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Top 5 Best Selling Coatings & Sealants!



Coatings have been becoming extremely popular for their looks and overall durability when protecting your paint. They are a little more labor intensive to apply compared to sealants or waxes, but the overall look and protection can be well worth the extra effort. We recently spoke to some professionals and looked at some of our best sellers to come up with our top 5 consumer level coatings you should reach for during your next detail:

Honorable Mention: The above coatings are fantastic when you are looking to protect your paint and they can even be applied to hard coated plastics (i.e. headlights & taillights), metal (i.e. rims), glass surfaces, etc. However, if you are looking for the best protection possible on other surfaces and areas, check out Trim Coatings, Wheel Coatings, Glass Coatings, Leather Coatings, and Fabric Coatings. These coatings are specially formulated for these unique areas, allowing you to protect in the best way possible.

Below are also some great articles to help guide you through the process of applying and taking care of a coating:


Sealants for years have been compared directly against waxes. Should I use a sealant or a wax? What one is better for my situation? Etc. Then coatings hit the market. Although waxes certainly still have a place in many detailers arsenals, they seem to have been pushed to the side and now we have the argument of a sealant or a coating. We covered coatings above, so now onto sealants! Generally speaking, we have two different types of sealants, traditional paste and spray on. Traditional paste sealants last for 3-4 months and are applied with a wipe on, let cure/haze, wipe off application. Spray on sealants are generally not as durable as the traditional versions, but they are easier to apply. Just spray on, wipe off. No waiting for them to haze and many can be applied directly to trim, glass, metals, etc. Most are also sio2 based, just like popular coatings, just with a much lower concentration than said coatings. This makes them the perfect topper to protect an existing coating layer! Below are some of the most popular sealants being used right now.


Spray On

Honorable Mention: Paste and spray on sealants are both awesome, but what if you want to save even more time? Check out some shmapoo sealants, which are essentially sio2 based shampoos, meaning you can wash and seal in one step! Some popular ones include the CarPro HydrO2 Foam, Hydrosilex Silica Soap, and the Gyeon Bathe+.

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8 comments on Top 5 Best Selling Coatings & Sealants!

  1. kf says:

    Gotta put in a plug for the 22ple line that you offer as well, particularly their HPC offering. THE easiest coating I have used, even hazes a bit when ready for removal. Great self-cleaning, nice molten-glass type of gloss, excellent longevity.

    First used on a Fleet van in March 2017, in the last 40k+ miles, washed once at 20k miles (clay with 22ple coating-friendly clay, added a bit of Finitura) but aside from that, just keeps on truckin’, beading well, staying clean…amazing product. Kinda flies under the radar, not much marketing but a very solid offering…a little pricier than some of the other offerings but sometimes that’s warranted…22ple is one of those times.

  2. 22PLE says:

    No love from DI? Haha 😂

  3. Roger B. says:

    I’ve done a lot of vehicles Crystal Serum Light and EXO combo. Several vehicles are going on 2 1/2 years which includes harsh Ohio winters and they are still holding up well. I also really like GTechniqs Trim Restorer. It really works better at making vinyl trim look great while lasting like a coating. I do maintain them which I think is a key to longevity and it sure is nice having products like C2 V3 that make it a breeze to do. Car maintaince has sure came a long way. It will be interesting what’s inshore for the future.

  4. I’m a little disappointed that your recommendations are based solely on sale numbers. Most of the public doesn’t even bother to research finer quality car care products or spend the extra $$ on them. I was hoping for a real expert analysis in real use. We who care more are also greatly swayed by the discussions and recommendations of industry professionals here on your site. Sales are some indicator, but not the definitive criteria. Gajillions of people use Windex on their glass, but it’s junk.

    • Reece @ DI Reece @ DI says:

      Lee – We are very selective of the products we add to DetailedImage.com and each and every product we carry is high quality and works great. All of our Ask-A-Pro Authors are involved in testing and provide us with recommendations on what they like to use personally, what works well, etc. Each one of the sealants and coatings mentioned in this article work great and are some of the leaders in their respective protection categories. Are there other products we carry that also work just as well as these items listed? Sure there are, but this article is based on the sale numbers to show the “Top 5 Best Selling Coatings & Sealants”. We are simply highlighting what our customers have been purchasing and what is popular on the market right now. If you are looking for recommendations on any products that are not listed you can always check our Ask-A-Pro Blog for a review, or contact us directly (https://www.detailedimage.com/Contact/) for help.

  5. rlmccarty2000 says:

    I really don’t consider CarPro Gliss a stand-alone coating as it is mainly used for more gloss over a coating. That can be said of most Sio2 based sprays as well. Most people are using them as toppers over a coated surface and not stand alone sealants.

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