Monday, August 15, 2022
What is the difference between Instant Ceramic Coating and Express Wax?

Following the addition of Instant Ceramic Coating to our Professional range, we thought it would be a good idea to tell Pro users how it stacks up against another stalwart of the trade range – the much loved and often praised, Express Wax.

Both fall into the spray-and-wipe category, both are quick and easy to use, give amazing gloss and will impress your customers. Both can be used as a standalone protective product, or used to top up existing wax or ceramic LSP. but which is the right one for you and your clients?

Instant Ceramic Coating 
Instant Ceramic Coating is a quick and easy way to add protection to vehicle paintwork. It is a spray and wipe product that can be used on wet or dry paintwork. Instant Ceramic Coating provides a deep gloss finish and up to 3 months of protection, ideal for customers you visit on or up to a quarterly basis. The coating provides outstanding detergent resistance due to the synthetic polymer technology used; these polymers also increases the depth of colour observed on paintwork following use – so you can show your customer the difference the coating makes in a simple 50/50 demonstration. The synthetic coating is highly hydrophobic, and vehicle drying times greatly reduced. Instant Ceramic Coating has a tropical scent, and while that may not offer any performance benefits, it is always nicer to work with products that smell nice, especially if you are using them all day.

Express Wax
Express Wax is a quick and easy way to add protection to a whole vehicle. It can be applied to any hard exterior surface, including paintwork, glass, plastic and rubber. Express Wax should be applied to wet surfaces only, ideally after the vehicle has been washed and rinsed. Spray on, spread with a microfibre, and then buff to a gloss with a second microfibre. It is not suitable for use on dry surfaces. Express Wax is a carnauba wax emulsion and provides around 4 weeks of protection. It smells of bananas.

So both are a quick and easy to use, spray on and buff off products can be used as a standalone products, or used to top up existing protection – but there are key differences. Express Wax is very versatile as it can be used on any wet, hard exterior surface. Instant Ceramic Spray Coating is for paintwork only, but it can be used wet or dry. Instant Ceramic Coating wins when it comes to durability, with an impressive 3 month protection window achievable on well prepared paint, but Express Wax is a little easier to use.

The key differences are in the table below

Which one you choose is up to you, both are very good – you and your customers will not be disappointed by either.  We hope this post has helped you choose, or you can offer both – let your customer choose between wax and ceramic.

Instant Ceramic Coating and Express Wax are available from your local Autoglym Franchisee or

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