Keep your car’s paint well protected with these top-shelf car wax kits

Just like our skin, a car’s paint job is exposed to a lot of external factors. And while we get to wear clothes that offer some degree of protection, the same doesn’t hold for your car.

Luckily, there are ways of protection your car’s paint as well as wheels, mirror housings, and even windows via other solutions than keeping it inside a garage. More often than not, the go-to product when it comes to car paint protection is the humble car wax. That’s step one. Step two is picking something from the gazillion products out there. Yeah, we know, that particular something has to be the best there is and also fit your budget. This is where this list comes into play.

0Meguiar’s G18216 Ultimate Liquid Wax

The Ultimate Liquid Wax is based on the ThinFilm tech developed by Meguiar’s, which lets you easily apply the wax even in the sun. What’s more, the polymers found in this synthetic wax amps up reflectivity and at the same time increases surface tension, so water droplets will roll right off your car. The Ultimate is also safe on all glossy paints and clear coats, just make sure to give your car a thorough wash before applying the wax, as dust and other particles might prevent the wax from bonding with the paint. Get it for $19 on Amazon.

Chemical Guys WAC 201 Butter Wet Wax

Chemical Guys took a different approach with the WAC 201 Butter Wet wax. Essentially a mix of natural Carnauba (Brazil wax), polymers, and resins, the WAC melts into any sort of paintwork like butter - hence its name. Best thing about it, though? You can apply it on most non-textured surfaces, such as painted wheels, chrome bumpers, and stainless steel exhaust tips for extra protection against the likes of water, bird droppings, and road tar. Get it for $18 on Amazon.

Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All Wet

The Was Wax All Wet from Aero Cosmetics is one of the best wax treatments your car can get. It’s biggest advantage is that it can be applied and wiped dry pretty much everywhere, from parking lots to garages to your driveway. The product is also bio-degradable, it also removes dirt stains without scratching the paint and the coating it leaves is anti-static, non-stick, and UV-protective, too. Last but not least, you can safely apply it on a various range of surfaces, such as:

  • paint
  • gel coat
  • glass
  • chrome
  • aluminum
  • plastic
  • rubber
  • leather
  • vinyl
    Get it for $28 on Amazon:

P21S 12700W Carnauba Wax

The second Carnauba-based car was to make it to our list is the P21S 12700W wax that comes as paste/cream with a buttery texture. One of its selling points is the high level of gloss it gives to your car’s paint job and the fact that you can apply it by hand. It buffs out quickly and doesn’t leave powdery residues, and the manufacturer also swears by the wax’s ability to not leave white stains on black plastic and rubber. Mind you, though, that bad weather will see the wax coating degrade rapidly - that’s also true for heavy rain, so you’ll probably have to re-apply it more often. Get it for $38 on Amazon.

Car Guys Premium Liquid Wax

Unlike some of the entries here, the Premium Liquid Wax from Car Guys only needs to be applied once or twice every year. The product is a fully-synthetic polymer sealant that mixes the buttery texture of Carnauba-based waxes with the durability and protection normally offered by a paint sealant. Other than cars, you can use it for motorcycles, RVs, boats, and even airplanes - for those lucky enough to own one. It’s also suitable for glass and rims, chrome bits and bobs, and stainless steel. Get it on Amazon.

Meguiar’s G7014J Gold Class Carnauba Plus Premium Paste Wax

The Gold Class stands out mostly thanks to the neat finish provided by the carnauba and the top-shelf UV protection it offers, on par with what you get from a synthetic-type wax. Meguiar’s says the G7014J won’t hurt the clear paint coating and on top of that, it can be applied on various surfaces easily thanks to a soft foam applicator provided in the package. Check it out on Amazon.

Meguiar’s A2216 Deep Crystal Carnauba Wax

Yes, another Meguiar’s product. But if you don’t get along with the pasty version of carnauba wax, then the Deep Crystal might be what you need. Since it’s more liquid-y, there’s less hassle when applying it and on top of that, it’s a tad cheaper. Meguiar’s says this doesn’t affect the wax’s deep-finish effect properties and you’ll be in for the same level of protection offered by a more traditional carnauba mixture. Plus, it is free of abrasive chemicals. Check it out on Amazon.

Collinite No. 845 Liquid Insulator Wax

If you are not into pasty waxes, then this one’s definitely for you. Collinite’s No. 845 is easy to apply and protects the surface from a variety of unwanted elements, including the likes of UV rays, rain, snow, dirt, grime, and bugs. Heck, it’s even suitable for boats, ski jets, and RVs. It’s also handcrafted and bottled in the USA, so quality should not be an issue, as Collinite has a century-long history in making car care products. Get it for $19 on Amazon.

OPT SW2008P Optimum Car Wax

Perfect for surfaces such as paint, clear coat, chrome, glass, and even plastic trim, the OPT car wax is easily applied via the spray-on mechanism - a full car wax shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Besides the nice shine it brings to the table, the spray formula lasts for up to five months. Oh, and it has no hazardous chemicals or solvents, only high-grade carnauba wax and a polymer sealant that will keep your car’s paint safe from bird droppings and acid rain, among other elements. Get it for $17 on Amazon.

Griot’s Garage 10962 Spray-On Wax

Another no-nonsense, does-the-job spray-on wax. Griot’s Garage formula is best employed right after you’ve washed and rinsed your car. On top of that, it also has the ability to boost the existing layer of wax, while at the same time providing gloss and extra depth to the paint. This is still a carnauba-based wax, mind you, but it’s designed for people who don’t like to get their hands dirty and don’t have a lot of time to spend waxing their cars. Get it for $14 on Amazon.

What is the best car wax?

Well, as you’ve seen in the list above, there are a lot of very good options when it comes to car wax. It depends really on what you’re after - some like the pastiness of carnauba, while other like their carnauba diluted in a more liquid formula. Plus, some people enjoy the process of waxing their car, while others want to get it over with as quickly as possible. We reckon you’ll find what suits you best among the products highlighted above.

What is the best car wax to use on a car?

Synthetic polymers tend to last longer (up to two or even three years) while carnauba-based wax offers the best visual effect - that deep, rich, wet look that’s so sought after these days. On the flipside, carnauba washes off in a matter of weeks (six to eight), so you’ll have to apply it a lot more often.

What is the best car wax in the world?

Again, there are different kinds of car wax for different kinds of customers. Each has its ups and downs, that’s why it’s hard to pin down a particular brand or type.

What is the best wax for a black car?

A good wax will do the job even on a black car, so there’s no particular brand that addresses black paint alone. Choosing your wax isn’t constrained by the color of your car, but by what you’re looking to get from the said wax and, to some extent, how much you want to spend on car wax.

What is the best car wax for scratch removal?

Car wax won’t remove the scratches on your car. In fact, think of the car wax as a prevention method, rather than a scratch treatment. If you are, however, dealing with a lot of scratches on your car, you might want to look for a car scratch remover.

What is the best one-step car wax?

That would be Meguiar’s A2216 Deep Crystal Carnauba Wax, but as a rule of the thumb, car waxes that come as a liquid formula in a spray-on-ready bottle are the easiest to apply.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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