Finding the best car wax will be a frustrating job for most of you. The problem started by how you found this page in the first place by doing a search for the best car wax.
In order to find the best of anything, first you must define what "best" means to you. Regardless of the area of life you are talking about, the best really comes down to the fine balance that will represents what I call the "winning balance".
The Best Car Wax: The winning balance
If you are reading this then it is a good chance that you understand that everything in life comes with trade-off's. You trade one feature or benefit for another feature or benefit you find more appealing.
You accept that no single product (in this case it's a car wax) will ever have every single feature and benefit you could imagine.
Certainly when it comes to choosing the best car wax you will be forced to determine what your priority list looks like:
Ease of use.
Natural or synthetic blend.
Paste, liquid, or spray.
The Best Auto Wax: What Would Darren Do (WWDD)
Many of my dedicated followers don't really want all the foundational information regardless of the topic. They simply want to know what I use or what I would do. If you are one of these people then you will find this first part helpful.
What I consider the winning balance of features and benefits
Formulated using non-technology (this allows for a "tighter" consistency and formulation since the development is done at such an extremely small particle size)
Actually contains "real" carnauba wax ( I put "real" in quotations only because of all the endless misleading and false labeling I see on many car care products that claim to be formulated with carnauba wax. I have personally confirmed this Q-7 wax has carnauba wax formulated into it, and you can actually see it within the formulation as it naturally collects around the top of the inner container. For this reason it is recommended that you shake the product before your application)
Non-staining formulation means you don't have to worry about getting it on black car trim
Can actually be used on black car trim to enhance and protect as you would on car paint (This was a very confusing concept for me when I was first introduced to this wax over 15 years ago. The formulator explained that modern day paint jobs (clear coats) is a form of plastic. He formulated this wax to work on modern day clear coat paint; which is a form of plastic. With that said, it is a natural byproduct that this wax cab in fact be used directly on black trim to enhance and protect it)
Thicker in consistency than most other traditional spray waxes (You feel like you are actually applying a product of substance)
Can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint (this is due to the product being formulated using true waterborne technology)
Darren's Tip: If you are looking for additional pop and protection to
your cars paint when waxing (and who isn't right?!) I recommend using
the CSI Q-7 Detailer as what I call a primer coat to use prior to
applying the Q-7 Wax.
Before applying he Q-7 Wax, use the Q-7 Detailer just below as a primer to not only enhance the shine, but to create a more lasting bond to your car with the Q-7 car wax
Apply the Q-7 Detailer to the applicator sponge (shown below) and then apply directly to your car paint PRIOR to any wax
Allow to haze up but don't remove
Now with a second applicator sponge, apply the Q-7 wax to the applicator sponge then directly on top of the Q-7 Detailer haze
Allow to haze and dry completely before removing with a clean micro-fiber cloth
Use to apply the Q-7 Detailer and a separate one for the Q-7 wax
Spray either products onto/into pad face then spread onto car surface
One of the ways in which I decide what the best car wax is will be a
car wax I am willing to use more often, not less often. I don't care how
great a product may be; if I am unwilling to use it then it doesn't
matter how "good" it is.
What this has to do with finding a top
rated car wax is all about the user experience. I want a product with
what I consider a great user experience so I am willing to use more
often, not less often. The CSI Q-7 wax is just that: A great wax that is
easy to use and delivers great results. With that said, I also don't
have unrealistic expectations for this wax or any other wax for that
matter. I don't expect to think I am going to find some wax the world
thinks is the best car wax that I can apply to my neglected car paint
and have it magically transform my car in to a show piece.
was first introduced to the CSI Q-7 wax I was amazed and perplexed
simultaneously. I was amazed at the fact that I can use it in direct
sunlight on hot paint, and I was perplexed because of its ability to be
used on black plastic trim. I had always known from first hand
experience that you keep wax off black trim so it doesn't stain the
trim. And this was over 15 years ago that I happened upon this wax. It
is only recently that it has become available through Amazon.
began to use it professionally, I began to appreciate its benefits and
features more and more as I used it on many types of cars. Every car is
unique in the way they are made as well as the materials used in making
cars. Some cars have lots of black trim and rubber caskets, while others
have little to no black trim and rubber gaskets. This wax not only can
be used directly over black trim and any rubber/rubberized
moldings/gaskets found on different types of vehicles, but actually
enhances and adds protection to these materials.Thus making it a perfect example of what I consider the best car wax.
This wax can be
applied or used in two different ways: as a spray wax where you spray
onto surface, wipe in and immediately wiped off. (this is the way quick
detailers and waterless wash products are used) or it can be applied to a
foam applicator pad, then applied to paint surface, allowed to haze up,
then removed. The first method is quicker and slightly easier to
apply, but the second method will add more durability as it allows the
wax to "cure" or set up.
The point is that this wax is so
versatile when it comes to application, ease of use, and the ability to
use it on many types of materials.
The Best Car Wax: If you must...
I accept that many people want to stick with a name they are familiar with. I get this.
For this reason I am going to lay out my other top choices in car waxes that will also serve you well.
For those who demand the best of anything (hence the price)
As easy as easy gets!
Hand-crafted blend of both synthetic polymers and carnauba wax.
Smaller size of 3 oz. (trust me; this is plenty for any car owner. A very little goes a long way!)
One of the waxes I use professionally for those discerning customers. (that is code for picky)
Darren's Video Review: P21S Car Wax
Best Car Wax Summary
Most people like yourself find you are overwhelmed by the hundreds of
choices when shopping for a top rated car wax. You can spend hours
researching all the latest car wax reviews and still come away unable to
make a decision. For this reason I have done my best to simplify your
quest for the best car wax. Please add the following to your
understanding when it comes to getting maximum results:
Most people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to car wax and their cars.
No wax in the world will overcompensate for years of neglect or abuse.
Use detailing clay first on any car, regardless of condition. Removing the surface contaminants will help you achieve far better results and will be part of your ongoing maintenance.
I always recommend the least aggressive and easiest route first when it comes to auto detailing; if you are a beginner, try just using the detailing clay and one of these quality wax products first before you try to move forward with any other products.
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