Teflon Car Wax

The Great Pretender

Teflon car wax is one of the biggest misunderstandings in the car care industry. There has been no evidence to substantiate the claims of products using this ingredient. Teflon, DuPont’s trade name for PFTE, gained notoriety as a non-stick surface from its use on frying pans. So someone got the brilliant idea that creating a Teflon wax for cars would keep bugs and dirt from sticking to the paint. The fact that nothing sticks to Teflon is one of the biggest reasons why it is not effective in waxes. It will not stick to paint either! In order for Teflon to stick to the cars paint, you would have to rough up the surface to create many microscopic scratches in the surface. Then the Teflon would have to be forced into those scratches with pressure and a temperature of greater than 572 degrees F. That’s how the finish is applied to frying pans. Do you really want to do that to your paint? And would that achieve your desired result? In actual fact, calling most of these products Teflon car wax is a misnomer. There is only a small percentage of this ingredient added to the wax. Not enough to have any real impact on the effectiveness of the product. But clever marketing continues to keep it in demand. Another popular way to market Teflon is as an autommotive paint sealant. Dealers and detailers are charging as much as $500 or more to coat a vehicle with Teflon. They tell their customers this sealant will last for 5 years without anything but periodic washings to maintain the shine. There is absolutely nothing that can be put on a vehicle finish for a long term maintenance free shine. The only way to keep you car looking great is with regular periodic cleaning and polishing.

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9 thoughts on “Teflon Car Wax

  1. This is a very accurate and informative insight into the whole Teflon debate! For years, our denver auto detail business has answered clients’ questions about the effectiveness of Teflon and the durability claimed by those who suggest this product will protect the car for five years.

    These days, Zenith Detail will suggest to our denver auto detail clients’ that a quality sealant be applied to the car’s paint surface. Synthetic sealants offer protection and durability superior to that of most OTC waxes. To better enhance depth of finish, Zenith Detail will apply a layer of carnauba wax as a “topper”. However, because the melting point of carnauba is far lower than that of the sealant, carnauba would require more frequent application to ensure your car’s paint surface is protected.

    View some of our results at:

    http://zenithdetail.com/Exterior_Detail_Gallery_KVX.html

  2. i had a ‘teflon’ coating applied to my vw fox and the finish lasted much longer than the same year car my father had. it may have been a coincidence but i’m sold. he actually maintained his car much bettwer than i.

  3. I applied DuPont’s Teflon Wax to an 07′ Subaru 4 yrs ago and rain still beads up on it. I wipe it down after it rains, because the rain spots will dry up and leave spots of dirt where the water spots were.

  4. very informative. there is no long term shine n protection solution through the usage of any kind of sealents. The best protection is regular waxing and cleaning of the surface.

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