In my opinion, sealants are one of the best things that’s ever happened to the car care industry. Sealants give you the biggest “bang for your buck” when it comes to protecting your paint. If you’ve never applied a sealant before, you’ve cheated yourself out of a lot of time and energy. Typical waxes protect your car for 3-6 weeks. Whereas, most sealants last between 3-12 months. How is that possible? It’s simple, science. Traditional waxes such as carnauba or montan come from natural resources and work well, but naturally have limitations. Sealants are synthetic (man made), meaning scientists are in labs everyday creating new formulas that surpass nature’s limitations.
Sealants work by actually bonding with the painted surface. They don’t just sit on top of the paint, they actually cure with it over a period of 24-48 hours. Typically, sealants are created for protection and protection only. Unless other properties are added, they don’t offer any visual benefits. However, many manufacturers are now adding visual effect properties to sealants to make kind of an “all in one” product (ArmorSeal365 has added polish and gloss, giving it an all in one effect).
Recommended applications will vary by manufacturer and environmental conditions. However, a good rule of thumb would be to reapply 3/4 of the time the manufacturer recommends. The manufacturer bases their product life on “best case scenarios” (garage kept in a mild environment). If the manufacturer says the product will last 12 months, apply another coat at 9 months to be safe.
Dual action/orbital buffer (w/ soft foam polishing pad) or hand applicator – Do not use a rotary buffer
Sealant (We recommend ArmorSeal365)
Microfiber Towels (We recommend Professional Grade Microfiber Towels)
Applied basically the same as a wax, only a thinner layer.
2. Work one panel area at a time.
3. Place approx. 2-3 pea sized drops of your desired product on the pad or applicator.
4. With no pressure, spread a thin layer of the product across the entire working area (when using a buffer, the buffer should be off).
5a. If applying by hand, make small circular motions using light pressure over the entire working area.
5b. If applying by machine, you should use a soft polishing pad. Turn the buffer on it’s lowest speed to spread the product using an overlapping “S” motion. Increase the speed to the desired level and start at one corner and using the same overlapping “S” motion, continue to the opposite corner. When you reach the opposite corner, change your direction and proceed with your overlapping “S” motion (If you first went side to side with your “S” motion, now go up and down with the “S” motion).
6. Allow to haze (approx. 5 minutes) and wipe the working area off using a Professional Grade Microfiber Towel.
7. Repeat steps 3-6 until your desired results are met.
It is best to spread the product as thin as possible. “Less is more” definitely applies when it comes to sealants.
Apply in a cool, shaded area.