Turtle Wax
Carnauba Car Wax


Turtle Wax carnauba car wax has been around forever and a day; probably the most recognizable name when it comes to car waxes. Despite this brand having been around longer than myself, I have never actually met any professional detailer use any of the Turtle Wax products.

They seem to remain as strictly a retail car care products. If you are a die-hard Turtle Wax car care products fan, then you needn't look any further. But if you are looking for ways to improve the results you are currently getting, as well as find products that deliver professional results, then follow my Turtle Wax review. I can show you how to get superior results with less efforts than you are currently putting into the beauty and health of your cars paint.

Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax Review

  • Easy to apply.
  • Not your traditional paste wax; soupy and gelatinous
  • Very difficult to remove; despite what the packaging says.
  • Very dusty during removal.
  • Will stain black trim

I have personally never used this Turtle Wax carnauba car wax product at a professional or personal level. I had to find out first hand just what this product has to offer us and see if there was much value to be had in this long established name of car waxes.

If you are looking for that "old school" feeling of waxing your car, then look no further. Complete with lots of rubbing, sore shoulder, and that sense of accomplishment, this Turtle Wax is the ultimate in "I want to spend all day waxing my car, and have a really sore shoulder the following day because I don't know any better" car wax!

Sorry Turtle wax...but it is what it is, and I found this product easy to put on, but incredibly hard to remove.

This product is packaged like a traditional paste wax, but it is rather soupy and should really be sold in a squeeze type dispenser; like a ketchup squeeze bottle. In fact, because of its consistency, it applies easier than the other true paste waxes but that is where the redeeming benefits end with this product.

The Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax Alternative: Retail to Enthusiast Grade

Follow along now as I lay out my top rated car wax choices based on you level of experience and expectations.  Of course you can keep thinggs in your world ultra simple and remain using the inferior Turtle Wax carnauba car wax if you insist; but just know that better alternatives like the one's below are what I consider the winning balance:

  • Superior end results.
  • Superior user experience.
  • A price point for all audiences and experience.
  • My top picks for the best car waxes.

Meguiar's Ultimate liquid Wax

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - 16 oz.

  • Easy on, easy off.
  • Can be used in direct sunlight.
  • Formulated using synthetic polymers that outlast traditional carnauba wax.
  • Superior visual results for any dark colored car.
  • Best seller on Amazon based on hundreds of reviews.
  • Will not stain black trim pieces.

Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste Wax - 11 oz.

  • Use after your regular car washing duties to create that just waxed look in a fraction of the time.
  • So easy to use, you may find you are willing to wax more often. I actually use it every week on my own black cars due to the fact that it is so light and easy to use and produces amazing visual results comparable to most liquid or paste waxes.
  • So light and easy to use, can be used in place of your spray detailer with the added benefit of actual wax protection.

p21s carnauba wax

P21S 12700W Carnauba Wax

  • Non-dusting formulation.
  • Will not stain black trim pieces.
  • Easy on, easy off.
  • Top rated car wax among enthusiasts to professionals.
  • One of my favorites.
  • A car wax that truly represents the winning balance between cost and performance.

Pinnacle signature series ii carnauba paste wax

Pinnacle Signature Series II Carnauba Paste Wax

  • Contains only natural waxes and fruit oils for additional glossing capabilities.
  • Best value for a premium level carnauba paste wax.
  • Does not haze up and will not stain black trim.
  • This wax is consider a "wipe on/wipe off". No need to wait for it to haze up. (WOWO is the acronym)
  • Easy on, easy off.
  • Amazing performance, amazing user experience.

Darren's Professional Tips

With today's endless choices of top rated car waxes it is easy to become overwhelmed. So many choices followed by endless opinions as to which wax is the "best" wax, or which wax is the best for black cars, etc., etc.

It is enough to make a seasoned detailing veteran like myself go numb in the brain! For this reason I have limited my choices to waxes that are considered top rated car waxes, and waxes that I have both used and tested first hand.

The simple answer is that everyone of these waxes will produce superior results for you. As far as which wax truly lasts the longest is a debate that will never be fully settled. The two main differences between these choices is about two things:

  • User experience. (don't underestimate this part of the equation. If you have a "great" car wax but is so difficult to use, you will never be willing to use it a second time)
  • Cost. (everyone has a certain "cost" tolerance. Whether you are on a very tight budget, or you simply believe that you get what you pay for; then you will find what you are looking for here)

In Conclusion...

Unless you are a die hard fan I would definitely opt for a different product than the Turtle Wax carnauba car wax formulations. I think I have been very direct and honest in this review. If you do take my advice and go with one of my other top rated car waxes, don't forget that a very critical step to superior end results is preparing the paint surface first by using detailing clay. I can't stress this enough! If you are here as a first time visitor, please see all the write-ups regarding the clay bar and proper use of this amazing wonder!

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