Car Wax Comparison
Are you asking the right question?

You want to see a car wax comparison so you ask.

I get it.

But is reviewing a massive list of numbers and opinions really going to get you closer to what I believe you really want? My guess is that what you really want has far more to do with finding a top rated car wax or car paint sealant, and less to do with reading one more list of mind numbing statistics about the best car wax, or the longest car paint sealant.

I bet what you are most concerned with is finding a top rated car wax that delivers great results as well as a great user experience!

As I often say: the best car wax is the wax that makes it onto your car more often, not less often.

The Right Questions

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I think informed people make better decisions. But if you lack the experience to ask the right questions, then how are you going to be able to get the right answers?

I am going to lay out what I think are the best questions to be asking so that you can come to an informed decision as to which car wax is going to represent the winning balance for you and your world.

I am going to base this entire page on the basic understanding that car wax and car paint sealants are designed and intended for two specific objection:

  1. Protection
  2. Visual enhancement

With this essential understanding in place, what are the right questions I think you should be asking when deciding upon a quality car wax or sealant?

Car Wax Comparison: WWDD
What Would Darren Do

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So often I am simply asked:

"Darren, just tell me what you would do!"

And I get it!

In an era of information overload, people like yourself don't have the inclination or time to filter through the endless opinions found on this thing called the Internet.

People don't want to know the science and technology behind a particular car wax or car paint sealant; they just want to know what I would do as a seasoned industry expert with decades of professional experience.

"The best car wax is the wax that makes it onto your car more often, not less often"

That is my simple answer to an extremely hyped-up topic like finding the best car wax. I don't care how great the car wax is if you are unwilling to ever actually wax your car!

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

  • As easy as easy gets!
  • Can be used on any paint type, any color car
  • Can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint
  • Can be used on all exterior materials including black trim (non-staining formulation)
  • Spray on, wipe in, buff off!
  • Use as frequently as you want (once a day, once a month, once a year)

Car Wax Comparison:
Going from good to better!

Want to take your car waxing efforts from good to better?

Use the additional following product that will serve as a form of "primer" to your application of the Q-7 car wax.

Instead of endless chatter about the many car wax comparisons, I am going to not only tell you what I do professionally, but show you one of my tricks as taught to me by the formulator of this very product:

CSI Q-7 Detailer Quart 62-205-Q

  • Use the Q-7 Detailer as a primer before your application of the Q-7 wax from above
  • Apply Q-7 Detailer to surface of clean car and allow to completely dry (this will happen quickly, but is also dependent on weather conditions)
  • Apply the Q-7 Wax directly over the Q-7 Detailer (this means the Q-7 Detailer will haze up slightly as it dries, and then you spray the Q-7 wax directly over hazed-up detailer)
  • Once the Q-7 Detailer has dried/hazed up, you spray the Q-7 Wax directly over the Q-7 Detailer and wax as you normally would
  • Think of this like applying a base coat of primer to your walls before you apply the color coat (the base. primer coat prepares the surface and allows the color top coat to bond better to the primer coat)

Darren's Tips: I find myself forever overwhelmed by the endless hyped used by car wax manufacturers to sell us their "Best car wax". So I stick to simple!

Simply put: the wax I am willing to use most often will be my choice as the best car wax. Not only is this wax super easy tp use, but I can use it on all my black plastic trim, rubber window gaskets, and other trim pieces I would have to stay away from with other traditional waxes, or treat with a separate product.

Not I can treat my car paint and virtually every other material on my car all at once, as often as I like! And if I want to take the protection to the next level, I can use the CSi Q-7 Detailer to create a uniform, base coat that acts like a primer coat before laying down a coat of the Q-7 wax.

Car Wax Comparison:
Giving you car wax options

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Experience has taught me that many people like yourself want to simplify their life by finding a straightforward and simple way of doing things.

But you may also enjoy a few options that I can also recommend in the auto wax comparison.

I could bury you with hundreds of car wax products and do a very comprehensive car wax comparison, I can also provide a reliable source to getting what you probably really came here for:

"A shiny and protected car"

Old Habits Die a Slow Death

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For many car enthusiasts and car lovers in general, it is wildly accepted that a paste wax is the ultimate in beautification and protection. While this vigorously debated topic will continue indefinitely the simple answer is this:

Car waxes in a paste form offer the best in visual enhancement, while a synthetic liquid sealant is the best in durability and protection. (As a rule, natural carnuaba formulations will be in a paste version while synthetic sealants will be in a liquid formulation) But with modern technology you now have the ability to get the best of both worlds in a single product: Synthetic paste formulations. Since these are synthetic, they would be technically labeled as a sealant. But since they appear just like a standard car wax in a paste version, most people and manufactures refer to these formulations as a car wax.

You can call them what you want. I am listing as part of my car wax comparison the following car waxes and car sealants in a paste form as experience has shown me that paste formulations will hide and conceal paint blemishes better than liquids or spray versions, while also created deeper shine and luster.

Many guys prefer a paste wax as a byproduct of growing up as the accepted and best way to wax a car.

Car Wax Comparison:
Products that work

Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste Wax - 11 oz.

  • Same ThinFilm technology for a super easy and user friendly experience.
  • Get the visual enhancement only available in a paste wax/sealant.
  • Won't stain black trim.
  • Can be used in direct sunlight.
  • Won't haze up and leave chalky residue.
  • Wax on and wax off. Does not haze up. (these types of products are referred to as a WOWO: wax on wax off)

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.
  • This is an actual natural wax formulation rather than being a synthetic sealant.

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.
  • The perfect car wax/sealant for those that want the best that each has to offer.

Car Wax Comparison Summary

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In closing let me add a checklist to highlight additional points you can keep in mind when waxing your car:

  • Cars do not come with any protection on the clear coat/paint. (this means your new car needs to be waxed immediately)
  • New cars have been in transit and storage long enough for the paint o cure before you take delivery of it. (once again this means you can wax immediately)
  • Any car (new cars included) should be decontaminated prior to waxing.
  • Car wax/sealant should be applied every 4-6 months for protection. (since waxing is also for visual enhancement, you can wax as often as you like if you are very particular)
  • Despite what you have read or heard, you cannot wax a car too much and there is no such thing as wax build-up ( I simply have never seen it and have never been able to create this problem)
  • Unless you have waxed your car within the last week with another product, you can use any new product on your car without removing any old wax. (if it makes you feel better and sleep better, simply wash your car as normal, and then after it has been dried, wipe your car down with a solution of half distilled water (tap water is acceptable) and half rubbing alcohol (the strength/dilution of the alcohol is not critical) This will remove any trace wax that may be on your car.
  • Unless you use an abrasive cloth to apply or remove the car wax, you do not have to worry about application strokes with regards to pattern: circular, back and forth, horizontal, vertical...anything you want is acceptable and safe.
  • I can get any product to work in the direct sun on hot paint, but just know that every type of car wax is going to be easier to apply on a cool, shaded surface.

Car Wax Comparison Summary

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I hope you now feel more confident and prepared to bring your car to the next level of shine an protection with my car wax comparison!

Today is a world of options. This represents both the good news and the bad news. As people, we all love having options. But being presented with too many options can leave many of us frozen in a state of indecisive limbo!

A true inability to actually make a choice due to being overwhelmed with so many options. Choosing the best car wax for your car is no different and the very reason I have offered a limited amount of car wax comparisons based on my real world experience.

Car waxes that not only deliver superior results, but do so with an excellent user experience!


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