Best Auto Wax:
Finding the Silver Bullet of Waxes!

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Looking for the best auto wax is a quest that any car fanatic will be forever chasing. As car fanatics with OCD tendencies, it would seem marketing and advertising is leading us by the nose and we are left feeling as though we are chasing our tails!

Having been in the professional world of auto detailing for over twenty years I can reassure you that you are not alone! In this over-hyped industry filled with bad and misinformed opinions, my goal is to keep it real and keep it least as simple as I can make it.

Why the Best Car Wax Doesn't Exist

Asking what the best auto wax is, would be the equivalent of asking what the best car is, or what the best food is, or what the best piece of clothing is... are you picking up what I am putting down here?

It's an over-simplified question!

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  • Are you looking for the longest lasting wax?
  • The easiest to use wax?
  • The wax that will produce the best gloss and shine?
  • A wax that will not stain black trim?
  • A wax that can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint?

Simplifying the Process

While I could bury you will a hundred different options in car waxes, I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem!

"I am willing to bet you would simply prefer to find and use a wax you know will perform rather than spend the next couple of hours reading review after review only to find you are no closer to your originally goal, and likely even more frustrated than when you began your search!"

The Good News

The good news is that due to advances in chemical engineering, the products of today are far superior to the products of yesterday. Now professional grade results are easily obtainable by choosing the right products along with a few important tips.

Best Auto Wax:
Visual Performance

Most people accept and understand the need for some protection on their car paint in the form of a wax or sealant, but most people also want the wax to produce as much shine and gloss as possible!

Every product you choose will have its own set of pros and cons. But with that said, there are certain types and brands of car waxes that will produce more shine and gloss while still having a healthy list of other benefits.

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - 16 oz.

  • Meguiar's most advanced wax ever.
  • Hydrophobic polymer technology. (hydrophobic means water-fearing. This is what creates the water beading effect)
  • Maximum protection and durability.
  • Cross-linking synthetic polymers. (cross linking is the process at the molecular level of chemicals to bond/link to one another)
  • The reviews are off the chart on this car wax. ( in a good way)
  • For those that prefer the ease of use that a liquid offers.
  • Considered retail to enthusiast grade.

Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax

Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste Wax - 11 oz.

  • Features thinfilm technology that that delivers the easiest application and removal.
  • Can be used in direct sunlight.
  • Will not leave white residue on black trim pieces.
  • Meguair's most advanced polymer technology in a paste version.
  • Is what is considered a WOWO. Wipe on, wipe off. You do not have to allow it to haze up before removal.
  • One of my personal favorites that represents one of the biggest balance of winning benefits of any car wax.
  • Could easily be voted best auto wax.

P21s Carnauba Wax

P21S 12700W Carnauba Wax

  • Considered enthusiast to professional grade.
  • Exclusive Carnauba-beeswax blend.
  • One of my professional favorites.
  • Won't leave white reside or stain black trim.
  • Can be finessed to be used in direct sunlight.
  • Amazing reviews.

Wolfgang Fuzion Estate Wax

Wolfgang Füzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax 3 oz. Mini

  • Considered enthusiast to professional grade.
  • Amazing user experience.
  • Hand-crafted blend of carnauba wax, German Super Polymers, and proprietary ingredients.
  • Won't leave white residue or stain black trim.
  • Amazing reviews.
  • For those that demand the best regardless of price.
  • Smaller container than traditional waxes. (don't be mislead by the smaller size for one. And also know that 3 oz. is plenty of wax to wax your car many times. Very little is needed to wax your car)

Best Auto Wax:
Darren's Simplified Approach

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In the end, most people still want to ask; "What do you use Darren?" Since I am forever testing more and more products, that would only confuse the subject.

But what I can do is lay out what I consider the winning balance of performance and the user experience without breaking the bank.

So follow along and I will give you a head start so you can get off the computer and get the "goods" into your hands and create that new level of shine in a more simplified approach.

  • Wash car in whatever manner you choose.
  • Decontaminate your car (see this auto clay bar link for a full description to this very important step)
  • Choose any of the paste waxes from above. ( I personally prefer the paste versions that will become the foundation of protection and gloss moving forward.
  • Use the Meguiar's synthetic Quik wax beow as your maintenance wax or wax extender after each car washing.

Meguiar's G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax

  • Can be used as often as you are willing to create that just waxed look in a fraction of the time.
  • I personally use on my own cars after each car washing as a maintenance wax that provides that just waxed look, but extends the life of my base coat wax application.
  • Can be used in direct sunlight, on hot paint.
  • Won't stain black trim and I actually use on all my black trim to slightly enhance and protect black trim pieces.
  • I promise; you will not be disappointed.
  • Can be used on/with any and all of the wax products listed on this page.

Best Auto Wax Summary

As car owners and car enthusiasts, we are buried in choices when it comes to products. Any trip down the car care aisle at the local retailer will put out into anxiety induced tail spin! I have done my best to simplify a frustrating area for many, and hope you find the winning combination of your choice as the top auto wax according to you and your needs.

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