Invisible shield: The best paint sealants for cars

A paint sealant keeps your car's paint healthier for longer. CAR picks its favourite paint sealants.

Paint sealant on car, black and white image

by Chris Williams |
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Polish and wax differ in function, so too do car waxes and sealants.

Wax is a natural product that works well in tandem with polish because it produces gloss. Paint sealants for cars are synthetic, and while they too are a protectant like wax, they are generally more durable. However, the trade-off is that some don't show up a shiny pre-applied polish quite so much.

That being said, synthetic sealants are evolving into more able products for showing a shine too. The capable boffins who didn't quite make the grade for genomics, virology or neuroscience are locked away in labs, employed by the car care brands. They are making steady progress.

What is a paint sealant?

As we alluded to already, it is a solution you apply to your car's paintwork that covers it in a protective layer. It keeps harmful UV rays, road salt, acidic bird poo and other such harmful things at bay – essentially most everyday substances that can degrade your car’s paintwork.

They come in a bottle to be applied by hand or with a dual-action polisher, or as a convenient, time-saving, but less effective spray.

We have chosen a range of top products. Each is quite different to one another, with various strong suits. That way, there will certainly be something here for you.

The best paint sealants for cars:

Editor's pick

Gtechniq EXOv4

Rrp: £49.99

Price: £44.00


The intense-sounding EXOv4 is our recommendation to anyone who is after a proper paint sealant for


  • Longevity
  • Durability


  • Single application per bottle

Popular choice

Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Synthetic Sealant 2.0
Price: £48.95


This purple gloop is more in line with a polish and what comes to most people's minds. You can


  • Great shine
  • Bottle lasts a while


  • Not as protective as EXOv4

Best durable 2-step ceramic coating

Autoglym Ultra High Definition Ceramic Coating Kit
Price: £52.99
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  • Effective protectant
  • Long lasting


  • Application takes some time

Best time-saving spray sealant

Turtle Wax Hybrid Sealant Hydrophobic Spray
Price: £9.49
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In contrast to the time-consuming Autoglym ceramic coating is the Turtle Wax Hybrid Sealant quick


  • Easy and fast application
  • Value


  • Sealants above are better protectants

Best ceramic-infused shampoo

Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Wash & Wax Car Shampoo

Rrp: £12.40

Price: £11.49
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For those who like the idea of a paint sealant but are perhaps kidding themselves that they'd


  • Convenient
  • Effective for a 2-in1


  • Dedicated sealants are better protectants

Best snow foam sealant

Autoglym Polar Seal
Price: £17.79


Like Turtle Wax's ceramic shampoo, this is a product of convenience. The Polar Seal is a [snow


  • Fun spray foam
  • Convenient


  • The other dedicated products here are better sealants

Chris Williams is a Senior Product Writer for CAR, also working for Live For The Outdoors. An expert in camping and muscle cars, he spends most of his time up a mountain or laying rubber.

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