What is the difference between a glaze, a polish and a wax?

There are two schools of thought (or methodology) when it comes to Paint Correction. One process, is to protect the clear coat and minimize the removal of any clear coat, while the other seeks to do a “true” paint correction and removal of imperfections in the layer of the clear coat. This would be the biggest difference between our LVR 403/404 and our LVR 367 ICE. LVR 403 Foam Pad Polishing Glaze and 404 Helios Polishing Glaze use acrylics to fill in and blend any paint imperfections. LVR 367 Ice Polish uses micro-abrasives and silica fluids to physically remove the paint imperfections, whereas LVR 496 Finale Soft Paint Finishing Polish uses micro-abrasives and mineral oils to paint correct.

A polish is designed to remove minor surface imperfections such as scratches, spotting and oxidation. Polishes work with abrasives and/or chemical cleaners to flatten or level, the surface. For example, a clear coat scratch can reflect light from its microscopic edges. That’s what makes it stand out from the surrounding area. A polish can smooth out, or level, the edges, reducing the amount of light the scratch reflects. In many cases, a polish can completely remove minor surface scratches and other imperfections.

A glaze on the other hand, is a gloss enhancing product that is applied after polishing to fill in any remaining imperfections that polishing may not be able to tackle. This additional step, while not always necessary, will add even more depth when wax is applied over it. By filling in micro-imperfections, light is more evenly and symmetrically reflected, giving the car a clean, crisp, deep, and lustrous shine that a simple polish and wax just can’t match. By glazing after polishing you’re only adding more of a shine to your vehicle’s finish.

A wax or sealant is designed to enhance and protect a previously polished and/or glazed surface. This protection is necessary to keep airborne pollutants, road film and other contaminants from sticking to the surface, causing potentially long term damage. Some single-step products combine the cut of a polish with the shine and protection of a wax. They work great when speed is important, but are not as effective as a two-step or three-step polish/glaze/wax process.

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