilian palm tree Copernicia Prunifera.  In its purest form it can withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit before melting and is insoluble in water. This makes carnauba perfect for coating your vehicle for protection.  Detailers often add carnauba wax as a last step to deepen the gloss of the paint add that extra layer of protection to the vehicle.

Here is an example of carnauba wax only application after a rain:

carnauba wax

The Product:


Where you can read about/buy P21s:





Can They All Work Together?

Can all the products work together?  Absolutely.  They work great together and produce great long-lasting results.

Here is an example of all three working together:

Heart Soul Auto

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