For many of us, our car is not just a vehicle that takes us from point A to point B. It is an extension of ourselves as well as a source of pride and joy. As a new car owner, it’s important for you to know what detailing services, such as car paint protection can do for your vehicle.

Many car enthusiasts agree that paint protection is an essential part of maintaining your vehicle, especially if you want to prolong its condition.

Paint protection helps to ensure your paint remains intact by preserving the paint oils and preventing oxidation, which is one of the most common causes of car paint damage. Protecting the paint on your car is one of the best ways to maintain it, preserve its resale value and keep it looking new.

There are a number of paint protection products on the market, all of which are designed to give a glossy look and provide a protective layer to your car’s paint.

However, they are not all the same, so let’s take a look at what they are and some of the differences between them.


Wax is one of the most common and widely used methods of car paint protection and has been around since the earliest years of auto care. Once it is applied, it works by forming a barrier to prevent damage to the paint.

Whether you’re using a natural wax like carnauba which is derived from palm leaves or a synthetic wax, its ingredients have reflective properties that repel water, dirt and grime from sticking to the surface. Wax can come in a variety of forms including paste, liquid and spray. For wax to work most effectively, it must be reapplied every few months before the layer dissolves completely.

It’s important to remember that polishing and waxing are not the same-polishing simply refers to repairing the existing clear coat, while waxing adds a protective layer.

Sealants and protective films

While most wax is composed of natural elements, car paint sealant is an entirely synthetic product. Sealants are chemically engineered to bond to the vehicle’s surface and will outlast a traditional wax and provide stronger protection. While a sealant does produce a mirror-like finish, some note that the appearance is less shiny than that of other paint protection methods. Sealants mostly come in liquid or cream form.

Ceramic paint coating

Ceramic coating is a top choice for car enthusiasts and luxury car owners due to the superior protection it offers. As far as paint protection goes, ceramic coating provides the most effective and longest lasting results.

Ceramic or nano paint coating as it is sometimes referred to, is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand and since it is permanent, will not need to be reapplied for several years. It is used by the aerospace and civil industries to protect against the extreme weather conditions faced by aircraft.

Due to the level of attention to detail required, nano ceramic coatings can only be applied by trained professionals, which means that the end result will always be a smooth and flawless finish. The bodywork is always carefully cleaned and prepared before application. A professionally applied Diamond Plate ceramic paint coating can last 7 years or more.

Paint protection is worth it!

1.      You want to protect the paint on your vehicle

The paint on your car will fade over time, even if you do your best to keep it away from the elements. When you’re out on the road, UV rays, rain, humidity, pollutants and other environmental factors will slowly wear away at the paint job.

This not only affects the appearance of your car, it can also make it more difficult to clean and significantly decreases its resale value. If protecting your new car’s exterior is important to you, then investing in a high-quality paint protection product is certainly worth it.

2.      You want to preserve that showroom shine

There’s no doubt that a shiny car is a joy to look at, but unfortunately it just doesn’t stay that way for long once it’s out the showroom doors!

A car with a quality protectant coating will look newer than one which isn’t paint protected, and this is why many car owners choose to have it applied to their vehicles.

Paint protection can preserve the like-new look for much longer and depending on the type of paint protection you opt for, you can keep it that way for many years. The difference is immediately noticeable, and the right type of paint protectant will maintain this shine over time.

3.      You want to retain its resale value

It’s no secret that a car is a depreciating asset, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take care of it as best you can while it’s yours. Keeping your car’s paint in top shape can mean the difference between keeping or losing hundreds of dollars when you eventually decide to sell it. Your paint job is the first thing buyers will notice, and most buyers expect to pay more for a vehicle that is in great condition, compared with one that is in reasonably good or poor condition.

4.      You want an easier car washing experience

Anyone who loves their car knows that stubborn marks and etchings are a pain to remove-even if you’re incredibly conscientious when it comes to washing your car regularly. That’s because without a protective layer, any mark will easily embed itself in the car paint and scrubbing it off risks damaging the finish. A protective layer eliminates much of this problem, since it is bonded to the paint and formulated to repel anything that comes into contact with it.

So, is paint protection worth it?

Paint protection is very much worth it for most car owners, but the paint protection method you choose ultimately comes down to you, your relationship with your car, how much time you want to dedicate to maintenance and the level of protection you want to have. Diamond Plate’s ceramic paint coating is best for those who want the highest degree of protection and an ultra-glossy luxurious finish that’s easy to maintain.

If your car is new or has been recently re-painted, investing in ceramic paint protection can be the best insurance against paint damage.

Want more expert advice about car paint protection? Give us a call on 1300 088 883 or send an enquiry through our contact form and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Don’t forget to check out Diamond Plate’s product range and make sure you keep updated with the latest news here on our blog!