Ceramic coating vs. wax

Ceramic coating and wax are two of the most popular ways to protect porous surfaces. Both products have their own unique characteristics and benefits. In this article we will review and compare ceramic coating and wax to help you make the right choice to protect your yacht, helicopter or car.
I. Definition and characteristics of ceramic coating:
Ceramic coating is a thin layer applied to the surface that forms a protective coating. It is highly resistant to scratches, UV rays, chemicals and other external influences. Ceramic coating provides shine and depth of colour to the car, and also facilitates surface maintenance due to its hydrophobic effect.

  • Benefits of ceramic coating include:
  • High durability and abrasion resistance
  • Protection against UV rays and oxidation
  • Easy cleaning and stain resistance
  • Improved surface appearance and lustre

However, it should be noted that ceramic coating also has limitations and disadvantages, including more difficult application and higher cost compared to wax.
II. Definition and characteristics of wax:
Car wax is a traditional product used to protect and shine the surface, it is often used on ships and other porous surfaces: lacquer, gelcoat and even wood. The wax creates a protective layer that prevents minor scratches and protects against external influences.
Benefits of the wax include:

  • Excellent depth of colour and shine
  • Relative affordability and ease of use
  • Protection against minor scratches and oxidation
Disadvantages of wax include:

  • Limited durability and duration of the protective layer
  • Less resistance to chemicals and UV rays
  • More frequent need for reapplication to maintain protection
  • More sensitive to high temperatures and aggressive external factors
III. Comparison of ceramic coating and wax:
  • Durability and resilience:
    Ceramic coating is usually superior to wax in terms of durability and resistance. It forms a stronger and more durable protective layer that can resist scratches, chemicals and oxidation for a longer period of time.
  • Level of protection:
    Ceramic coating provides a higher level of protection against external influences such as UV rays, oxidation, salts and chemicals. Wax also provides some protection, but its effectiveness can be limited and requires more frequent renewal.
  • Appearance:
    Ceramic coating gives the car a deeper and shinier appearance, enhancing the colour and tones of the bodywork. Wax also creates a shine, but its effect may not be as intense and long-lasting.
  • Ease of use:
    Wax is easier to apply and requires no special skills or equipment. Ceramic coatings, on the other hand, require more thorough surface preparation and professional application, which may require the assistance of a specialist or more care if used on your own.
Depending on your needs and preferences, both ceramic coating and wax can be good choices for surface protection. Ceramic coating offers longer lasting and more durable protection, while wax offers great appearance and ease of use. If high protection and durability are important to you, and you are willing to invest more time and resources in the application process, ceramic coating may be the preferred choice.

It is our belief that ceramic coating is a kind of "wax on steroids". It provides incredible durability and surface protection, outperforming conventional waxes. While it is possible to experiment on your own, especially if you have a small area to cover, it is advisable to call in the professionals for optimal results. If you require ceramic coating on a yacht, helicopter or aeroplane, we strongly advise you to contact our expert team at POLIRO. We will ensure that the work is carried out at the highest level and provide a guarantee for the longevity of the coating.
In the next article we will delve deeper into the world of coatings. On our YouTube channel, we will comparatively analyse graphene coatings and ceramic coatings and subject them to a series of fascinating experiments. We'll explore their strength, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and other unique properties. Join us to learn more about these innovative coatings and their potential in a variety of applications.
Alexander Pirogov, Founder
Recommended services
Working time - from 10 minutes
Restoration price - from 300 ₽
Working time - from 2 hours
Restoration price - from 6 000 ₽
Working time - from 2 hours
Restoration price - from 4,000 ₽