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What is an Automotive Glaze – Should I use it?

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Have you ever heard of an Automotive Glaze? If you haven’t, it’s OK. To be honest with you, prior to my research for this Article, I had no idea of what an Automotive Glaze was either!

If you’re not a “Hand-Washing” your Vehicle type of person, that’s OK too. Chances are, you found this article because you want to learn about Automotive Glazes, and most likely are contemplating detailing your own Vehicle.

If you have heard of Automotive Glazes before, or have already used them, this article will most likely be a refresher for you, on Automotive Glazes. If you’ve never heard of Automotive Glazes, or maybe you’ve heard of them, but don’t quite know what they are, this article will be an eye-opener for you.

If you’re like most people, you may find yourself asking the questions, “What is an Automotive Glaze? Should I use it?”. Well, you’re in luck, because we are going to answer theses very questions, and more, in detail today.

So, What Exactly is an Automotive Glaze?

What exactly is an Automotive Glaze? That is a very good question. An Automotive Glaze is a substance that gets applied to the Exterior Painted Surfaces, of your Vehicle.

Glazes typically contain Leveling Agents, Fillers, and Micro-Refined Oils, and help fill in light scratches, and swirls, on your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces. Glazes temporarily help even out the Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces, by filling in Light Scratches & Swirls. I say “temporary”, because Glazes are not permanent, and will eventually wear off. Applying a Glaze, to your Vehicle, after Decontamination, and Polishing, but before Waxing, will create a Wet Mirror-Like Finish, with great depth.

Is a Glaze, the Same Thing as a Polish?

Is an Automotive Glaze, the same thing as an Automotive Polish? The answer is “No”, and that may be obvious to most, but I would definitely understand, if you thought they might be the same. Polishes, and Glazes, both appear to bring out the High Gloss, on your Vehicle’s Exteriror Paint. Although they both do this, in different ways.

When you are polishing your Vehicle with Automotive Polishes, you are effectively smoothing (I.E. shaving) down your Vehicle’s Exterior Paint, at a microscopic level. This occurs because Automotive Polishes are abrasive.

When you are applying Glazes, to your Vehicle, you are effectively filling in small clear coat lines, and imperfections, which are left behind, from the Polishing Process. Note that these imperfections are usually not visible, by the human eye.

By Glazing your Vehicle, you are effectively sealing in all of the work, which the Polishes have done, to your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces.

Is a Glaze, the Same Thing as a Wax?

Is an Automotive Glaze, the same thing as an Automotive Wax? The answer is “No”. However, Glazes and Waxes are very similar, in terms of how they are applied to your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces.

An Automotive Glaze is applied to your Vehicle, to fill in small clear coat lines, and imperfections, which will give the Wax an even surface to protect, while an Automotive Wax is applied, to your Vehicle, to protect your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surface. The Wax is the final step, to sealing in all of the work, which was done by Hand-Washing, Decontaminating (clay bar), Polishing, Glazing & Waxing.

Is a Glaze, the Same Thing as a Ceramic Coating?

Is an Automotive Glaze, the same thing as a Ceramic Coating. The answer is absolutely “No”. In fact, Automotive Glazes, and Ceramic Coatings can’t be used together. Automotive Glazes, and Ceramic Coatings, can’t be used together, because a Glaze is composed of micro-refined oils, which will not allow the Ceramic Coating to harden, or cure.

If your using a Ceramic Coating, you will need to skip the Automotive Glaze, and Automotive Wax. Likewise, if your using an Automotive Glaze, and Automituve Wax, you will need to skip the Ceramic Coating.

An Automotive Glaze is used to fill in small clear coat lines, and imperfections, which are left behind, from the Polishing Process. A Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer, which is applied to your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces, and chemically bonds to the Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces. The Ceramic Coating is used to create a protective Layer, on your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces

How Exactly Do I Apply a Glaze?

How do you apply an Automotive Glaze to your Vehicle? It’s fairly simple, once you get the Prep Work Done. Here are the steps, to apply your Automotive Glaze:

  1. Hand-Wash Your Entire Vehicle (Using the 2-Bucket Method)
  2. Clay Bar Your Entire Vehicle (To Remove Surface Contaminants)

  3. Apply the Automotive Glaze (By hand, using an Application Pad, or Dual Action Polisher)

  4. Let the Automotive Glaze Dry (Usually 15-20 Minutes, but may vary)

  5. Buff off the Dried Automotive Glaze, to a brilliant deep shine (Using Soft Microfiber Towels)
  6. Sit Back, and Enjoy Your Showroom Shine!

Should I Use an Automotive Glaze?

Yes! You absolutely should be using an Automotive Glaze. Especially, if you don’t have the resources, or time, to perform a full paint correction, to remove all of your Paint’s imperfections. Glazes are ideal, if you plan on Waxing your Vehicle, since they help level out the Paint’s surface, and help provide a more level surface, for the Wax to protect.

It’s important to know that Automotive Glazes are not permanent solutions. Eventually, through multiple Hand Washings, the Automotive Glaze will eventually wear off, just like the Wax Coatings. If you are looking for a longer lasting solution, you should consider skipping the Automotive Glaze, and Wax, and go with a Ceramic Coating instead.

Like we just mentioned, if you plan on using an Automotive Ceramic Coating, you will need to skip the Automotive Glaze, since Glazes, and Ceramic Coatings, are not compatible with each other.

Hopefully, this Article has given you some insight, into the world of Automotive Glazes. Please stay tuned, to learn about more topics, tips, tricks, product reviews, etc. I will be reviewing some Automotive Glazes soon, so stay tuned!

As always, If your have a particular question, or comment, please feel free to ask it below.

Have a Great Day,

Jeffrey


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