Black Car Wax:
Fact or Fiction!

Black car wax is one of these areas of the auto detailing world that is based on the power of suggestion. The suggestion is that a car wax made using black wax, or black colored car wax, should deliver better results for anyone working on a black car.

This logic is easy to follow, but like so many other areas of car paint care, much of what we have been lead to believe is based more on someone's personal agenda rather than facts based in experience. Any surfing session on the Internet, visiting the hundreds of car care forums will quickly reveal the world is not lacking in opinions. Answers to specific questions will produce almost as many answers as there are people giving them! Many people find themselves frustrated knowing where to turn for reliable and honest answers.

Black Car Paint:
The Love-Hate Relationship

Whether this is your first time or not, owning a black car quickly reveals itself as a love/hate relationship; you love the way they look clean, but hate how quickly they become dirty!

black car wax on a black BMW

This BMW on the left is an amazing example of black paint done right; and no, I didn't use black car wax.

While you are not a professional, there are things you can do to get the kinds of results normally reserved for veteran professionals. Before you rush out and start shopping for what you have determined to be the best car wax for black cars, be sure to follow along as I also lay out some added strategies I use professionally that you can use to get better results yourself.

Black Car Wax:
Q. and A.

Q - Does colored black car wax really work better than traditional car waxes?

turtle wax black car wax

A - Yes and no. Wax by nature fills and conceals ultra fine and superficial scratches and blemishes. It does this in a large part by creating a uniformed reflective surface that helps diminish these superficial scratches and blemishes. If you are dealing with random and deep scratches, then colored car wax or black car wax "kits" can offer temporary aid in diminishing these deep forms of scratches in the car paint, but you must remember, that this serves as a temporary fix at best.

Q - Is there any other forms of black car wax I could use?

A - Yes. There are limited companies that make colored black car waxes; Zymol has a wax called Ebony that is engineered for cars with black paint and no clear coat to it.

zymol black car wax

This Zymol to the left is an example of colored black car wax. I can't speak for you, but if this whole colored car wax thing was actually legit, then why are not more companies making waxes to match the actual color of all the car paints out there, rater than just black or white cars. As I have also seen car waxes "specially" formulated for white cars.

If in fact this black car wax from Zymol is labeled as a specially formulated black wax for black cars that don't have clear coat, then what good is it since virtually every car on the road made since the mid-eighties will have a clear coat?

I have to come to the conclusion just through critical thinking that this is yet another form of marketing hype.

"So Darren, if this colored car wax thing is all a bunch of industry hype, what do you recommend as the best wax for black cars?"

Glad you asked.... 

Best Wax for Black Cars:
Reducing it down to the simple...

  • Any wax can be used on any color of car.
  • As a rule, any paste wax will deliver the best in visual performance. (as opposed to a spray or liquid wax product)

Use any of the secure links below to choose from among my picks for top-rated car waxes for black cars. (and yes; any of these waxes will also perform with superior results on any colored black car wax)

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)

Black Car Wax:
Darren's Professional Tip

Let me add a little tip from my professional world. Working on black cars is also a love-hate relationship and can often be very tricky. While virtually any other car paint color will be far more forgiving, when it comes to waxing a black car, everything will be a determinant regarding the results you will be able to produce.

Here are a few of my additional tips:

Best wax for a black car on this Porsche carrera

  • Any of the wax products from above will deliver excellent results.
  • Always refer to the labeling for manufacturers directions as a starting point. (they are the one's who formulated the stuff, so at least start with their directions before you start breaking the rules)
  • The differences between them will be subtle (except the price) and will be mostly about the user experience rather than the actual performance with regards to visual results. (as a rule, you do get what you pay for. So the more you are willing to pay, generally the better user experience as well as the better finished result)
  • While all these waxes can actually be used in direct sunlight (some actually say you can; some will advice against it), you will have an easier time applying the wax on a shaded surface out of the direct sunlight.
  • As a rule, most beginners think that "more is better". This is not the case and that idea should be dismissed as you will find yourself creating additional work for yourself. All that is needed is a very thin film of wax during application.
  • The preferred "tool" for removal is a micro fiber cloth, not a baby diaper. (that is so 2 decades ago)
  • You can either wax your entire car, then come back around and remove. Or go from panel to panel to apply and remove. It will make no difference with these products as to how long you allow them to remain on your car paint. Leaving the wax to sit on your paint before removal will not add any additional level of protection of visual enhancement. (despite the opinions of your well, but misinformed friends, or what the label says. If you are one of those extra, extra thorough kinda person, then simply reapply a second coat for your peace of mind.)
  • You can apply and remove car wax in any pattern of your choosing. Unless you are using an abrasive cloth, applying any car wax in a circular pattern will not produce swirl marks. (once again, despite what you may have heard or read from other so-called experts)
  • Layering wax (repeated wax applications within same period of time) will not produce additional layers of wax or create wax build-up. If this was actually possible, you could eventually transfer all the wax from the container and build up the same opaque effect on your car, thus hiding the color of your paint all together. You will have either been diligent enough to cover each panel fully with a thin layer as described, or you haven't. If you suffer from OCD and want to apply a "few good coats of wax" just to be safe, then by all means have at it. Whatever it takes make sense of your world. Just know it is not going to create additional protection.
  • Make sure your paint has been washed and you have used the clay bar to remove embedded pollutants from your paint prior to the wax application. (this is often overlooked by people and is a very critical step to truly silky, smooth paint)
  • I recommend apply any of the above waxes every 4-6 months and use the below spray wax product in between wax applications. (see added tips below)

Waxing a Black Car:
That final step of perfection

black car wax on a black porsche

Waxing a black car is tricky under the best of circumstances as black paint will reveal any flaw or imperfection of the paint, and your workmanship in the waxing process.

Not only is paint different from car to car, but the weather itself will affect the process and the end results.

I recommend the following product from Meguiar's regardless of the brand of wax you choose from above:

Meguiar's Quik Spray Wax

Meguiar's G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax

  • After applying and removing any of the car waxes from above, use this product as the last step product (LSP) to remove any trace streaking that may have occurred during your waxing efforts.
  • Use as a wax extender after each car washing as often as you are willing. This will extend the life of your base coat of wax, and create that just waxed look in a fraction of the time that traditional waxing requires.
  • Can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint.
  • Non-staining formulation. ( I actually use this wax on black trim specifically to enhance and protect. Trust me on this; you will be amazed)
  • Think of this spray wax as a replacement for any quick detailer you have. Now you have the ease of a quick detailer, while applying a small level of wax.

I hope the information on this page has not only cleared up your opinion on shopping for a top rated black car wax, but has added additional help when it comes to waxing black cars in general.

After all; there really is nothing quite like a black car waxed to perfection!


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