To keep a car shiny and new, most people prefer waxing. It’s hard to say which is better between liquid waxes and paste waxes as they both have pros and cons.

Liquid and paste wax comparison

Paste Wax

Paste waxes are mostly carnauba-based with additional abrasives and solvents in their compositions. It is usually applied by hand in small circular strokes using an applicator pad. There are two types of carnauba paste wax: one that is yellow colored and a low-cost white paste wax that is less concentrated. Although the use of paste wax is complicated and requires some elbow grease, the end results are extraordinary. Another reason why paste wax is appreciated over other types of waxes is because paste wax is thicker, and thicker waxes are better at filling in microscopic scratches.

Liquid Wax

For most people, speed is what matters when they use liquid waxes. Liquid waxes are easy to apply and requires less physical exertion. They may contain natural waxes such as carnauba but mostly contain synthetic polymers.

Paste waxes are good for older paint jobs as it needs more work. On the other hand, if your car is new, you want to use a wax that will be gentle on the paint. Hence liquid wax is a good option.


  • You may choose liquid waxes rather than paste waxes, if you have a newer car or a well-preserved finish.
  • Wax jobs are performed faster with liquid wax.
  • Paste wax has greater amounts of solvents and is effective at removing embedded contaminants.
  • Paste wax can fill in light scratches better as they have more silicones and natural waxes.
  • If your car has been exposed to these climatic factors, e.g., sun or dust erosion, it is always advisable to use paste wax.
  • You can find both liquid and paste waxes with UV protection.
  • The paste wax can be a good filler for a deep scratch preventing corrosion of the base metal.
  • Any kind of wax coating is better than no layer of wax during winters as it protects against road salt.