So i guess rubbing compound is not to be used on the whole car but only parts to parts of the car on the damaged paint area?
Also, i know wash, polish, wax but what's sealant that goes in between polish and wax? I've never heard of it before?
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Go on to autogeek and search they're list of sealers.
Essentially a sealer is a chemical that adheres stronger to your paint than a wax and forms a protective shell.it usually doesn't add much more shine than what you already have.
It's key purpose is to help keep a lot of mother natures crap .also gives you a buffer barrier between bird crap and fallout.it isn't captain Americas shield but it's well worth it.it lasts a long time unlike wax.
It also has a better abrasion resistant property.not saying it won't get scratched but it holds well against minor abrasions from dirt,people,animals wagging tails by your car,etc etc.
A small bottle ,even applied properly twice a year, can last years.
There is also a hard shell coating by a few manufacturers .such as optimum and cquartz.however it is not my recommendation to anyone that hasn't done it or doesn't detail.it's not very easy to apply for a beginner.its expensive to use as a teaching tool.so if you want to give one a shot the simplest and cheapest is TR3 @ Walmart or amazon or eBay. 8-10 bucks you use very little.
Try it on your hood first.split it.only do one half.watch it over a period of 3-6 months
That way you'll see first hand the difference and how noticeable it really is and the difference.only wax the other side of the hood.
Once the sealer has been applied,dried,wiped off,THEN cured over night.quick detail any dust off your hood.add a layer of wax to the whole hood.
Now sit back and keep an eye for the next 3-6 months.