The 10 Best Car Waxes to Buy in 2018

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Even if you wash your vehicle on a regular basis, you still need to apply a layer of wax once you are done. After all, car wax doesn’t just add shine to your car, it also provides the exterior with some much-needed protection.

However, as you have probably already experienced, it can be rather challenging to find the best car waxes – ones that actually live up to your expectations. So, we decided to take matters into our own hands and to search for the top products on the market ourselves.

Features to Consider in a Good Car Wax

The first thing that we want to do is to discuss all of the features that we looked at when determining what the best car waxes on the market were:

  • Ease of Application: we wanted to know how easily the wax could be applied to the surface of the car. We also took into consideration just how long the entire process took with each type of wax that we used.
  • Level of Protection: we examined how much protection each brand offered your car. This also gave us an idea of how long the protective effects of each type of wax would last after being applied to your car.
  • The Finished Result: finally, we rated the level of shine that each brand was capable of when properly applied to the surface of the cars.

Top 10 Best Car Waxes in 2018

1. Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax

Why we like it: The Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax can be applied easily using a variety of different tools and provides a wonderful shine.

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Composition
This car wax consists of synthetic polymer wax which provides a number of benefits to your car. This includes an extended level of protection for your vehicle and also ensures that the drying time after the application is a lot shorter as well.

Ease of Application
Due to the consistency of this wax, you will find that it is very easy to apply. This is especially true if you remember to use smaller amounts of wax while polishing your car. One of the perks of this product is that it can be applied either by hand or with the help of a power tool. Regardless of which method you rely on, you can be quite sure that you will end up with the same, great results.

The only real issue with this wax is when it comes time to remove the wax. This process can require a bit more elbow grease than when rubbing the wax in. So, you can expect this to be a slightly more tiring routine.

Level of Shine
You really will enjoy the shine that this liquid wax is capable of producing. Within just a short period of time, you will be able to polish the surface of your car so that it looks like brand new. This is because the polymers in the wax cross-link to reflect the sun for a mirror-like shine. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about any white residue appearing on the trim of your car either.

Level of Protection
The components in the wax also work together to offer your paint job some serious protection as well. It has hydrophobic polymer technology which increases the surface tension of the paint, causing water droplets to just roll off. Furthermore, this protection is a long-lasting one. So, even months after the first application, you can be certain that your vehicle will enjoy the same level of water repellency as before.

Pros
  • Easy to apply
  • Produces high shine
  • Protects from rain
  • Long lasting protection
Cons
  • Requires additional buffing to remove

2. CarGuys Hybrid Wax

Why we like it: The CarGuys Hybrid Wax goes on easily, doesn’t leave any streaks, and lasts for a long time, making it an excellent choice for car owners.

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Composition
For the most part, this wax is made up of synthetic polymers. However, it is also infused with natural, carnauba wax. As a result, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. The wax creates a smooth buttery feel while the polymers ensure that the wax remains on the surface of your car for as long as possible.

Ease of Application
What sets this wax apart from the others is that it can be used on a variety of different surfaces. This includes car paint, interior paint, plastic, glass, chrome, and more. So, you can easily rub it on any surface without having to worry about leaving behind a residue.

The only minor issue is that this wax has to be applied to a completely cooled car and in a cooler environment as well. Otherwise, you might find it a little tough to apply onto the paint. In the right conditions, though, it should only take you around 15 minutes to apply this. What’s more, it is an absolute breeze to wipe off as well.

Level of Shine
Not only can you expect a deeper shine with this car wax, you will also get a slick, smooth surface to boot. This is because the wax works at a molecular level, thus being able to produce a much deeper shine than with most other waxes.

Level of Protection
If you have to leave your vehicle out in the sun for long periods of time, you no longer have to worry about it. This car wax is equipped with UV protection and prevents the sun from deteriorating the paint in any way. The wax also creates a hydrophobic layer on your car. This means that all water droplets will bead up and roll off the surface rather than remaining there.

Pros
  • Easy to apply in right conditions
  • Long lasting protection
  • Protects from UV and water
  • Excellent shine
Cons
  • Has to be applied in completely cool environment

3. Turtle Wax Wax & Dry

Why we like it: The Turtle Wax Wax & Dry is incredibly simple to use and takes a lot of the hassle out of waxing and polishing your car.

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Composition
This car wax is a carefully formulated mix of protective polymers as well as carnauba wax. This is so that your car is provided with the shine quality afforded by the wax while also being treated to the long-lasting protection of the synthetic components. These ingredients make it a much more effective car wax.

Ease of Application
It is quite difficult to beat this car wax when it comes to ease of application. This is because, thanks to this wax, you don’t have to go through the typical processes when waxing your car. Instead, once you are done washing your car, you can immediately begin to apply the wax, while the car is still wet. It is only once the wax has dried that you have to begin to wipe the wax off.

As you can see, this feature ensures that you can wash and wax your car in just a few hours! Of course, it should be noted that this car wax doesn’t work too well for black cars. On this surface, there is a chance that water spots or streaks get left behind.

Level of Shine
If you want your car to look shiny and brand new then this is the wax to turn to. Not only is it simple to apply, you also get to notice the shine straight away. This wax also creates a smooth and slick surface that is capable of reflecting the sun’s rays, even more, improving the look of your car further.

Level of Protection
This car wax works as an excellent rain repellent. So, for a long period of time, you will be able to notice that all of the water droplets that hit the surface of your car will just bead up and roll away. This makes this wax a good option for your car if you live in a particularly wet region.

Pros
  • Incredibly simple to apply and wipe off
  • A good shine
  • Rain-repellent
  • Long lasting effects
Cons
  • May be some streaking with black cars

4. Collinite Auto Wax

Why we like it: The Collinite Auto Wax provides your vehicle with a shine and protection that lasts a long time after the initial application.

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Composition
The Collinite wax is in paste form and consists of both synthetic waxes as well as a high concentration of Brazilian carnauba wax. Thus, you can be certain that this product is a versatile one. The synthetic components create a more enduring coat while the natural wax adds an unbeatable shine and luster.

Ease of Application
Since this is a paste wax, there might be a bit more effort required of you. However, as long as you remember to use only a small amount of wax whenever applying to the surface of your car, there should be no problem.

The same thing goes for when wiping the wax off. By working a small area at a time, you will find that the wax easily comes off. So, to put it simply, the best way to use this car wax is to follow the instructions to the letter.

Level of Shine
Due to the considerable quantity of carnauba wax in this product, the shine produced is excellent. You also get a smooth surface that is better equipped to reflect light, making your car look good at any angle. Not only is the luster from this wax impressive, it is also long lasting to boot.

Level of Protection
This car wax provides the exterior of your car with an incredible level of protection from the elements. So, even if you frequently leave your car outside, you can be quite certain that this layer will last. To add to this, the wax is detergent proof which means that continuous washing will do absolutely nothing to damage the wax applied on the car.

Perhaps what really stands out about this wax, though, is its durability. With most other waxes, you can expect the protective layer to last around 3 to 6 months. With this wax, however, you can experience shine and protection for up to 9 months at a time.

Pros
  • Excellent durability
  • Good shine
  • Protects from the elements
  • Impervious to detergents
Cons
  • Requires effort to apply and wipe off

5. Adam’s Polishes Buttery Car Wax

Why we like it: The Adam’s Polishes Buttery Car Wax is a versatile and simple-to-apply-product which makes it easy to use on a regular basis.

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Composition
In this wax, you have carnauba wax infused with various advanced polymers. This has led to a wax that is thick, yet liquid, ensuring that it is easy to apply. What’s more, the polymers in the wax ensure that the life of the wax on your car is extended somewhat.

Ease of Application
When pouring this wax out, you will realize that its texture is rather different from most other waxes. While it is a liquid, it has a nice creamy feel to it. This is one of the reasons that this wax goes on quite so smoothly. True to its name, it will feel as though you are applying butter to the surface of your car. Due to this, you will also find it equally as simple to rub the wax off.

What’s more, due to the consistency and components of the wax, you don’t really have to worry about any residue being left behind. This is regardless of any surface that you might accidentally wax. However, what makes this wax such a breeze to use, though, is the fact that you can wax your car in any conditions at all. Whether it’s a hot or cold environment, the wax will still produce the same great results.

Level of Shine
One of our favorite features of this wax is that it actually manages to fill in minor imperfections in the surface of your paint. This means that the exterior of your car gets to look even better. Of course, the gloss and the shine from this wax are pretty incomparable as well. You will have a nice, sleek looking car at the end of the treatment.

Level of Protection
This wax also works well to protect your paint from a number of different factors, including the weather. The only downside here is that this wax doesn’t last too long – maybe a few months at most. So, it really is best-suited to people who wax or polish their car on a regular basis.

Pros
  • Versatile
  • Easy to apply and wipe
  • Great shine
  • Good level of protection
Cons
  • Doesn’t last for too long

6. P21S Carnauba Wax

Why we like it: The P21S Carnauba Wax provides the surface of your car with an excellent, long lasting shine and luster.

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Composition
This car wax is an interesting mix of carnauba wax as well as beeswax. The carnauba wax provides a bright and powerful gleam to the surface of your car. The beeswax, on the other hand, works to make this wax easier for you to apply. Unfortunately, this mix also means that this wax is more costly than most.

Ease of Application
Unlike most other paste waxes, the P21S product is actually rather easy to apply on your vehicle. As mentioned, this is largely thanks to the bees’ wax which makes it simpler to smooth the wax over the surface of the car. It is just as easy to gently wipe the wax away as well once you are done. Not to mention, there is no residue associated with this wax. So, even if you do happen to get some on the plastic components, it won’t look bad.

The only real complaint in terms of application is to do with the container. See, the tub, as well as the opening, is rather small which can make it tricky to get a traditional applicator in there. So, it can be a little bit tricky to get an even distribution of wax on the applicator.

Level of Shine
One thing that you can’t deny with this wax, however, is that it produces an incredible shine and luster. From the moment that you begin to rub into your car, you can tell that the exterior of your vehicle is going to look a lot better.

Level of Protection
The wax also forms a rather hardy, protective layer on top of the paint. Due to this, you can find that the paint is kept in good condition despite continuous exposure to the sun and the rain. The wax also lasts quite a while so you don’t have to keep reapplying it too often.

Pros
  • Easy to apply and wipe off
  • Produces excellent shine
  • Lasts for a longer time
  • Protects from elements
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Container is poorly designed

7. Mothers California Gold Liquid Wax

Why we like it: The Mothers California Gold Liquid Wax is an affordable, easy to apply wax that offers a considerable level of protection.

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Composition
This wax is composed of a 100 percent, pure carnauba wax which means that it is completely non-abrasive. So, not only is it safe to use on the surface of your car, you will have a high level of protection to look forward to as well.

Ease of Application
In its liquid form, this carnauba wax is actually rather easy to apply. It goes easily onto any applicator and can be spread across the surface of the car with minimal effort. You also don’t have to worry about any streaking or smudges as you do so.

You will, however, notice a minor issue with this wax is when it is time to wipe off. Here, you are going to have to put in a little bit more effort to get the wax off and to prevent any marks from remaining as well. So, in this case, it can be a bit frustrating to use.

Level of Shine
Now, from the moment that you begin to apply this wax, you will see that the surface of your car does look a lot better. However, you will also notice that one coat may not be enough to get the level of shine that you are looking for. If you do want a better shine, you are going to have to go with additional coats until you reach your desired effect.

Level of Protection
As far as protection goes, this car wax does do a good job of shielding your paint job from the elements. This wax is particularly effective against rain. When the water does make contact with the surface of the car, it simply beads up and rolls off quickly. The effect of this wax is also long lasting so you will get to enjoy the shine and protection for much longer without having to reapply the wax again.

Pros
  • Good level of protection
  • Durable
  • Easy to apply
Cons
  • A bit difficult to wipe off
  • Moderate shine with one coat

8. Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax

Why we like it: The Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax is incredibly easy to apply and wipe off and also offers up an incredible shine.

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Composition
This car wax is composed entirely of carnauba wax which is known to produce an excellent shine. However, this is a crème wax so although it has the same properties as the solid carnauba wax, it has a much greater viscosity as well.

Ease of Application
Due to the texture of this car wax, you will find it very easy to apply to the surface of your car. It will go on nice and smoothly, requiring very little effort on your part. At the same time, the wax can be wiped off just as easily. There will be no watermarks or streaks left behind at all and you will be able to manage this process very quickly. As a result, you will find waxing your car to be a much simpler task than before.

Level of Shine
Once again, thanks to the viscosity of this wax, you will be able to polish a beautiful shine into your car. With just a little bit of wax on your applicator, you will find that you are able to cover a large area with an equal level of shine in every area. The other perk with this wax is that it is incredibly forgiving as well. So, even if you happen to accidentally rub some into the plastic components of your car, you will not need to worry. The wax will easily come out.

Level of Protection
This car wax has been designed to offer even more extensive UV protection for your vehicle’s paint. So, even if you park in the sun for hours on end, there is no chance of the paint deteriorating in any way. Now, this wax does have a water repellent feature as well but unfortunately, it doesn’t last too long. In fact, the wax itself will only outlive the water repellency by a short life so you will need to reapply rather frequently.

Pros
  • Very easy to apply
  • Bright gleam and shine
  • Good protection from elements
Cons
  • Will not last too long
  • Water repellent features are limited

9. Formula 1 Car Wax

Why we like it: The Formula 1 Car Wax is perfect for creating an incredible shine and luster on the surface of your car.

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Composition
This car wax paste is entirely composed of carnauba wax. This means that you get to enjoy a high gloss shine to your car. The paste also contains micro-polishers which are meant to remove certain minor scratches while also improving the overall look of your car.

Ease of Application
Even though it is a paste wax, this product can be applied on the surface of the car fairly easily. However, once it is there you will find that it requires quite a bit of effort to actually build up a shine. So, you can expect to be at it a while until you actually get to the finish that you are looking for.

The other thing that you need to be careful about the amount of wax that you use as well. If you use too much, then you will find that it will be quite tedious to wipe the wax away. Only by using small amounts of the wax will this process become a bit easier to manage.

Level of Shine
The one advantage that you can’t deny with this car wax is the gleam and the luster that is produced. Sure, it may take a bit of elbow grease to create it but it will certainly be worth it when you see how amazingly shiny your car looks. Adding to the gleaming effects of the carnauba wax, the micro-polishers also help to further enhance the shine of the car while reducing many of the blemishes.

Level of Protection
This car wax provides protection from many of the elements and helps to repel water, in particular. The beading process means that the water rolls away the moment it touches the surface of the car, preventing water stains. What’s more, this is a long lasting wax and the effects can actually be noticed for up to 12 months at a time.

Pros
  • Incredibly long lasting
  • Super shiny result
  • Easy to apply
  • Water-repelling
Cons
  • Requires an effort to make it shine
  • Can take a while to wipe away

10. OPT Optimum Car Wax

Why we like it: The OPT Optimum Car Wax is an absolute breeze to use, making waxing your car a lot easier than before.

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Composition
This car wax is a combination of carnauba wax and polymer sealant. The carnauba wax is what lends the shine to this product while the sealant works to create a durable, protective layer on the top of your vehicle’s painted exterior.

Ease of Application
Since this car wax comes in spray form, it really doesn’t get any easier to apply. With just a few spritzes, you will be able to cover a good area of the car and rub the wax in without too much effort. This means that you will also get to build up a shine without too much effort as well. The only caveat is that you have to be careful about where you spray the wax. On darker trims, you may notice that it leaves behind stains.

The wipe down process is also as simple as the application one. With just a little bit of buffing, your car will look rather incredible. Not only does this mean that the waxing process will be a great deal more pleasant for you, you can also cut down on how much time it takes.

Level of Shine
The level of shine created by this wax is pretty exceptional. You will be able to create a deep, mirror-like surface which will reflect the light even better. As such, the surface of your car will look even shinier, regardless of whether it is day or night.

Level of Protection
This wax has been designed to offer the surface of your car quite a bit of protection. In fact, it should be able to keep your car safe from rain, sun, grime, and other contaminants. In this sense, you can be confident that your car will look great for as long as the wax lasts. Unfortunately, it is the longevity that you have to be concerned with this wax. It can last a few months at most before you have to reapply the layer for the same results.

Pros
  • Great shine
  • Easy to apply and wipe off
  • Protects from a number of elements
Cons
  • Will not last for too long
  • Can stain dark trims

Guide to Buying the Best Car Wax

In this section, we will discuss the various features that you need to know about in order to choose the best car wax for your vehicle.

Synthetic vs. Natural – What Should You Select?

One of the first decisions that you will need to make regarding your car wax is the type. This means that you will have to select either a natural car wax or a synthetic one.

Now, most natural car waxes are composed of carnauba wax. This is a vegetable-based wax and is great for people who want to apply the wax to their cars by hand.

The carnauba-based car waxes offer considerable protection from water, sun, and various contaminants. It is also not unusual to find the good quality waxes lasting from 3 to 6 months at a time.

Then, there are the synthetic waxes that are made up of lots of different polymers. These, too, provide excellent protection to your vehicle.

What’s more, these waxes also can last from 4 to 9 months and can be applied either by hand or machine.

Now, there are some people who believe that the carnauba wax offers a better shine or brilliance to their car. At the same time, there are others that prefer the synthetic version as it is easier to apply.

In the end, it is best to try both versions to see which one you appreciate more.

What Form is Best?

The next thing that you will need to do is to decide whether you want to use a paste, liquid, or spray wax. Now, you should keep in mind that each of these products has both advantages and disadvantages.

Paste Wax

While the paste wax is relatively simple to apply on your car and can be buffed rather easily too, the wipe-off process can be a bit tricky.

Here, you may need to put in a bit more effort to make sure that the end result is nice and even.

However, where this wax really stands out is in terms of durability. It is unlikely that you will need to reapply a layer for months after the initial application.

Liquid Wax

Then, there are the liquid waxes. They are easy to pour out but can be difficult to spread equally across the surface of the car.

So, you will need to be a bit more careful when working with this kind of wax. On the other hand, trying to wipe it off tends to be a bit easier.

These waxes are the best for slightly older cars that require a bit more work to be restored. Liquid wax will help to bring the shine back rather easily.

Spray Wax

Last but not least, you have the spray wax. In terms of application, there is no denying that this is the easiest wax to use.

In fact, you should be able to find that the duration of your waxing process is cut down rather considerably. Not to mention, this type of wax is easy to wipe off as well – in some cases, this step isn’t even required.

Where this wax doesn’t fare so well, however, is longevity. It will not last too long and you will have to reapply the wax rather frequently in order for your vehicle to maintain its shine.

This is why spray wax is often best used on new cars that don’t require a lot of upkeep.

Decide on the Right Level of Protection

Now, depending on the climate in your region and where you usually park your car, you will need a specific type of protection.

For instance, if you live in an area where you experience bright sunlight all year-round, then UV protection will need to be your top priority.

On the other hand, if you have to drive through the rain a lot, water-repellent features will be more important.

So, when choosing a car wax, make sure that it is capable of shielding your vehicle in the most effective manner.

Not only will the wax last longer as a result, the paint on your car will too.

Consider Versatile Waxes

You may have had the experience of applying wax to your car only to have some smear onto the plastic components. Here, it leaves a stain or a mark that isn’t easily removed.

Well, to avoid this type of situation, you should look for a more versatile car wax. This is a product that works well on a number of different surfaces.

So, even if you do have a minor accident, you will be able to clean the wax off without a problem.

Be Wary of Abrasive Substances

There are some car waxes that contain small particles that are meant to buff out imperfections in the paint.

Now, some of these are actually rather effective while others can scratch your paint even more.

If you do want to use a car wax with such properties, make it a point to look for very small particles. These are less likely to damage your car. You should also not use such waxes too often.

This concludes this section regarding car waxes. With all of the information presented here, you should be able to find a car wax that works really well for your vehicle.