Have you ever wondered about how waxes hold up to one another over time? In this review I'll cover which wax performs that best in my test and which I prefer over the others.
Carnauba Wax gave me the best results from the three wax types I used on my car. Mothers Carnauba Wax worked best, follow by Shine Armor, and last FW1 Cleaning Wax. They all worked over several weeks but faded over time.
As I tested the waxes I found a clear winner for water phobic action and grime or dirt resistance. The others also worked but not as effectively.
Below are the types of waxes I tested on my truck. Each has pros and cons, but the one that is right for you depends on your specific needs.
Why Use Car Wax?
As you wax your car your making it easier the next time you wash your car. It helps protect the car from dirt, grime, and bird droppings. It will also make it easier to dry off.
Waxes don't last forever but the time you take to wax your car will pay off in less time needed to wash your car. I was very surprised at the ease with which I could clean my car. It was almost as if I didn't need any soap at all.
Waxes also help your car look shiny. You car will look great and be better protected from wash to wash. They provide a protective layer so you wont need to worry so much about scratching your car with dirt and grime the next time you wash it.
Do I Really Need Car Wax?
No. But it's a great insurance policy for great looks and better resell value for your car. If your set on not waxing your car, you can ask someone else to wax it for you for a price and you'll keep your car protected and save time if you wash your car yourself.
Regular washing with a car wash soap will work well to clean and help your clear coat stay in good condition. But if you want extra protection and the benefits that only wax can provide, then these following car waxes can help you get the job done well.
Why I Picked These Car Waxes
I wanted to try a traditional wax and compare it to other popular brands available on Amazon.com. I did some research into the other two waxes and found that they might actually be more user friendly for my needs.
I found that they were all did a fairly good job in different areas, I would actually probably only use one on a regular basis to protect the clear coat on my truck. Let see which one you prefer and later I will explain more about my choice.
Which Wax Should You Get?
Now that there are different choices in how we can protect our cars, some people may choose a product that is not a traditional wax. I think all three products above are viable solutions for the different needs individual car owners have. I would probably choose the one that is the easiest to apply to works well, which for me was the ceramic spray coat.
I would also use the cleaning wax for stuck on particles since it works well at removing them, and I would use the carnauba wax for creating a very hydrophobic and shiny car surface when I want my car to appear its best.
Any type of paint protectant coat that you buy, that you want to last a long time on the surface of your car will need a good deal of time to apply. While I think it's worth it to invest the time and money into a protectant layer, I usually like to opt for a easier approach to helping my car look good and stay protected.
Here are some of the types of waxes and protectant wax like products that are available to use on your car. Some products will work better than others over time. Doing some research will help you find a good solution for your needs.
- Carnauba Wax: This is a wax from the leaves of a palm tree. It provide a layer on top of your cars paint that prevents grime from sticking to the car's paint.
- Wax Cleaner: Cleaning waxes have some type of cleaning agent that help polish out rough particles left on the surface of your car left over after a wash. These cleaning agents are usually combined with carnauba wax so your car will have a wax protection after application.
- Ceramic Coating: This type of protectant coat offers a way to protect your car's paint by using nano technology. The tiny particles of ceramic, carborundum, or quartz can bind with the paint to provide hydrophic action and chemical protection. Higher quality protects can last years but is pricey and application is fairly time consuming.
- Hybrid Wax: This type of wax usually combines ceramic or other polymer coating technology with carnauba wax. You can get a long lasting protection with a nice shine too.
- Non Wax Polish: These may be infused with urethane, a plastic that can protect your cars coat for a long time. The benefit of these are they are easy to apply and usually last a long time. Another coating used by some products is Teflon. This is what some baking pans use to prevent scratching, so it can provide a thin protective layer on your paint.
You'll likely find a whole range of combinations of different mixtures in waxes for your car. I like to do some research and find out what most people have had success with and buy those product if I think they will meet my needs.
When thinking about which wax is best for you, consider how much time and money your willing to spend and get the best product you can within that range. Usually the best products will cost more, but give you a better value with your time and money in the long run.
The Wax Results
Looking at the picture you might want to choose a carnauba wax for it's hydophoic protective properties, but a ceramic coating and a cleaning wax both have their benefits, so it might depend on what goal you have in mind.
I applied all three waxes as directed, although I think getting better result is certainly possible if I were to take a bit more time and effort for each product. These are the result after trying to follow the directions given on each product's label.
Here are some things to consider when getting a wax or protectant.
- Hydrophbic action: When water is repelled from the car's surface it's a good indication of protection. Why doesn't the Shine Armors ceramic coating show the same hydrophobic action as the Mothers Wax? I believe that with the type of product I was using and my old truck (10+ years), it may have called for more application than just one. The FW1 cleaning wax on the other hand is good at cleaning and I may not have applied it correctly or maybe it just doesn't last as long as the others.
- Most important quality: Each product has different qualities that are helpful. If you are considering with one is the most important for you, then that can help you decide which product will best meet your needs.
- Ease of Application: Each product was fairly easy to apply, but the carnauba wax may take slightly more effort.
- Scratch Resistance: While I haven't tried it on my car, waxes are not meant to provide scratch resistance, but a ceramic coating product should provide some protection.
- Price: The products that I review are all about the same price range.
Choosing the best wax for your car should reflect your values on what is most important to you. The three products I tried all have value and could each benefit different people. What characteristics are you looking for? This is what matters the most and will help you choose one wax over the others or help you see these are waxes are not the ones for you.
As for me, I would like to continue using the Shine Armor in order to see how it performs with more than one coat and how long it will last on the car's surface based on this product's formula. The value that drives my decision is the ease of application and the hope that is will actually strengthen the car's painted surface.
If you were to choose one of these products, which one would be best for you? I hope you are able to choose the best wax for your situation that will enable you to get the best results for your vehicle. Til next time, safe driving.