Ceramic Coatings Or Wax Sealants?

Whether you’ve practiced boat detailing for years or are just getting started, getting the most bang for your buck is likely one of the first factors you consider when browsing products. Still, with so many options available on the market, it can be difficult to narrow down the best choices amongst the crowd. 

Ceramic coatings and wax sealants fall into this category, as you will soon find a diverse range of methods to help protect your boat’s surface. So, which of the two are best for your needs and — most importantly — provide the most value for their price? Keep reading to find out. 

What is a Wax Sealant? 

These items almost always contain natural wax as an ingredient and, as the name suggests, act as a sealant for surfaces. Some users enjoy it for its “natural” appearance since it sits on top of paint, rather than bonding to it. 

The Pros 

  • Aesthetic: High-quality waxes can make even the plainest paint job look gorgeous thanks to its rich, deep appearance that masks imperfections and enhances colors. 
  • Application: These are also fairly easy to get the hang of, as application only requires minimal equipment and can be completed fairly quickly. 

The Cons 

  • Durability: Unfortunately, wax is not known for being particularly durable, as high temperatures and harsh detergents can cause it to evaporate.  

What are Ceramic Coatings?

A product of advanced coating chemistry, ceramic coatings are made using a combination of elements and microscale nanoparticles. As one of the more innovative detailing options out there, these products are always evolving to fill different needs — though they remain a powerful solution for simple paint protection. 

The Pros 

  • Durability: Ceramic coatings offer some of the most long-lasting protection on the market. If you want a clear, hard barrier that’ll defend your surfaces from any type of damage, this is the way to go.  
  • Aesthetics: Fortunately for us, ceramic coatings don’t sacrifice beauty for power. You can still expect to receive a dazzling gloss finish that improves the appearance of your paint — and keeps it that way. 

The Cons 

  • Application: You’ll need to put in work to take advantage of all these benefits, as the application process for ceramic coating requires some skill. Some products might have specific techniques to follow, timing requirements, and more. Still, it’s more than worth the effort. 

Interested in learning more about ceramic coatings? Check out my step-by-step tutorial!

The Consensus 

Though users will have no trouble making the most out of either option, ceramic coatings hold an edge over wax sealants thanks to their unrivaled durability. 

Despite coming in at a higher upfront cost, the benefits provided by ceramic coatings can’t be overlooked. You’ll enjoy easier upkeep, impressive longevity, and stronger protection against light marring and scratches compared to traditional wax sealants. Ultimately, it is the best option for detailers searching for lasting results. 

Still, keep in mind that no coating is entirely scratch proof. Continue following best cleaning practices to avoid salt/sun damage and to continue getting the most value from your detailing products. 

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