Car wax maintains the body of your car, provides a mirror-like shine, and protects the paintwork from aggressive environmental influences.
For optimum protection, shine and drip-off effect, regularly apply a layer of car wax. How often this is necessary depends on the car wax.
Basically, a distinction is made between spray, liquid and hard waxes, which differ mainly in their application and the duration of the protective effect.
The biggest difference between the products is in the ingredients. A wax can be natural (e.g. carnauba) or based on a synthetic compound. In fact, carnauba is most often used as a natural car wax without additives. This is also because it is suitable for allergy sufferers.
Synthetic wax types are not necessarily inferior. It just depends on the desired effect. Therefore, you can compare the actual active ingredients of the respective car wax. You can then derive the suitability or the intended use from this. A good car care does not always have to be expensive.
If you choose products for cleaning and care yourself, try various available options till you find the right combination at the best price-performance ratio.
- 1 Best and popular car waxes compared
- 2 Frequently asked questions
- 2.1 Why wax your car regularly?
- 2.2 Spray wax or hard wax: Which car wax is better?
- 2.3 Can car wax be removed?
- 2.4 How to apply car wax correctly?
- 2.5 What does car wax comprise?
- 2.6 How long does car wax last?
- 2.7 How do I remove car wax?
- 2.8 Is a nano (ceramic) sealing useful?
- 2.9 What is the purpose of car wax?
- 2.10 How does car wax work?
- 2.11 Which types of wax are available?
- 2.12 How does application of car wax differ from polishing?
- 3 Buying advice for car waxes: the most important criteria
Best and popular car waxes compared
Meguiar’s ultimate liquid wax
Editor rating – 4.7/5
Popularity – 4/5
- The wax is composed of synthetic elements and offers a longer protection than natural carnauba waxes.
- Because of its liquid nature, the wax is easy to apply, polish and remove. This will save your waxing time considerably.
- The wax has hydrophobic (water repellent) properties and water just rolls off the surface with less beading.
- Since water droplets cannot hold on to the surface, there is no chance of staining.
- You can apply this wax using your hands and a polishing machine.
- You can also buff the plastic trim pieces on your car using this wax as unlike carnauba wax, it does not leave any hazy white residue.
- The wax does a good job to protect against dirt and grime.
- It works on all glossy surfaces to provide a shiny bright exterior.
- The liquid wax does not contain any abrasive substances, and you should not use it for scratch removal or repair.
- If you regularly use a thick paste wax, then you may tend to over-apply as this is in liquid form. This will take more time to haze and will also lead to a difficult removal process.
- The wax smells good and its advanced polymer-based formula helps it withstand harsh sunny conditions.
- You can apply this wax on new or newly painted and even dark colored automobiles.
- It’s pricy but includes an applicator pad and a microfiber towel.
- A good car wash and polish is a prerequisite for older cars.
- Overall Meguiar’s ultimate liquid wax does not provide a deep shine like the hard carnauba waxes but offers a durable protection without blemishes and residue.
Collinite 845 liquid insulator wax
Editor rating – 4.8/5
Popularity – 3.5/5
- This liquid wax was originally meant to protect and insulate electrical components.
- We can use it on many vehicles such as cars, boats, trucks.
- The wax provides a heavy duty industrial grade protection that some users have compared it to a sealant.
- It offers both high durability and a deep shine that matches carnauba wax.
- Only a thin application is required, and it dries quickly. However, avoid plastic trims.
- Water beading is aggressive even after multiple downpours and snow.
- May feel unpleasant initially as it does not smell very nice.
- The overall durability, finish, smoothness, protection, and deep wet shine are unmatched in any other liquid wax product.
- Dust, grime, bugs, leaves, water, salt, etc. can be removed easily with a single rinse.
- It can survive harsh winter or hot weather.
- Since a thin even layer is difficult to apply by hand, we highly recommend a dual action polisher and foam waxing pad.
- A thick or medium coat may be difficult to remove and also leave heavy residual oils. These are likely to cause ghosting or wax wedding.
- The typical durability lasts anywhere from three to six months.
- Shake the bottle really well before use for a nice liquid consistency. If it’s cold, then you may leave the bottle out in the sun or dip it in warm water for about ten minutes.
Shine armor fortify quick coat
Editor rating – 4.5/5
Popularity – 5/5
- This product is a 3 in 1 product that washes without water, seals, shines and protects the paintwork.
- We can use it on any sealed surface of vehicles and appliances.
- The synthetic formula seals the paint with a thin ceramic coat (SiO2) that can last up to six months.
- It’s a quick detail, do-it-all at home solution.
- The product is a waterless wash and you do not need to pre-wash your vehicle unless it’s muddy.
- Application is super easy with a built-in spray nozzle. Then buff the surface using the two microfiber towels that are included.
- The product is water based and non-toxic.
- The manufacturer recommends applying it in a cool shaded area and never in direct sunlight.
- It is suitable for car owners staying in apartments with less parking space.
- Surfaces such as plastic and glass can also be washed and coated safely.
Chemical guys butter wet wax
Editor rating – 4.6/5
Popularity – 4/5
- This is a natural Carnauba based liquid wax for enhanced reflective shine with no fillers or abrasives.
- Suitable for users who want a deep glossy “wet” shine with low durability.
- The wax has a pleasing banana smell and we can use it on cars of all colors except black as it may leave streaks.
- This is a WOWO product so you can wipe on and wipe off the wax without waiting for it to dry or haze. This feature reduces the waxing time.
- Another great feature about this product is that you can apply the wax directly to a wet car without drying it. Another great time saver. However ensure there is no soap or shampoo residue.
- We can apply the wax to trims, plastic, chrome, steel and glasswork, as it is ultra-refined.
- It is easy to apply and equally easy to remove this wax.
- The wax has UVA and UVB and other protection that Carnauba wax products offer. You can even apply it in direct sunlight.
Meguiars ultimate quik wax
Editor rating – 4.6/5
Popularity – 3/5
- This candy scented synthetic spray wax is meant for quick application.
- The benefit of a spray bottle is that the wax spreads evenly on the surface.
- This product does not offer long-lasting protection, as with most spray waxes. You will need to apply it after every few weeks.
- Removal process is difficult as it may leave streaks on dark colors.
- Affordable product for speedy and easy car waxing without deep gloss.
- Wears off with a single car wash or after a few rainy days.
- Safe to apply on door jambs or plastic parts.
Frequently asked questions
Why wax your car regularly?
Anyone who loves their car, habitually applies a car wax to the paintwork. This not only ensures a deep, rich shine but also provides lasting protection for the car’s exterior. Insects, bird droppings, dust and rain can clog the paintwork. Good car wax allows many environmental influences to simply roll off the protective layer. Because the so-called roll-off effect means that no more water drops stick to the car. Therefore dirt, dust and aggressive road salt in winter is washed away. In addition, the color and shine of old and weathered paintwork can be slightly freshened up by wax.
Spray wax or hard wax: Which car wax is better?
The two most important kinds of car waxes are hard wax and spray wax. Products for spraying have the advantage that we can apply them in no time at all – depending on the product, even in the blazing sun, which is not possible with hard waxes. The spray wax is simply sprayed on and wiped off after the car wash. However, the protection provided by spray wax is not sustainable and the protective layer must be refreshed more often.
The best and long-lasting protection is provided by the so-called hard wax. The consistency is tougher, sometimes even as thick as a paste. However, the application process is a little more complicated and above all more time-consuming than with spray waxes. It is first applied to the car body with a sponge. However, this should not be done in very hot weather or in the sun, so that the wax does not dry so quickly. Afterwards, the cloudy wax layer has to be polished with a microfiber cloth until it achieves the typical shine. This takes time and also requires some strength in your arms. But the result lasts much longer, sometimes even up to half a year or even longer.
Can car wax be removed?
A wax removes itself over time. However, it often loses its shine even before that. If instead of a shiny surface, everything looks rough and matt, it is high time to remove the car wax by hand. There are special products for this purpose, which master this task. Thorough cleaning and removal of old layers of wax is important before you can apply a new one. This will make the result look much better. So, don’t shy away from this effort and the costs.
How to apply car wax correctly?
The methods of applying car wax differ slightly for each manufacturer. So please follow the instructions in the product manual first. In this way, we can avoid gross errors in application.
What does car wax comprise?
Car wax comprises various ingredients. These can be synthetic or natural. Natural waxes include white beeswax, coconut oil, propolis, jojoba oil, almond oil or the expensive carnauba wax. Beeswax is easier to process than higher quality carnauba wax, but is not as resistant. Mixtures of different wax are usually used to combine the positive properties.
How long does car wax last?
Depending on how the car is stressed or how often you use and wash it, car wax can last several weeks or even months. But which car wax lasts the longest? Usually more expensive hard wax lasts up to 3 months longer than spray wax. Spray and liquid wax have to be renewed after a few car washes. Depending on how often you wash your car and the weather it is exposed to, you must renew the wax after a few weeks or a few months.
How do I remove car wax?
To apply new wax and protect the paintwork from elements, it is necessary to remove the old wax first. You should first wash the exterior with a good car shampoo that does not contain wax to remove any dirt or grime. Then apply thinner, silicone remover or any other removal product and de-grease the surface by rubbing it with a microfiber cloth.
Is a nano (ceramic) sealing useful?
To increase the beading effect, a nano coating can be useful. The structure of the surface is coated with nano-particles, which are smaller than dirt and water particles, so it makes the contact to the surface more difficult. This way water and dirt slide off the surface more easily.
What is the purpose of car wax?
Just like those lines on your face, a muted or weathered paint can make the car look years older. It doesn’t matter whether the car needs to look neat for professional reasons, whether a resale is pending or whether a car enthusiast puts car care before everything else. They all have the same goal – a car whose paint looks like new.
The classic first aid measure in case of a dull car paint is usually a thorough car wash. If the intervals between car washes are very long and dirt such as bird droppings or rust film adheres to the car paint for too long, it can permanently damage the paintwork. The consequences are usually a repainting or complex vehicle detailing, which puts a lot of strain on the wallet.
The only effective remedy is regular sealing and conservation with car wax. Car waxes are an elementary means of paint maintenance in car care and vehicle detailing.
How does car wax work?
The wax coats the paintwork with a colorless protective layer and thus protects it from environmental soiling such as insects, tar, road salt, or bird droppings. Depending on the product, the protective film created by the applied wax offers long-term protection of up to several months. The protective effect depends on the wax, the amount of wax applied and the frequency of use. A regularly maintained wax film also allows the rainwater, which can leave dirt particles behind, to run off with no problems.
Which types of wax are available?
We divide car waxes into two categories – hard waxes and spray waxes. Both types of wax have their advantages and disadvantages. While hard waxes provide more effective paint protection, we can apply a spray or liquid wax with much less effort. Let’s take an example of skin care products. While we can apply hard wax like a kind of sunscreen cream, a spray wax reminds us of a sun protection spray.
One of the most popular car waxes is carnauba wax. This hard wax is a purely natural product and is extracted from the leaves of the Brazilian carnauba palm. The carnauba wax stands out from other car waxes because of its high hardness and its high melting point of over 80 degrees. As a component of paint care products, carnauba wax provides a deep shine that any other paint care product can not achieve.
How does application of car wax differ from polishing?
Before you come to the point of applying the car wax to the paint, it is necessary to clean the paint surface thoroughly. If you have done the preliminary cleaning for car care, you can start with the paint sealing or polishing. Then apply the car wax and spread it with a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth.
In contrast to car polish, which mainly improves and repairs the paintwork, the wax closes the pores of the paint and therefore has a water-repellent effect. We can apply car polish and wax by hand or using a polishing machine.
For optimum protection and shine, it is advisable to polish and seal with a suitable wax product. However, the polishing machine requires practice and should not be used by non-professionals.
Buying advice for car waxes: the most important criteria
To protect the paintwork of your car, we recommend sealing it with wax after a few car washes.
There are different waxes for car care: hard wax and spray wax. The former offers better protection but takes longer to apply. Liquid wax without spray is also easier to apply than hard waxes.
To ensure that the applied wax is evenly distributed and no stains appear after application or spraying, use a lint-free cloth and smoothen the surface.
Car wax serves to protect, seal, and maintain the surface of the car paint. It thus protects against wear and tear and rust so that the vehicle can shine for a long time and remains roadworthy. Car wax therefore fulfills both a technical and an aesthetic purpose.
Expensive products offer better gloss and protection
If you attach great importance to the exterior of your vehicle, you may want a product that offers a high gloss and is durable. High-priced products offer both protection and a beautiful shine. However, if you want a cheaper product, it may give a beautiful gloss but could be less durable.
Choice of wax: spraying or polishing
As already mentioned, you can choose between hard wax and spray wax. It is up to you whether you place more emphasis on weather resistance or rather on short-term shine. The car-wax exposure time for spray wax is shorter, but it does not offer the longer lasting protection of hard wax. If you attach great importance to protection, a hard wax is probably your best choice.
The price-performance ratio: Pay attention to the quantity
If you want to find the best car wax for your needs, also pay attention to the price-performance ratio.
Natural hard wax with a high proportion of carnauba wax is expensive, but is of the highest quality and protects your paintwork for a particularly long time.
Synthetic spray wax costs the least, but the protective effect lasts less long. As a result, apply synthetic spray wax more often.