Well, there isn't a Sealant around(or Ceramic Spray) that outlasts 476. The effort is worth the longevity and honestly the effort is no different than any other paste or liquid wax if applied thin.
It's not blatantly false. First I didn't say 476 doesn't last long (another mischaracterization) but all wax, particularly natural wax, is highly susceptible to UV and heat. Hate to break it to you but there is natural wax in 476. After a relatively short period of time, that carnauba is gone and it's just the synthetic wax components of the 476 left over. It may very well be the most durable paste wax out there but there are things that will give better gloss, with equivalent durability, and are MUCH easier to apply. After what the OP went through, forget sealants, a ceramic coating would've been better for him on all fronts.
Let's see. I never mentioned about shine or carunuba in 476. Fact is many sealants have some natural properties to it and the shine won't last nearly as long as the protection. That's a given with most sealants so specifically mentioning this about 476 gives the impression you have an axe to grind for whatever reason. All I said was 476 lasts a long time, as long as any other sealant out there which is an on objective truth. People have different experiences but it's pretty widely agreed upon 476 lasts approximately a year. 476 may not be the best product but it is very good, proven, widely available and cheap. It's from the stone age of detailing, it doesn't belong there though and hangs toe to toe with most products out there.
The OP struggled with a paste wax. The last thing he should do is try to put on a ceramic coating.
Good point. With 476 specifically after 10 months I tested on my hood by playing with the hose, checked the beading(fat and ovally), then I clayed a certain section and polished it. When I sprayed water on it afterwards it was flat and there was no sheeting at all while the rest of the hood remained consistent with it's beading. Other than test sections I really couldn't answer your question.Just curious, how do you determine if 476 (or any other sealant) is still present on the paint?
I ask because clean (uncontaminated) paint can often bead fairly well.