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Wax Holds Up
First place, Abstract contest - 3-20-13.
Tied for 1st place - Best of Your Best Abstract Contest 1-12-14
Second place - Photographs of Backgrounds for Phone Cases contest 3-22-14
A color play on water beaded on the hood of my FJ.
Water (H2O) is a polar molecule, composed of two hydrogen (H2) atoms bonded to a single oxygen (O2) atom. Water molecules adhere to each other, this is called cohesion.
Water molecules also can be attracted to other substances, such as metal or dirt, especially if they have some static charge on them, this is called adhesion.
Some substances are not attracted to water, and even repel it. These include oils, fats and waxes; these are called non-polar substances.
When water falls on an un-waxed paint surface, the forces of adhesion and cohesion are almost in equilibrium, and the water spreads out
A wax or sealant, when applied properly to a clean paint surface, fills in the larger surface fissures and layers the whole surface. The chemical structure of the wax prevents water from penetrating to the surface of the car. Because the wax itself is hydrophobic (literally repels water), the forces of adhesion are much less than the forces of cohesion. So, water is more likely to bead higher and rounder than on a surface without wax / sealant
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