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"Glass Coating vs Wax" merits and demerits

by Yoshiaki Hirano 27 Aug 2016


"What is Glass Coating?"

"Which is better, Glass Coating or Wax?"


We often get these questions from customers. There are many shops offering car wax so you know what it is but not glass coating.
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Compare: Car Glass Coating & Car Wax


The traditional way of keeping your vehicle looking good is to wash it frequently and apply wax polish at intervals. However, this has a very short-term effect, provides minimal protection and has been overtaken by new and better methods.


Car Glass Coating Comparison to Sealant and Wax Polish


The traditional wax polish used on cars come as a liquid or paste that you apply to the paintwork after washing and drying, and then buff to a gloss finish. This type of treatment does initially create an impressive shine and a degree of protection for the paintwork. However, that effect decreases each time you wash the vehicle and you’ll need to reapply every one to four months.


Sealants are available in liquid form and contain resins, polymers and synthetics that bind to the paint to provide protection. They’re relatively easy to apply and typically last six to twelve months before renewal is necessary.


The Best Glass Coating Available Online


Car glass coating has the purest silicon ingredients to ensure the most effective and durable protection for your vehicle’s paintwork. An application typically lasts twelve months to 24 months 8 years before you need to do anything further.


For all these types of protection, you can wash your vehicle as normal after application and all will be degraded to some extent by washing and general use. However, the extent of degradation is hardly noticeable for glass coating for cars, hence its long life.


When you compare glass coating to other means of protection, it is the most expensive and requires the greatest care in its application. But the additional cost is offset by the less frequent use and Sensha’s  SENSHA’s Crystal glass coating is designed for easy application by inexperienced users and has full instructions.


How Glass Coating for Cars Protects Your Vehicle


Car glass coating bonds to the vehicle’s paint and so you need to ensure the bodywork is properly cleaned and dry before you start. It forms an additional layer that is sometimes referred to as a ‘sacrificial layer’ because its purpose is to take the impact of knocks, scrapes and environmental damage rather than the paint itself. The reason you need to reapply at times is more to do with repairing that damage rather than the failing of the glass coating itself.


The glass coating, if you compare to other methods, provides protection against dirt, stones, sunlight, minor scrapes and various environmental factors. It makes your vehicle easier to clean and provides a high gloss finish that lasts. You can, if you wish, apply extra layers of protection with wax polish on top of the glass coating. That, however, is personal preference rather than necessity because, if you compare glass coating to other methods of protection, it wins hands down every time and in all aspects.


More Than Just Car Wax Comparisons & Products at Sensha

Motorists are increasingly turning to car glass coating solutions that offer an incredibly strong protective layer to their cars and vehicles, which can make all the difference in terms of safeguarding it against both the elements and the daily wear and tear experienced. However, given that this market is relatively young when compared to more commonly known solutions such as car wax, it is worth noting the differences between them.

Car Glass Coating versus Wax

Here at Sensha, we create and innovate to deliver glass coating for cars that we believe is of a higher standard than the majority of other products on the market. Our excellence in this field has seen our products distributed into more than 18 countries around the world, with motorists embracing the possibilities afforded to them in terms of achieving maximum style and protection for their vehicles.

Why Glass Coating is a Better Investment Than Wax

We appreciate that not all motorists want the same thing for their car. Some are casual drivers that drop to the shops every so often, whereas others depend on their car for work, and others are motoring enthusiasts that aspire to achieve a high-end finish for their wheels at all times.

As such, here at Sensha, we look to the aesthetics and durability a cleaning or coating product offers in order to determine what can be achieved and whether it offers value for money. When you compare car wax against the many other products out there, you will find that it offers a nice look but its one key limitation is that heat and exposure to UV rays can seriously curb the duration of the effect achieved.

Australian customers are going to experience a lot of sunshine throughout the year, and for those that park their cars outdoors during the day, this can mean that the money you spent on that nice car wax could fade in a matter of days, if not hours, depending on the quality of the product used.

What’s more, given that you will likely have to wash it regularly to eliminate the daily dust and debris build-up, unless you carefully choose which detergents you use, you will inevitably see a degradation in the wax effect sooner rather than later.

Compare glass coating under the same criteria and what you will find is that it offers a vastly superior finish that will last for anywhere between 6 and 12 months. At Sensha, we have extensively tested our products before releasing them for sale, and the results speak for themselves.

The car glass coating comparison with wax boils down to how good the car looks and how long it can maintain that appearance. What’s more, with our glass coating products you have a solution in place that makes your paintwork more resistant to scratches and less susceptible to airborne pollutants.

Get in Touch to See What Our Solutions Could Do for You

When it comes to wax, why not try out our tire and engine wax products, which will achieve exceptional results when you need to impress and keep things looking good under the hood for the day that you inevitably trade your car.

If you are interested in maintaining your car paintwork daily to protect it against the elements, which should be a priority for any Australian motorist then choosing a glass coating makes much more sense. We invite sceptics to see for themselves how wax and glass coating compare, or to get in touch with our team to talk through the benefits of our innovative Sensha products and what they could achieve for their car.

Sensha is Australia's leading supplier of the best car cleaning and detailing products online. We specialise in car glass coating, car window cleaners, car tire wax, home car detailing supplies, cheap car shampoo, car polish and shine, car wash sponges and microfiber cloths, car wheel cleaner, car ceramic coating, car tire shine, car compounds, car paint protection, car cleaning and detailing kits, car interior cleaner and car leather cleaner.

We service all of Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Perth, Darwin and everywhere in between.

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Difference between glass coating and wax



Simply stated, the difference between glass coating and wax is:


"Car wax" uses an Oil component as the main ingredient.

"Glass coating" uses Silicon (chemical formula: Si) as the main ingredient.


If we talk about "glass" more specifically, the main ingredient of glass is Silicon Dioxide (chemical formula: SiO2) (O2: oxygen) hence the pure glass is made of Si and O2. To know more about research and development of SENSHA Glass Coating, click here.


Hence, because glass coating and wax are made of different components, they are totally different. Each product has advantages and disadvantages so we compare features and effects glass coating and wax provide, and determine which product has the superiority.


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Comparison 1: Price

Wax > Glass Coating


Wax price is around from several $ to $1X so they are quite cheap. However, glass coating, even you apply it by yourself, costs you around from $100 to $200 based upon coating effectiveness and which parts to apply. When you ask a professional shop for glass coating, you need an additional several $XXX for the work.









Comparison 2: Ease of application

Glass Coating > Wax > Glass Coating


How to use wax is that, spread wax on car body using a sponge and wipe. These jobs are quite hard jobs.


Glass Coating has 2 different type of application methods, spray type or applied with a sponge. Spray type glass coating is quite easy to use, just spray it on car body and wipe. An another type glass coating is applied with a sponge and wipe, and this is done section by section to finish the entire car so that wax is easier to use compared to this type of glass coating because wax can be applied a broad area at once.







Comparison 3: Application time

Glass Coating > Wax > Glass Coating


Wax is usually applied after car wash and its application requires spreading and wiping, which are hard jobs so take times.


An application time of glass coating is based upon application methods. Spray type glass coating requires significantly less time to do coating on the entire car, and glass coating applied with a sponge takes time because coating job is done section by section to finish the entire car. However, this glass coating lasts long so re-application is not required for a long time. It can be said that the total amount time spent for coating is less than wax because wax needs to be applied frequently. 






Comparison 4: Protection

Glass Coating > Wax


Glass coating establishes the high hardness glass coating layer and it protects car from scratches, UVs and other harmful substances. Its superior protection capability cannot be compared to wax because wax is not made for a car protection. Therefore, the glass coating surface performs as the "sacrificing layer" to protect your car.


Minor scratches can be removed because those scratches are on the glass coating layer.






Comparison 5: Glossiness

Glass Coating > Wax


When just glass coating was introduced to the market, its glossiness was quite weak and wax had a superior gloss effect because wax is made of oil contents so that it can make a shine pretty easily.


However, the glass coating technology has been advanced significantly, therefore glass coating is fully transparent and provides the exceedingly intense glossiness and currently glass coating provides by far more glossy shine finishing than wax. Also, the glossiness of glass coating is stated as "gloss like your car is wet".


This glossiness is the main reason why glass coating is chosen as the best.



Comparison 6: Antifouling

Glass Coating > Wax


Glass coating definitely has the superior antifouling effect compared to wax.


The main ingredient of wax is an oil content therefore they cannot avoid oxidization and deterioration. An oxidized and deteriorated wax surface collects dirt and dusts. Plainly speaking, the more you re-coat wax on wax, the more dirt and dusts will be collected and the more causes of stains and water scales will be made. It also leads to a lack of gloss on car surfaces.


Glass coating is never oxidized and deteriorated so that it does not collect dirt and dusts. Plus, an adhesion of dirt and dusts is significantly weakened on glass coating, hence easy car wash is enabled.



Comparison 7: Water repellency

Glass Coating > Wax > Glass Coating


Since wax itself is oil, it has a sort of water repellent effect.


Some glass coating products have the high water repellent effect by design and some of them are intendedly not, and the water repellent type glass coating provides the outstanding water repellent effect. When you chose glass coating, whether with the water repellency or not is mainly based upon your preferences.


Recent glass coating, even you chose a product with water repellency, does not cause water spots problems unless improper car washing is done (e.g. not wiping off remaining water).



Comparison 8: Durability

Glass Coating > Wax


Glass coating definitely has a longer durability than wax.


Wax is just on car surfaces so that it is easily removed by rains and car wash. On the other hand, the adhesion of glass coating is exceedingly high, hence the glass coating layer cannot be removed by just rains and car wash.


As previously mentioned that wax is made of oil contents which oxidize and deteriorate so that it cannot provide its intended effects for a long. Oxidization and deterioration will never occur for glass coating. Therefore, with the exceedingly high adhesion, glass coating will perform its features for a long time.


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About SENSHA glass coating

As SENSHA has made significant improvements of glass coating and its enhancements continuously move ahead, there are 2 lines of glass coating existing.


[1] Glass coating which establishes the 9H hardness glass coating layer to target a long durability


SENSHA Crystal Glow series establish the 9H hardness glass coating layer which is durable for 1, 3, 5 or 8 years. Crystal Glow is to perform the highest quality glass coating features in the all elements.


SENSHA Crystal Glow series Click here for details


Crystal Glow is the glass coating agent specially for paint surfaces. SENSHA also has developed the part specific glass coating to maximize the glass coating performances:




[2] Glass coating which is easy to use and eliminates the disadvantages of wax


SENSHA Fine Crystal is designed for a simple application, spray and wipe, and eliminates the disadvantages of wax; no protection, lack of shine, no antifouling effect, weak water repellent effect and short durability.


Fine Crystal is applied after shampoo car wash and the glass coating layer lasts approximately 1 month so that the product is applied periodically or after each car wash.


SENSHA Fine Crystal Click here for details


Glass Coating Trial Set Click here for details



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