A vehicle’s paint takes a beating from the forces of nature and
the accidents that might happen. Most people don't realize how
oxidation happens - it is caused mostly from acid rain. Chemicals
in the air mix with rain water and they land on unsuspecting paint
jobs. If a car's outer finish is not protected, the oxygen
molecules in the air will eventually start interacting with the
paint. Over time, the finish becomes duller and duller. Restoration
efforts may include removing several layers of affected paint and
reapplying a new layer of protectant. This is why professional car
detailers recommend some form of protection to be applied to the
paint on a vehicle.
The secret of preventing oxidation caused by oxygen is to provide a
layer of protection between the exposed material and the air.
Destructive oxidation cannot occur if the oxygen cannot penetrate a
surface to reach the free radicals it craves. Paint protection
protects the paint from the daily wear and tear vehicles get from
being exposed to the outside world such as bird droppings, leaf
stains, acid rain, industrial fallout/smog, tree sap, ultraviolet
rays from the sun and car washes.
The very best wax will last about 45 to 60 days. The reason that
you have to apply a wax treatment with such frequency is simple —
wax melts off or wears off. The temperature on the hood, roof or a
trunk of a vehicle can easily reach 200° or more in hot summer
weather and as such, any wax will melt away.
Paint sealants offered by automotive and RV dealerships today
contain amino-functional silicone fluids which form a cross-linking
film over the surface of the paint that forms a durable barrier on
the paint that will, in fact, last longer than wax, sitting on the
surface of the paint. Store bought wax products also carry NO
WARRANTIES whatsoever — the dealerships’ treatments do. Some
dealerships offer treatments that will also provide an owner with a
surface rust corrosion warranty for stone chips and scratches-that
is some backing.
Consider these analogies:
Analogy #1: Why do we polish our shoes
or boots with shoe polish or treat them with a leather
Answer: To keep them looking new and to make them last longer.
Analogy #2: Why do we put sun-block on our skin?
Answer: To protect the ill-effects caused by UV rays.