Best Car Wax Review
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This Best Car Wax Review is designed to help you cut through the endless maze of advertising and marketing in choosing a quality car wax.

The reality is that the car care industry has most of us chasing our tails endlessly in search of the next "shiny object" that will separate you from your money!

While many of you out there may look for excuses to wax your car, most of us just want an easy to use car wax product that will deliver exceptional results without breaking the bank! But finding the best car wax in today's world of endless choices will often come down to your own personal tastes and the nuances of the specific brand of car wax you ultimately choose.

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"Darren, I am tired of this endless search for the best car wax! Everyone has a different opinion and the detail forums are filled with one so-called exert after another! Does it really have to be this complicated!"

Best Car Wax Review:
What Would Darren Do (WWDD)

So often I am simply asked "What would you do Darren?" So I am going to start with that.

"The best car wax to me is the car wax that you are willing to use more often, not less often"

Let me throw some logic and critical thinking your way.

Many guys read one best car wax review after another and often decide upon a rather expensive paste or liquid wax that seems like the best car wax. Only to find that the wax never makes it onto their car past the fist use as the wax has proven more difficult to put on and/or take off.

This wax then sits on your garage shelf collecting dust rather than making it onto your car paint.And it is for this reason that I offer up my favorite, sure-thing wax that represents not only an amazing winning balance of features, but the wax I find I am willing to use very often, not less often!

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

  • Easy on, easy off
  • Can be used in direct sunlight
  • True waterborne technology (this means that purified water is the actual "carrier" of the carnauba wax and other active ingredients unlike traditional car waxes that are often loaded up with silicones and solvents as the carrier)
  • Non-staining formulation (can be used directly over any black trim pieces without staining)

Darren's Tip: For super easy use, I simply spray this directly onto clean paint, wipe on with micro-fiber cloth, then flip cloth over and buff to perfection. I apply one section of the car at a time and work my way around the car. Simply make adjustments as needed based on the temperature of the paint, in direct sunlight versus cool,shaded paint.

Best Car Wax Review:
Taking your wax to the next level

If you want the ultimate in protection and gloss, you can follow the following tips:

CSI Q-7 Detailer Quart 62-205-Q

  • Can be used like any other traditional quick detailer
  • Can also be used as a "primer" when using the Q-7 Spray Wax
  • Can also be used as an interior detailer that is safe on any non-porous materials: Car leather, vinyl, plastic, dashboards, etc.

Darren's Tips: Use the Q-7 Detailer first to create a base "primer" before applying the Q-7 Wax. Simply use an applicator like the one below, spray the Q-7 Detailer onto applicator then apply in any pattern (circular, back and forth, etc) onto entire paint surface without removing. You will see a slight haze.

Now use a second applicator and spray the Q-7 Wax directly onto applicator and apply directly over the Q-7 Detailer haze. (once again, use any application pattern you want: circular, back and forth, etc.) Allow the Q-7  Wax to fully dry (this is important. Since it is waterborne technology, you want the water to completely evaporate to leave all the carnauba and active ingredients remaining before you wipe off)

Wax and Detailer Applicator Pads

Chemical Guys ACC_142 Dublo-Dual Sided Foam Wax/Sealant Applicators, 2 Pack

  • Safe and effective for applying spray wax or detailer
  • Use one for the Q-7 Wax and one for the Q-7 Detailer

Micro-Fiber Detail Cloths

Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels (36-Pack)

  • Ideal for use with any of the products on this page
  • Use to apply, use to remove
  • The exact micro-fiber cloths I use for 80% of my detailing tasks

Best Car Wax Review:
When you are ready to go down the "rabbit hole" of info...

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Like every other area of life, advances in technology, chemistry, and manufacturing have made all our lives better; such is the case with surface car care. Now waxing your car is easier than ever due to so many quality products being available; it is hard to go wrong!

Unfortunately we are also buried in an endless amount of choices all screaming at us with slick marketing and advertising!

Many of you feel like you are chasing your tail....and the car care industry is all too willing to keep the chase going!

Many of you in search for the best car wax will simply have unrealistic expectations. The best car wax review is not going to help if you do not understand a few very basic and simple facts when it comes to the appearance and protection of your car's paint:

  • Car wax and sealants are for protection and visual enhancement.
  • The durability of car wax (protection) will be forever debated and argued from one manufacturer to the next; I don't over think this part as it is hard to confirm any manufacturers claims. (Numbers never lie, but liar's always use numbers)
  • Car wax can only enhance what is already there; meaning this: if your car paint is full of scratches, blemishes, and other flaws, the best auto wax in the world is only going to be able to do so much in enhancing your cars less-then-perfect appearance.

Basic and Essential Requirements of Car Paint

  • Wash car first.
  • Use detailing clay to remove air-born contaminants from car paint to prepare the surface for the next step(s).
  • Polish car with a car polishing system designed for true beginners, and one that can produce truly professional grade results even from a beginner.
  • Choose among the top rated car waxes below and wax on; wax off!

Best Car Wax Review Alternaitves

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I accept that we are all individuals and often finding the best car wax will be abut the subtle nuances of a particular wax only you can decide for yourself.

With that said, I am offer my other professional alternatives in the event you don't want to keep it super simple and follow my lead with my suggestions form above with the Q-7 wax and Detailer:

The following car wax combinations are based on the following rules or guidelines:

  • Car wax suggestions for every level of demands; from entry level to premium, from absolute beginner to hard-core enthusiast.
  • Every product has been tried and tested to produce excellent results with a user friendly experience.
  • Each product is from a trusted and recognizable source.
  • Each product represents the last car wax 95% of any of you out there would ever need if you kept you selection to one of my suggestions.

Darren's Note: If you are a committed fan of synthetic sealants and want my professional review on these man-made products, please see my car paint sealant review.

Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax

Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste Wax - 11 oz.

  • Entry level product...if you want to call it that. One of my personal favorites and if I had to, could live with this paste wax from Meguiar's.
  • It is hard to go wrong from a quality manufacturer like Meguiar's.
  • Will not be as user friendly as the ultimate enthusiasts' grade from Wolfgang at the bottom, but for anyone on a budget, this product still remains one of my favorites when dealing with a budget and certainly worthy of making the best car wax review list.

P21S Paste Wax

P21S 12700W Carnauba Wax

  • Professional grade car wax.
  • Non-staining formulation; won't stain black trim.
  • Wax on, wax off; does not need to haze up. (the acronym for this is what is called WoWo)
  • One of my personal favorites.
  • Considered enthusiast to professional grade.

Pinnacle Signature Series II Paste Wax

Pinnacle Signature Series II Carnauba Paste Wax

  • Premium blend of natural carnauba and synthetic polymers.
  • Non-staining formulation; won't stain black trim pieces.
  • Can be used in any conditions; even hot and humid conditions.
  • Will not dry to a white chalky haze; wipe on, wipe off.
  • Definitely considered enthusiast to professional grade.

Best Car Wax Review:
Darren's Professional Tips

This best car wax review is designed to help you narrow down the selection process. By clicking on any of the links you will be taken to Amazon where you can read additional reviews on any of these car waxes. I have tested all of these and they all promise to deliver excellent results.

  • A paste wax is still the ultimate in visual enhancement; whether you are working on black or light colored car paint.
  • All the products above are hybrid blends using both natural and synthetic ingredients; the best of both worlds.
  • Each wax is time-tested and proven performers that promise not to disappoint!
  • Apply the paste wax as a solid foundation first (after washing and using a clay bar). Reapply every 3-4 months.
  • Use one of these waterless wash products after ever wash to maintain and to extend the life of your base wax applications.

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