Silverwax paint sealant
There's a wide selection of car care products available on the market - soaps, waxes, soap/wax hybrids, leather cleaners, wheel polishers, tire shiners, cleaning wipes for vinyl surfaces, windshield protectors, etc. Finding the right product is a pretty tough task and can cause headaches, especially when you have to read all the tiny specifications and instructions on the back.
But don't you worry, we're here to help!
Developed by Laboratoire Hygienex, a Quebec-based company specialized in the research and development of high-tech cleaning products, the Silverwax paint sealant contains two cross-linked polymers providing long-lasting resistance and protection. According to the label, its silicone formula repels water and protects against UV rays, while its carnauba wax restores a brilliant sheen.
I've read in many places that it's supposed to limit spider-web scratches and swirl marks. While this is true to some extent, we're far from an actual compound that removes a thin layer of paint through abrasion. The result is good and the sealant is as easy to apply as wax.
The size of the cross-linked polymers goes against the very principle of nanoparticles used in rival products such as Nanoprotect and SansZo. After all, the idea is to fill the microscopic holes in the paint.
So I called the company and enquired about its choice of ingredients. A spokesman confirmed to me that the silicon formula repels water and that the carnauba wax enhances the depth effect. Meanwhile, the double polymer acts as a high-tech varnish that adds a super-strong protective coating to the car. Two applications a year are recommended, however.
I was also told how important it is to decontaminate the car first. That means cleaning with soap, rubbing with a clay bar to wipe surface build-ups, and using a special rust remover that gets rid of iron particles trapped in the holes. These particles may not seem obvious to the naked eye, but they must be dissolved before applying the paint sealant. A Silverwax rust cleaner is even available, by the way.
The incorporated wax and silicon will deteriorate over time and normal wear, and since the company recommends applying the product more than once a year, I view the Silverwax paint sealant more as a long-lasting synthetic wax. You can purchase a 473ml bottle for $39.19 from the online store.
Silverwax products are usually a bit more expensive than the competition. Here's a price comparison for paint sealants:
Silverwax paint sealant: $8.30/100ml
Merzerna Power Lock: $5.80/100ml
HD Poxy: $2.60/100ml
Blackfire WD Sealant: $6.80/100ml