If we want our car's polish to keep its perfect look for as long as possible, we need to apply car wax to the body surface regularly. It seems like a simple task, but already at the stage of choosing a product, some difficulties may arise. It turns out that there are a lot of them on the market, and the question may arise, which wax to choose for a car? To answer this question, we will compile a list and select the best wax for the car.
Types of car wax
There are many different types of car waxes. The choice of the most suitable for our needs will depend on four parameters: the time you want to spend on the application, the durability (the time that the wax will remain on the surface of the car), the visual effect and the hydrophobic effect. .
Spray wax is a great choice if you want a good high in a short period of time. Machine spray wax is suitable as an additional layer over previously applied wax or sealant.
Most aerosol waxes are synthetic waxes or hybrids. Thus, they will give an excellent hydrophobization (water repellent) and shine effect.
There are also aerosol waxes on the market that can be applied over wet and dry varnish - ADBL Synthetic Spray Wax. This wax works well with varnish and its use significantly reduces the maintenance time of the car.
Hard waxes (paste)
Hard waxes are probably the most popular type. In stores, you can find natural, synthetic, and hybrid options. Natural carnauba waxes are almost always in solid form.
Hard wax on cars is most often chosen by professional auto-detailing studios. To apply them you will need a sponge applicator, a microfiber and a lot of time. According to enthusiasts, waxing is the most enjoyable car maintenance experience.
Hard waxes are characterized by high strength and resistance to environmental influences. They also offer excellent color depth.
Synthetic car wax is the result of modern polymer technologies. They work by tightly bonding the polymer particles to the automotive paint. As a result, synthetic waxes offer a high level of protection and resistance to environmental factors. However, each wax-based polymer will be slightly different. Some will have excellent impermeability (hydrophobization), others will have properties that will fill in small scratches, others will prevent dust from settling.
Thanks to their high degree of protection, synthetic waxes are ideal for protecting varnishes in winter.
Their composition is based on natural carnauba wax obtained from the leaves of the Brazilian palm tree and beeswax. Carnauba is unmatched in hardness because it is nature's hardest wax.
When you find that a wax contains 100% carnauba on the packaging of a product, you can be sure that it is of the highest quality. The use of such a product guarantees a very high level of gloss.
Natural car wax generally has a more pleasant neutral odor without oil scent (as is the case with synthetics and hybrids). Ideal for spring and summer.
Their composition combines the best properties of carnauba and blends of synthetic polymers. The result of this combination is a long lifespan, excellent color depth and a high level of varnish protection. Hybrid waxes, like synthetic waxes, will work well in the fall and winter.
Which car wax is the best?
There are commercially available waxes that leave a more or less hard finish on the vehicle. The advantage of soft waxes is that they are easy to apply and polish. In addition, they do not leave streaks and guarantee a good shine. Unfortunately, they do not withstand adverse weather conditions.
On the other hand, hard waxes must be applied very precisely, because if we do it wrong, streaks will appear on the machine. They are not easy to remove, adhere well to the vehicle and do not wear out quickly. If you have little experience with waxing a car, we recommend that you purchase solid formulations.