Wax or Polish

The difference between a polish and a wax is often confused. It’s best explained by their purpose and frequency needed.


Purpose: To protect the paint from the elements (sun, wind, water) that might otherwise cause surface imperfections like scratches, hard water spots, and rust.
Frequency: Depends on the manufacturer’s recommendations but about every 3 months.


Purpose: To fix surface imperfections; scratches and rust are buffed out to reduce their appearance.
Frequency: Rarely. Polishing too often can damage your car’s paint because of the abrasive products used. A polish should always be followed by a wax.

Dish Soap is for Dishes, Not Cars

Don't Use Dish Soap to Wash your Car

Dish washing and laundry detergents used on do-it-yourself home washes can damage your car’s finish. It’s important to use a soap specifically formulated for washing cars to protect your car’s finish.

With decades of experience we have selected the best products to clean and protect your car’s finish while also protecting our precious local environment. We review and test these products on a regular basis seeking only the best for your car.

Another reason to get your car washed at Sunset North Car Wash & Detail Centers!