Best Wax for Black Cars
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The best wax for black cars is a question that will deliver a different answer from as many people you are willing to ask.

Welcome to the digital age of information overload. Now anyone is just finger tips away from an ever expanding field of endless opinions from endless so-called experts!

"The best car wax in the world will do no good if it never makes it onto your car paint"

I find it interesting how many guys are willing to spend lots of time searching for the best car wax, then spending lots of money for the best car wax, only to find that the wax itself never makes it onto their cars!

I am sure this has never happened to you before, right?

I am willing to bet you have at a minimum at least half a shelf in your garage, if not more, of various types of waxes that all came with promises:

  • The best paste wax
  • The longest lasting wax
  • The best wax for black cars
  • The best wax for white cars
  • Etc., etc., etc.....

best wax for black cars

But every time you walk out into your garaage you are faced with the rude reminder that you now have a shelf full of the best car waxes...

...all collecting dust sitting in your garage on that one special shelf that sits eye level reserved for your private collection of the "best car waxes".

So I repeat:

"What good is the best car wax if that wax never makes it onto your car?"

I think it's a valid question and a question I plan on offering a solution for.

Best Wax for Black Cars:
What Would Darren Do (WWDD)

If you are here for he first time let me welcome you to the difference. The difference being a website all about auto detailing that promises to be not only a voice of reason, but a voice of reason that comes from over 30 years of professional detail experience.

Since this is not new for me, I will tell you what I often hear from my long term followers:

"Darren, I trust you and you have always lead me in the right direction. I don't want to learn all the nuances of a topic, I just want to know what you would do. Can you just tell me what you would do if you were me?"

To which I gladly respond!

The Best Wax for Black Cars
...actually the best wax for any car

CSI Q-7 Wax 16oz 62-204-P

  • What I consider the winning balance of features and benefits
  • One of the easiest and most versatile car waxes you will ever find
  • My "go-to" car wax as a professional for over 15 years (only recently has it been made available to the general public)
  • True waterborne technology (I could bore you tears about all the reasons why this is significant, but the most important reason it the waxes ability for you to apply it in direct sunlight on hot paint)
  • Nano-emulsified (this is a technical term thrown around a lot these days but is actually significant. This makes for a tighter consistency with the formulation that produces a superior car wax over more traditionally formulated of car waxes)
best wax for black ferrari

Q: Is there special waxes designed for waxing black cars?

A: Yes and no. The simple answer is no. The real answer is not about finding a dedicated car wax labeled as the best wax for black cars, but a top rated wax that you are actually willing to use.

Q: I heard paste waxes are the best kind of car wax?

A: Paste waxes as a rule used to provide the best in concealing and covering the superficial swirl marks and paint defects that show on black cars more than lighter colored cars. But with advances in chemical engineering (remember the part about nano-emulsified technology from above?) you can now have excellent covering and concealing in a spray wax that is far easier to apply and remove than the traditional paste waxes of the past.

Q: What about protection?

A: Life can often be reduced down to trade-off's. You trade one benefit for another in finding what you consider the winning balance of features and benefits. Paste waxes are generally accepted as the best for visual enhancement of your cars paint. Synthetic liquid sealants are considered the best in protection while sacrificing the ability to hide flaws like a paste wax. And a quality spray wax like my favorite from above is what I consider the winning balance between the pros and cons of any product.

Q: Will an application of car wax be all that is required to protect my paint?

A: Yes and no. Waxing your car does in fact offer a layer of protection while adding visual enhancement, but there is this stuff called air pollution. The tiny particles within the air contain contaminants that will bond to the surface of your cars paint. In the industry this is called industrial fall-out and will need to be removed occasionally as it builds up. It's not a requirement, but you just need to accept that if you don't decontaminate your paint to remove these bonded paint contaminants, you are waxing right over them.  I suggest you read up at my decontaminate your cars paint page.

waxing BMW M4

Q: What are the maintenance requirements of my car paint:

A: See this checklist:

  • Wash regularly: Ideally, once a week. But at least once a month.
  • Decontaminate your paint using detail clay: This will need to be done initially and on an ongoing basis. Expect do perfom this anywhere from every few months to as little as once a year.
  • Polish paint with buffer to correct on a permanent level any paint flaws: with today's buffers, even a complete beginner can perform car paint polishing for beginners.
  • Apply car wax for protection anywhere from 1-6 months based on your level of commitment and the conditions of which your car must endure. ( the more time it sits in the sun, the longer you allow dirt to remain on your car, the more frequently you will need to apply a new coat of the best wax for black cars.
  • Apply car wax for visual enhancement as often as you like: despite what you may have heard; there is no such thing as wax build-up. You will not rub the paint off your car either unless you are as heavy handed as a gorilla.
  • You do not need to apply your car wax with any special hand movements. Putting wax or taking it off in a circular motion is not going to put swirl marks in your car paint.

Darren's Tip: While you can simply use the Q-7 wax separately and by spraying directly onto car paint, buff with one side of a clean micro-fiber cloth, then flipping cloth over to buff to perfection, I also have an additional tips for you.

This tip will provide not only added visual performance but added durability in the form of additional protection:

  • Use the sponge applicator pads below; one for the Q-7 Detailer and one for the Q-7 Wax
  • Prior to applying the wax, apply the Q-7 Detailer directly to one of the foam applicators sponges
  • Allow to haze up but do not remove
  • Now apply the Q-7 wax directly to the second applicator sponge and then spread Q-7 wax directly on top of the hazed up Q-7 Detailer
  • Allow to haze up once again completely (don't rush this step. Allow the newly added wax to dry and haze up completely before removal)
  • Once the wax is dry, wipe off with a clean micro-fiber cloth for additional "pop" to the shine along with additional protection
  • The Q-7 Detailer acts as a primer to the Q-7 wax that allows the wax to bond much better to the paint surface for added depth, gloss, and protection (all due to the unique chemistry of these formulations)

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  • Use a dedicated foam applicator for each of the Q-7 products above
  • Spray directly onto applicator face, then spread evenly onto your car paint

Best Wax for Black Cars:
Darren's additional picks if you must...

best wax for red ferrari car

See the following list of top rated car waxes for use on black cars. All these waxes promise to perform. And while these car waxes are ideal for waxing black cars or trucks, they can be used on any car paint color.

This means you do not have to get a special wax for black cars and a special wax for light colored cars....despite what any car wax product might suggest.

Or the fact that you came here specifically looking for the best wax for black cars.

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - 16 oz.

  • Thin-Film technology delivers effortless application and removal.
  • Will not stain black trim and un-painted materials.
  • Creates a super hydrophobic (water fearing) barrier that allows for maximum water-beading results.
  • Can be applied in direct sunlight.
  • Advanced synthetic polymer technology.
  • Excellent reviews on Amazon

Darren's Tips: This is massively popular wax that delivers great results due to its user friendly experience. But I have yet to hear anyone label this as the best wax for black cars. The trade-off with this wax compared with the higher priced versions is an inability to cover or conceal imperfections like the more expensive paste waxes.

P21s Carnauba Paste Wax

P21S 12700W Carnauba Wax

  • One of my personal favorites.
  • Considered true professional grade (notice the pricing)
  • One of the paste waxes I use professionally.
  • Excellent for any colored car.
  • As easy as easy gets!
  • Excellent reviews!
  • Also another top rated wax many consider the best wax for black cars

Darren's Tips: I was turned onto this wax by a fellow professional detailer. I was truly amazed at how well this wax worked and the excellent user experience. Because of its carnauba formulation and it being a paste wax, makes this wax among the best car wax for black cars.

Wolfgang Fuzion Paste Estate Wax

Wolfgang Füzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax 3 oz. Mini

  • Professional and enthusiast grade.
  • 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)
  • The wax many hared-core enthusiasts consider the best wax for black cars

Darren's Tips: This paste wax is the most expensive on this page. As a rule, you generally get what you pay for and this wax many consider the best wax for black cars will deliver exception results, along with a great user experience. With that said, there is also this thing called "law of diminishing" returns. Which is a way of saying that as the price rises, the benefits drop off more and more compared to the rising price.

If you are on a budget, likely not the wax for you. But if you love the high-end user experience of products like this, then I know you will not be disappointed.

Best Wax for Black Cars:
Your checklist to success!

Since most people skim when reading I like to put a checklist to success at the bottom so you can read quickly over the note-worthy points:

  • A paste wax will be the type of wax you need as the best wax for black cars.
  • Apply as often as you like, but at least apply every 3-6 months.
  • Decontaminate your paint first at least one time! If you have never done this before you will not be able to fully appreciate the difference this can make to your cars paint.
  • To permanently remove blemishes with your cars paint you will have to polish the paint with a car buffer. The car waxes above (or any car wax product) will only conceal small amounts of car paint flaws, but will enhance the overall appearance. The good news is that car polishing can be performed by any beginner due to the latest in car buffers. See car polishing for beginners.
  • Only use a micro fiber cloth for the removal process. (diapers are so 2 decades ago!)

I hope you have learned a thing or two and now experience a new level of performance and user experience!

Finding the best wax for black cars is no easy undertaking with the endless voices and endless choices!


Darren Priest

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