Automotive Paint Protection – Then And Now

For as long as there have been cars, there have been car enthusiasts constantly worried about ruining their car’s paint job. And it’s no surprise that the wear and tear a vehicle goes through on a daily basis creates the ideal opportunity for damage and deterioration to occur on a car’s exterior finishes.

Since before the invention and introduction of motor vehicles, we have always paid special attention to protect our modes of transport from the effects of environmental elements. As time went on, carriages were invented and then motor vehicles and having them has always been a source of pride and a major purchase for many. As long as we have been driving them, we have also always wanted to keep our vehicles looking shiny and new.

Let’s take a look at the history of automotive paint protection up to present times.

  • In 1800

The first vehicle wax was invented in Germany using animal fats to protect the lacquer finish on horse-drawn carriages.

  • In 1888

Menzerna came up with a polishing compound for automobiles. To date, this compound is still one of the top-selling paint protection products in the market.

  • In 1901

Frank Meguiar Jr. set up a polish furnishing lab and started manufacturing his product from his basement. Meguiar’s product continues to be a staple even today in the auto detailing industry.

  • In 1910

George Simons created a car cleaner from carnauba wax and the term ‘Simonize’ was introduced.

  • In 1944

The first liquid bottled car polish was invented. Plaston™ did eventually change their name to Turtle Wax® and its success story is well known.

  • In 1969

DuPont came up with a polymer sealant and it was the first of its kind.

  • In 1970

European and Japanese car manufacturers developed and introduced a clear coat finish to the auto detailing industry.

  • In 1990

Detailing clay started to make its way into the US automotive market and still remains a must-have essential to date in a car detailer’s tool box.

  • In 2000

PPG Industries developed CeramiClear – a product which eliminated paint degradation from UV radiation and acid rain.

  • In 2001

Dr. David Ghodoussi founded Optimum Polymer Technologies – the manufacturer of Opti-Coat Pro – after years dedicated to the research and development focused on polymers and automotive paint formulations.

  • In 2007

Nano coatings were first developed and they helped to provide superior paint protection by bonding to the car’s finishes to create a permanent, strong coating.

  • In 2010

Nanoshine Ltd. developed Ceramic Pro which was a series of products made with nano ceramic coating technology to protect the exterior surfaces of automotive, marine and aircrafts.

  • In 2014

Ceramic Pro introduced a new formula of Pro 9H. Its transparent 3D matrix structure protects the paint and the surface from scratches, dirt and debris, aging, graffiti, weathering, road salt, rock chips, oxidation, bugs, bird droppings and even acid rain.

  • Today

Research and further development of advanced paint protection for vehicles continues. It’s an exciting time for the auto detailing industry and for car enthusiasts as well who want the ultimate shine and surface protection for their vehicles.

As you can see, through the years, automotive paint protection has come a long way. Let’s take a look at some of the key highlights:

 Car Wax

In the 1940s, a company in Chicago developed a new product for automotive paint protection called turtle wax. This wax went on to remain as the most common method of paint protection for vehicles for a long period of time. Turtle wax was derived from a substance known as ‘carnauba’ found in Brazil. While car wax does provide a glossy shine to the exterior of cars, they do not last a very long time and need to be reapplied every few months.


By the time the end of the 60s came around, the next big step in vehicle paint protection took the form of synthetic car wax, also known as a sealant. Sealants are made from artificial polymers and do provide a rich, glossy shine but with a plastic, glassy look to vehicle paint surfaces. However, sealants contain abrasive particles on its makeup that causes damage to a car’s paint surface, while the surface treated with sealants also attract stray dust particles which causes micro-scratches on the exterior of vehicles.

Car Polish

In the 1990s, new car polishing techniques that embraced chemical engineering become the next big thing. One such example of this was car polish – a liquid that contained fine, abrasive particles for cutting and refining the clear coat on cars during polishing. While car polishes did produce some form of protection for a car’s paint job, its main purpose was to provide a glossy shine to the car’s exterior. Also, car polishes had another downside, and that was polishing the car more than once a year would eventually cause the polish to wear away on its own and expose the car’s paint beneath it to the elements.

Ceramic Coating

At the beginning of the new millennium, nano technology revolutionized the automotive paint protection industry. This newest innovation to the field of car paint protection called nano coatings in Sri Lanka or nano ceramic coating in Sri Lanka, offer superior permanent protection and durable shine to the exterior surface of vehicles. Once a ceramic coating in Sri Lanka has been applied to the surface of a car, it forms a powerful chemical bond with the vehicle’s surface. This bond is permanent and requires no reapplication of the coating, though routine maintenance is necessary to keep it in its optimum state. Ceramic coatings also help to protect the car’s surface from mechanical dangers like fingernail scratches, environmental hazards like harmful UV rays, mud, and dirt as well as chemical contaminants that may be mixed up in the atmosphere or other such elements that might reach the car’s surface in some other manner.

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