I have the paint sealant on my car. I guess there wouln't be any need to wax it?
IMHO there is no such thing as a permanent paint protection chemical, if there was the factory would apply it.It was done at the dealer. I thought it would last for the life of the car.
I'm not sure we can put a blanket description on dealer applications. I wouldn't let a wash jockey at the local Kia dealer touch my car with a buffer, but there are excellent products out there, that when applied by a trained/certified technician with the proper tools and environment, will turn out great. I've seen/experienced it first hand and have had a couple of decades experience with finish protection. I'm not trying to come off as a being an except because I'm not, just saying that, like anything, there are good products and bad products, and there are meticulous qualified technicians and there are guys that are just collecting a paycheck. You just have to do your homeworkIn my opinion from personal experience, dealer applications are crap and this was verified by the guy that did a Cquartz job on a friend's car. Cquartz (product not vendor) to me is the best I have seen in over 55 years of owning and caring for cars, and I have tried everything.
Didn't think you were being a smart ass, okay, maybe a little j/k I think it all comes down to your goal for your finish and doing your homework. Are you trying to preserve a finish that is going to be subjected to some harsh conditions, or do you want the glossiest finish possible for cruising at your leisure? We have cars that fit each situation, and really, like you said, most on this board are all about the shine.Sorry guys, I didn't mean to come off like a smart ass, I'm sure there are coatings out there that can claim long term protection but in 40 years of working with car dealers I have only met two or three that had a true detailing operation, most were high end operations, none were Chevy dealers. And, those services were usually sold through the service department, not by the F&I guy trying to close add-on deals. 99 times out of 100 the "sealant" programs sold through the F&I department are pure profit centers with close to a 1000% markup. They are applied by the same guys that prep the car using the same tools with no surface prep.
I also believe most of these "sealants" do not provide a quality look. They may seal and bead water for a couple years but the finish just doesn't have that detailed, deep finish most here desire and in the case of most of the dealer applied finishes, they are literally sealing in the paint imperfections. Of course this is purely a personal opinion, your mileage may vary.
Just a suggestion for all those who use Meguires or Mothers QD...try some Adams.just use Meguire's Quick Detailer once in a while, or after a waterless wash that dulls the appearance. My sealant lasts about 6 months.