Opti-Coat Ceramic Coating vs Wax - The Difference

It's a common misconception that waxing and polishing your vehicle regularly provides the same level of protection for your vehicle as a ceramic coating. Any kind of maintenance is always better than none, but in the case of paint protection new technology wins every time.

Chemical Resistance

The number one reason for applying any product to your paint is for protection from chemical etching. Waxes and sealants, while producing a hydrophobic surface similar to that produced by a ceramic coating, provide very little chemical resistance. This can be demonstrated in the way that a wax can quickly be stripped from the painted surface with anything more than a "pH neutral" shampoo. The question must be asked if a slightly alkaline or acidic car wash will remove my protection, what is it actually protecting?

Opti-Coat on the other hand cannot be stripped with even the strongest chemical cleaners, as demonstrated in independent testing by CSIRO. In fact, Opti-Coat thrives in these conditions with stronger chemicals being more efficient at removing surface contamination from the coating.


Polishing and waxing requires reapplication on a monthly basis, or at best for more durable nano-sealants every 3-6 months. During this period performance will drop off sharply not long after application, and eventually degrading completely until next reapplied. As performance degrades, so does any possible protection the product is providing. If not attended to frequently, this cycle leaves your paint unprotected for periods of time and susceptible to serious damage.

Opti-Coat is a single application with a constant level of protection that doesn't degrade over time with exposure to chemicals or UV. This is not only convenient for the owner saving many hours of time over the life of the vehicle, it also provides peace of mind that your second most valuable asset is well protected from the environment.

Scratch Resistance

Polishing and waxing involves the use of an abrasive polish (often referred to as "cut and polish") followed by a wax or sealant based protectant. Waxed based products provide no resistance to scratching and the repeated use of abrasives on the surface has serious long term negative effects on your clear coat. Thinning out the factory coating through constant use of abrasive polishes and results in premature paint failure.

Opti-Coat while far from "scratch proof" will add an element of scratch resistance to the surface resulting in a reduction of damage from normal wear and tear during every day use of the vehicle. It reduces the need for constant abrasive polishing, therefore preserving your clear coat from long term damage. Not only that, the ceramic coating also adds additional resin to the surface. This results in most damage being contained within the Opti-Coat itself and once again preserving the factory clear coat.

For more information on our Opti-Coat Pro+ Ceramic Coating contact your local dealer