Choosing the best car wax is essential for a long-lasting, durable shine that fits within your budget.
Waxing your car is the process of creating a barrier on the car’s paint to prevent contamination from the environment such as road tar and pollution.
There are so many different types of car waxes and products available, it can be confusing choosing the right wax product for you. We felt the same way, and as a result have created our car wax reviews to help you find the right wax choice for your car or truck.
Table of Contents
- Top 3 Best Car Wax on the market
- Why Wax Your Car?
- Top 5 Best Car Wax Reviews
- 1. Meguiar’s G12718 NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0
- 2. Turtle Wax T-3KT Black Box Kit
- 3. Collinite Super Double Coat Auto Wax
- 4. Autoglym HDWAXUS High Definition Wax
- 5. Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine
- Types of Car Wax
- Liquid, Paste or Spray?
- How to Use Car Wax
- Where Can You Use Car Wax?
- How to Detail a Car or Truck
- Items You Will Need
- Steps in Auto Detailing Process
- How Often Should You Wax Your Car
Top 3 Best Car Wax on the market
Why Wax Your Car?
Top 5 Best Car Wax Reviews
1. Meguiar’s G12718 NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0
Meguiars NXT 2.0 wax contains what is called Hydrophobic Polymer Technology which is a term coined by Meguiars themselves.
This basically means water and dirt will not stick to the paint once applied and will simply glide off at the next wash.
The wet look shine is easily obtainable due to the ease of use of the product, simply apply it with a foam applicator and then buff off using a microfibre cloth.
Wash after wash this wax seemed to retain it’s durability from what I have tested.
Our Rating: (4.6 / 5)
As already mentioned in this Meguiars NXT 2.0 review the wax is very easy to apply.
Firstly grab a foam applicator pad and apply two pea sized drops of product onto it.
Rub onto paintwork in circular motions and ensure an even coverage of the panel.
Wait for the wax to haze and then buff off using a microfibre cloth.
Like most modern liquid waxes, Meguiars nxt 2.0 is very easy to buff off even after drying completely in the sun.
- Hydrophobic formula
Water seems to hate this wax and beads up very easily making the next clean effortless. This is thanks to the hydrophobic chemicals which are blended into the wax which create a barrier of protection over your paintwork.
- Easy to apply
This wax is a doddle to apply making it ideal for beginners who want to look after their car. Liquid waxes in general are easier to apply than their paste counterparts and the Meguiars NXT 2.0 is no different. All that is needed is a foam applicator and microfibre cloth which are often included from some suppliers.
This wax lasts for ages, wash after wash the water continues to bead up and dirt just glides off. The wax usually lasts for about three months in average weather conditions without harsh conditions such as snow and road salt.
- Doesn’t leave white marks
Have you ever waxed a car only to be faced with those annoying white marks left on the plastics? Meguiars NXT 2.0 leaves no marks on plastic whatsoever even when I tried to on purpose, this speeds up the waxing time as no further cleaning is required.
For a liquid wax it is quite expensive considering you use more product when compared to a paste wax. Even on online retailers such as Amazon the wax sells for around £17 which makes it more expensive than some paste waxes such as Collinite 476s. The easy to use nature of the product does make up for the price however.
2. Turtle Wax T-3KT Black Box Kit
Black is one of the most popular choices for paint on cars today.
Although it’s popular, black does come with its downfalls most notable the ability to show the tiniest of defects in the paint.
Maintaining the original appearance of the paint should be the owner’s top priority especially if the car is expensive or has had a costly respray.
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
First up is the Pre Wax cleanser, which as you’ve guessed it is designed to deep clean your car’s paintwork.
The added benefit of this cleanser is the ability to remove fine swirls and scratches from the paint improving light reflections.
The cleanser is very easy to apply and hazes up very quickly, requiring only a light buffing to remove it.
Now the spray detailer can be used to remove excess cleanser or wax from the car’s paintwork during the coating process.
Although most of the time this isn’t necessary due to the ease of use of the wax and cleanser.
Used correctly this spray detailer will last for 10 complete applications on an average sized car, if you use it for the occasional bird droppings etc. then it will last for months or even years.
The last product in this Turtle Wax Black Box review is the carnauba wax which is a blend of polymers designed with high gloss in mind.
Another great easy to use product from the kit, the wax goes on easily and hazes quickly ready for buffing off.
This wax promises to hide swirl marks in the paint but when tested I found only a marginal improvement was made.
Don’t get me wrong the reflections were amazing it’s just most of the swirl marks were still there.
The finish itself is very durable and repels water straight away with the remaining beading up on the surface.
This box of products is excellent if you own a black coloured car. Let’s talk about the advantages in more detail:
- Good value for money
- Very easy to apply
- Quickly dries to a haze
- A good amount of product in each bottle
- Comes with everything you need
- Durable finish
The product itself is very efficient to use due to its quick drying formula. Included equipment in the box is more than adequate for applying this wax, the applicators are of the foam variety which are very common in the car detailing community. The microfibre cloths are soft and buff off the wax without any marring or scratches.
There isn’t many disadvantages to this product but I have listed some here:
- Doesn’t completely remove light swirls
- The pigment can stain your hands
Several applications are needed for the desired effect of this wax. I found not all of the swirl marks were covered, although the wax did make a vast improvement over what was there before. The pigmentation found in this product can stain your hands, so I would recommend wearing gloves.
3. Collinite Super Double Coat Auto Wax
Are you looking for a wax which will protect your car through the harshness of winter?
Or maybe you live in an area with high pollution levels which case paint contaminants. The Collinite Super Wax is one of the toughest waxes on the market and repels dirt with ease.
Some people claim results lasting a full year with only two thin applications, in my experience 6 months is more common.
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
Collinite were established in 1936 providing the most durable products on the market.
Their range of products are hand crafted entirely on the production line which gives this company a family business feel to it.
Collinite don’t use any fancy marketing campaigns or jump on the back of trends, they rely on the quality of the product to sell itself.
First thing you may have noticed about the 476s wax is its packaging.
Don’t let this fool you, the wax itself is a blend of ingredients offered outstanding performance.
It’s the Collinite way to not use any fancy packaging to sell their products.
On opening the product you are greeted with a slightly unpleasant smell which is rather different to many other waxes on the market.
For me this isn’t a problem as I find nice smelling waxes a bit of a gimmick anyway, as long as the product performs then its fine by me.
We will have a look in this Collinite 476s review and see if this is the right wax for you.
- It is very economical
As with most paste waxes a little goes a long way, this is no different for the Collinite wax. A tub can potentially last for a few years as re-coating is required far less than other waxes. The price is also excellent with a tub costing around the £16 mark from retailers such as Amazon.
- Long lasting
Collinite 476s is renowned for its tough, long lasting results. Most people only need to re coat the wax twice per year even during winter time. People have reported beading after six months without the need to re coat. A spray with quick detailer is all that is needed to keep the wax in excellent condition.
- Depth of shine
Waxing your car is all about the protection and shine you achieve after. You won’t be disappointed with Collinite 476s as the depth of shine almost looks like a mirror. The car’s colour doesn’t make too much of a difference, 476 seems to be an all rounder without giving preference to one particular shade.
Now this wouldn’t be an unbiased Collinite 476s review without looking at the negatives.
- The smell
Although this doesn’t bother me, the smell of the wax may be considered unpleasant by some people. Especially when compared to waxes offered by other companies such as Dodo Juice or Poorboys.
- The packaging
The tin which contains the wax looks like something from the fifties which may give the wrong impression to people who don’t know how well the wax performs. This is only a minor fault of the wax and may just be me being picky.
As you can see from the disadvantages this wax really is hard to fault especially for the price.
4. Autoglym HDWAXUS High Definition Wax
As a car owner, you recognize the benefits of regularly waxing your car with the best wax that you can afford.
When searching for the best car waxes, the Autoglym HD Wax will be part of the conversation.
Of course, you’re not sure if this is just hype or if it really is the best.
This is why it’s a good idea to read this Autoglym HD Wax review first in order to check if this is worth buying or not.
Our Rating: (4 / 5)
This is obviously a plus because Autoglym is known in the auto industry for producing some of the best car care products.
Since it was first established in 1965, it has grown now to the point wherein its products are sold to over 50 countries.
Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lotus are all companies who use and have endorsed products made by Autoglym, along with this the company also holds two royal warrants in the US.
It features a unique and effective combination of Carnauba plus microcrystallines mixed with waxes plus saturated hydrocarbons and oils.
This means that this is abrasive free which is very important since you’re going to apply it on your car. This mixture leads to a car show quality shine.
It’s so good that it’s the top choice of people who have invested a lot of money on their car’s paint job.
Here are its pros:
- It’s very efficient and economical.
You may be surprised when you first see its small container, but there’s a reason why Autoglym decided to pack it in a small container. This is because it’s very efficient and a little goes a long way. In fact, some users have estimated that they waxed their car 10 times before the wax ran out. This is true for myself, my tub has lasted me over 18 months and it’s still going strong.
- The results are amazing.
With the deep shine and wet look gloss that it will produce, you’ll feel like you’re about to enter a car show.
- It does a great job protecting cars.
In addition to repelling water and dust, a good Autoglym HD Wax review will tell you that this wax can also help your car repel UV rays, salt, and even acid rain. Here in the UK, with it’s salty winter roads, the wax stands up for weeks at a time often outlasting it competitors.
- The effects are long lasting.
The effects can last for months. In fact, it’s not surprising to see your car still repelling water and dust a couple of months after application. A quick maintenance wash is needed to keep the wax looking it’s best but because the dirt just slides off then this shouldn’t be a problem.
- It’s more expensive than other waxes.
This shouldn’t be a problem because a little goes a long way, with average usage a tub should last 18 months. In addition, the results are long lasting and worth the extra money.
- Application takes a little bit of getting used to.
In the well presented box there are a couple of sponge applicators plus a microfiber cloth. Application at first seems awkward, but you’ll get used to it.
5. Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine
Autoglym are a UK manufacturer of car cleaning products which are used by well renowned car producers such as Aston Martin and Lotus.
The company was first established in 1965 and has gone on to sell its products in over 50 different countries.
Royal warrants aren’t the easiest of things to earn but Autoglym has managed to gain two of them over the years.
Our Rating: (4 / 5)
In this Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine review I will discuss how this product is ideal for any owner of a dark coloured car.
Ultra Deep Shine is an all-in-one product capable of filling in swirls, scratches and holograms therefore negating the need for wax.
Buff off immediately for the best results as this product dries very quickly.
Like most other car waxes and polishes, UDP is best applied thinly using a foam applicator.
Start with one panel and work your way around the car being careful to not let the product dry out.
Once hazed buff off using a Hi-Tech Finishing Cloth available from Autoglym.
I will begin this Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine review by discussed the pros of the product.
- All-in-one formula
A huge plus point especially for people with limited time. This product polishes and waxes in one step so the extra purchase of wax is not needed.
- Fills scratches and swirls
Ultra Deep Shine will mask minor scratches and swirls therefore enhancing the glossiness of the car’s paintwork. Dark colours are where this polish is the most effective especially on more modern water based paint systems.
- Tough long lasting finish
Once applied correctly the polish lasts for quite a while holding up to the daily onslaught of rain, pollution and road dirt. This is down to the blend of waxes and other ingredients which provide a tough shell to the paint.
- High gloss on modern paints
Generally this polish/wax is best used on more modern paint systems which are free from major defects such as heavy scratching or marring. The level of gloss achieved by the product is actually very impressive considering the price of the product.
An unbiased Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine review wouldn’t be the same without talking through the disadvantages of the product.
- Not as durable as others
The durablitly of the product is questionable when compared to other waxes. This may be a little unfair considering Ultra Deep Shine isn’t a full on car wax, but I have found I need to apply more to get the same level of protection as other waxes.
- For new paint only
Don’t expect miracles from this product, if your car is full of swirls and scratches then proper paint correction is needed. So really Ultra Deep Shine is best used on new or lightly swirled paint.