Auto detailers as in any industry have terminology they use which quite frankly can be confusing. In this Blog Category "Detailer's Terminology", I plan to clarify some of the terms we use when we describe a service offering.
When detailers refer to a wax, it is generally a natural carnauba based wax. The barrier created by carnauba wax is rock hard and protects your car's paint against harmful UV rays and other surface contaminants. Waxes are ideal if you want to achieve the best finish for your car's paint and have the time and/or resources to apply several times a year. You probably park your car in the garage, use a car cover at work and never go through automatic car washes.
Paint sealants on the other hand focus on lasting protection, yet still provide a high gloss finish, you'll have to apply only once or twice a year. Perfect for cars that take a beating from daily driving, being parked outside, and occasionally take a trip through a drive through car wash. Sealants are synthetic, polymer-based, go on easily and look great.
Your choice on whether to apply a wax or a sealant is based on your driving habits and the time you have to work on your car. However, both shine up nicely and provide a solid protective barrier.