Wax or Polish

Q: As I was looking at different types of car cleaning supplies I noticed waxes and polishes. What is the difference between a wax and a polish?

A: A wax is generally used after the car is polished. A polish removes minor scratches and oxidation by using special chemicals and abrasives. A wax adds a thin layer of protection over the vehicle’s finish. Some cleaners combine a polish and wax into one product. However, a two step process using a polish first and then a wax generally produces a better overall finish.