Nanolex vs Permanon

So back to my car detailing research.

A while back a professional detailer put me onto using Permanon and it has proved to be fantastic! I really like how you simply mix it with water, spray in on and them wipe it off to leave a brilliant shine.

However, I wondered how different a product like Nanolex was? Well, here’s a very interesting video comparison I did on the same panel, washed and clayed prior to using each product. On the left hand side of the panel I used Nanolex and on the right Permanon. Here’s what happening when you hose it down:

As you can see, the water does shed from the Permanon coated part of the paintwork but it doesn’t do that nearly as fast as the Nanolex.

So although it may look like the Nanolex wins hands down there are a few other considerations here.

Firstly, the Nanolex process involved using a Nanolex surface cleaner and then Paint & Alloy Sealant Premium. This means more time is required as well as more product and cleaning material. It isn’t a lot more but it is extra.

The Nanolex items seem not be be as eco-friendly and are certainly more flammable. Also, the Nanolex instructions also state:

“Allow the sealant to cure for a minimum of 2 hours before driving or getting wet.”

Finally, Nanolex only appears to be for paint whereas the Permanon can go on everything. I also haven’t done a price comparison here either yet.

So, I think the next step is to try the Nanolex surface cleaner with the Permanon to see whether that makes any difference (I doubt it, but worth testing).

My thinking is that once you clean the car you should protect the paintwork with Nanolex and then use Permanon over everything including the paintwork. Again, something to test on another panel on the car next time it gets washed.

I’m leaving the panel you see above coated with both sealants to see how they fair over time. I’ll work my way around the remaining panels on the car trying different combinations as part of my ongoing investigations. I’ll also do some more reading on the suppliers web site to see if I can work out what they exactly do and why the results vary.

Stay tuned for more detailing experiments.

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