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      The future of the JD Forum   07/31/18

      Thank you all for your participation on the JD Forums.  We have enjoyed answering your questions, providing project advice and technical assistance on this forum for a number of years. We believe that there are now better ways to provide this service for our customers and the community. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Jamestown Distributors Forum.   Our JD Tech Team is committed to being your trusted technical resource, and we encourage you to reach out via email, phone, social, product reviews, and to post questions using the Q & A 'Ask A Question' function on all product pages. Additional information can also be found on product page Technical Data Sheets (including detailed usage instructions and application data).   Thank You Jamestown Distributors 
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RickW

WAX OR POLISH

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Traditionally, most polishes have contained abrasives that are suspended in a paste or liquid. They actually 
grind away dirt and oxidation—or unsightly dead paint. Unfortunately, polish also lifts good paint or gel-coat from the surface.  Use too much polish, or too 
much pressure, and it is possible to go right through the paint. You will end up exposing the primer or, worst of all, bare metal or fiberglass. 
 
Wax keeps airborne contaminants from reaching the paint. If these airborne agents get to the paint, they can start a chemical reaction. In addition, wax refracts, or diffuses, ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the sun. Without a coat of wax, the paint absorbs too much of the sun’s energy, 
overheats, dries out and oxidizes.

 

In simpler terms, polish is used to remove dirt and oxidation and wax is used to protect the finish.  Some polishes contain some wax to both clean and protect the finish.

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