10 Best Car Wax Consumer Reports 2019

Most people take a lot of pride in the appearance of their car, especially since cars can cost so much money. If you take good care of your vehicle and maintain it properly, it can look great for many years to come. One of the best ways to take care of the outside of your car is to wax it regularly.

Wax not only makes the car look new and shiny but can also add a layer of protection from the elements. This can be especially beneficial for those who live in climates with lots of rain, snow, and other types of precipitation.

Top 10 Car Wax

Bestseller No. 1
Meguiar's G18216 16 oz. Ultimate Liquid Wax
1536 Reviews
Meguiar's G18216 16 oz. Ultimate Liquid Wax
  • ONE EASY STEP: Formula delivers maximum synthetic protection, durability, depth of color, and reflectivity in...
  • EFFORTLESS APPLICATION: Thin Film technology provides for easy application and wipe off even in full sun, and...
Bestseller No. 2
Chemical Guys WAC_201_16 Butter Wet Wax (16 oz)
1578 Reviews
Chemical Guys WAC_201_16 Butter Wet Wax (16 oz)
  • 100 percent carnauba-based wax
  • New formulation for even easier application
Bestseller No. 3
Turtle Wax T-223 Super Hard Shell Paste Wax - 9.5 oz.
240 Reviews
Turtle Wax T-223 Super Hard Shell Paste Wax - 9.5 oz.
  • Legendary Super Hard Shell protection and shine
  • The leading car wax in the world
Bestseller No. 4
Collinite 845 Insulator Wax
1020 Reviews
Collinite 845 Insulator Wax
  • Combines high Gloss shine and legendary durability
  • Collinite #1 selling, "most talked about" Product
Bestseller No. 5
Wet or Waterless Car Wash Wax Kit 144 oz. Aircraft Quality for your Car, RV, Boat, Motorcycle....
2051 Reviews
Wet or Waterless Car Wash Wax Kit 144 oz. Aircraft Quality for your Car, RV, Boat, Motorcycle....
  • SIMPLY THE BEST WATERLESS CAR WASH. Gently Cleans and Protects while leaving a Non-Stick UV Protective Coating...
  • High performance Aircraft Quality Wax for your Car, Boat, and RV. ONCE YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE YOU WILL NEVER...
Bestseller No. 6
Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste Wax - 11 oz.
536 Reviews
Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste Wax - 11 oz.
  • ONE EASY STEP: Formula delivers maximum synthetic protection, durability, depth of color, and reflectivity in...
  • EFFORTLESS APPLICATION: Thin Film technology provides for easy application and wipe off even in full sun
Bestseller No. 7
CarGuys Liquid Wax - The Ultimate Car Wax Shine with Polymer Paint Sealant Protection! - 8 oz Kit
828 Reviews
CarGuys Liquid Wax - The Ultimate Car Wax Shine with Polymer Paint Sealant Protection! - 8 oz Kit
  • - ONLY APPLY 1-2 TIMES A YEAR! - Are you tired of using products that look great, but don't last? You won't...
  • - SUPER EASY TO APPLY AND BUFF! - No professional needed! See why all our customers rave at how it's so simple...
Bestseller No. 8
Turtle Wax 50834 1-Step Wax & Dry-26 oz. Double Pack with Microfiber Towel, 52. Fluid_Ounces, 2
309 Reviews
Turtle Wax 50834 1-Step Wax & Dry-26 oz. Double Pack with Microfiber Towel, 52. Fluid_Ounces, 2
  • Includes (2) 26oz. Wax & Dry Spray Wax and (1) Bonus Microfiber Towel
  • The quickest, easiest way to a high gloss Turtle Wax shine - just wash car, spray and dry
Bestseller No. 9
Viking Car Care Microfiber Applicator Pads - Blue - 6 Pack
1365 Reviews
Viking Car Care Microfiber Applicator Pads - Blue - 6 Pack
  • 5" in diameter
  • Evenly distributes waxes, polish, protectants, and dressings
Bestseller No. 10
Meguiar’s G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax, 15.2 Fluid Ounces
791 Reviews
Meguiar’s G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax, 15.2 Fluid Ounces
  • Ultimate spray wax with hydrophobic polymer technology creates a deep wet-look shine you would normally expect...
  • With relentless water-beading protection that lasts for weeks, Ultimate Quik Wax offers Meguiar's...

A quality car wax can be one of the best ways to protect the paint job on your car. Most types of car waxes can be used on any type of automotive paint, including clear coats. Whether you own a classic car with an expensive paint job on you want to keep your daily driver looking great, a wax product can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to do this at home. Most types of car wax are easy to apply and many can even be used in full sun without having negative effects on the results.

Car Wax Buying Guide

Before buying a car wax, be aware that premium car wax brands don’t necessarily hold up any better than lower-priced alternatives, based on our latest tests. In fact, some moderately priced liquids scored near the top of our Ratings—better than some products costing twice as much.

Still, none of the 19 products tested were good enough to be Rated excellent, with most showing signs of deterioration within a few weeks. We also found that pastes performed no better than liquids overall, though the two top-scoring pastes were the only waxes to rated excellent for durability. Both wax types had similar scores for ease of use.

We did not evaluate spray-on/wipe-off products this time, because earlier tests have shown them to be less effective for cleaning, to be ineffective against weather, and to rate the worst for durability. They’re best only for newer finishes and if you wash and wax frequently.

How to Choose

Throughout this report, we will refer to the products as car waxes, rather than polishes. In part, this is for clarity, but also, the words “wax” and “polish” are often used interchangeably by makers of the products. Both describe a product that provides a glossy and protective coating, and may or may not remove oxidation and embedded contaminants. Products labeled “cleaner wax” may be somewhat abrasive and can actually remove some paint from the surface of the vehicle.

Consider the Age of Your Car
If it’s one or two years old or still has a good finish, an easy spray wax might be all you need. But keep in mind that these products wear out the quickest, and they are best suited to weekly or special-occasion applications. While a quick spray-wax treatment can freshen the vehicle’s appearance, no wax will truly improve the shine on a newer car.

If you don’t plan to replace your car for a while, waxing will help preserve the finish over time. If you have an older car or one whose finish has already begun to oxidize or has embedded grime, you may want to consider a product that scored high for cleaning to help bring back and maintain the finish. Liquid waxes proved the best in cleaning.

Watch Out for Abrasion
Waxes can be abrasive, and the tiny particles in car waxes or harsh chemicals can leave fine scratches or a haze on your car’s finish. Dark-colored vehicles show scratches more easily than lighter-colored ones. If you own a black or dark-colored vehicle, be especially wary of products that scored low in our scratching and hazing tests. The same abrasiveness can make clear-coated surfaces look hazy or cloudy when the finish is marred by fine scratches, giving the paint a duller look than before waxing. Most wax packaging indicates whether a product is safe for clear-coat finishes.

Consider how Much Plastic Is on Your Car
Some waxes can leave a visible residue on non-glossy, porous plastic parts such as bumpers, plastic body panels, and door trim. Those parts are often black or gray, and some newer cars may have a lot of them. If that sounds like your car, choose a product that scored well in our compatibility-with-plastic tests. Once wax gets on those surfaces, it may be necessary to use a commercially available plastic cleaner to get rid of it.

Waxing Tip

Test the Wax
Before waxing your car with any product, we recommend you first try using it on an inconspicuous area such as a doorjamb. And regardless of how hard you work, how much you spend, or what longevity claims manufacturers make, don’t expect any wax to last indefinitely. Even the best products we tested lasted no more than a few months.

Stop Using Those Old Rags
What you use to wax your car can make the job easier. We have found that the terry cloth rags people often use for waxing can make it significantly harder to remove residue than micro-fiber rags, which are widely available at auto parts stores, big-box chains, and even supermarkets. Normally sold in packages of five or ten rags, for a modest price they can easily be worth it.

Washing and Waxing Your Car 
• Before waxing, thoroughly wash and dry the car using a cleaning solution designed for automotive finishes.

• Never wash or wax a car in direct sunlight or if the paint is hot to the touch. The sun can soften the paint and make it more susceptible to scratching.

• Use a lambs-wool mitt for washing and applicator pads or micro-fiber towels for waxing. Do not use rags for washing; they can trap dirt and scratch the finish.

• Synthetic fabrics and brushes can also scratch a car’s finish.
Wash and wax in small sections. This saves time, and if the soap or wax stays on too long, it can be difficult to remove.

• With washing or waxing, start at the top and work your way down. Lower surfaces are the grimiest and can contaminate your mitt or cloth, risking scratches.

Waxing won’t improve the shine on a new car but can offer protection against tree sap, bird droppings, and other environmental factors. Paste waxes are often regarded as offering better protection than liquids, at the cost of being more difficult to use.

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