The 10 Best Car Paint Protections

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Regardless of the type of car you own, the elements won’t always be kind to its finish, but one of these top-rated paint protection products will help you prolong its life and keep things looking immaculate. We’ve selected a diverse array of formulas and films in a range of prices to suit any budget, and each can safeguard your prized whip from a litany of road contaminants and hazards. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Aerolon Tech Shine

2. Xpel R4003-P

3. CarGuys Liquid

Editor's Notes

February 19, 2019:

As far as paint protectors go, consumers have a few different DIY options available at their fingertips, and we were sure to supply a diverse list for this ranking to appease myriad needs. It's important to note that while many of our selections produce gloss enhancing results, they are not all dedicated polishes (like Nu Finish Liquid), and will not eliminate scratches that are already there (excluding Meguiar's M21 2.0, which visually masks fine swirls), so it's imperative that your finish look its best before applying these. We added Xpel R4003-P and Vvivid 3M Vinyl for users with the know-how to apply films, and various formula types, including acrylic, ceramic, and water-based. Aerolon Tech Shine made it to the top spot due to its enthusiastic reviews, ease of application, and industrial origins.

4. Wolfgang WG-5500

5. Nu Finish Polish

6. Vvivid 3M Vinyl

7. Meguiar's M21 2.0

8. Klasse High Gloss

9. Ethos Handcrafted

10. Xpel R3022 Guard

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

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