The Best Car Wax To Keep Your Wheels (and Hood and Doors) Gleaming

The Best Car Wax To Keep
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If you own a car, you should also own car wax. Car wax is specifically formulated to bring out the best of your car’s paint, adding shine and luster to the car that makes it appear brand new, but waxing your car isn’t just for aesthetics. Car wax also includes protective elements that coat the paint, rims, and lights against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, which can dull or even erode paint. This is especially important if you live in a hot climate and don’t keep your garage in a carport or garage.

If you live in cold climates and drive on roads that are salted during winter months, wax can also protect against the salt’s corrosive qualities, which can eat away at paint and cause cars to rust prematurely.

Using car wax also helps to make washing your car easier. The wax protects against water stains, which can be difficult to get out of paint, and bird droppings, tree sap, and pollen, all things that can stick to paint and become unsightly and require a lot of elbow grease to get rid of when washing your car.

When deciding on which wax is best for you, it’s important to note that not all waxes are created equal. Carnauba wax is often used by car enthusiasts because it brings out the best shine in the car, but it traditionally has a shorter lifespan than synthetic waxes. Carnauba is the most user-friendly option, with the ability to be applied on dry or wet cars, in direct sunlight, and even to wet paint, but the shiny, glossy finish doesn’t have the lifespan of a more durable wax, like Meguiar’s. If being environmentally friendly is at the top of your must-have list for waxes, a product like Aero Cosmetic’s Wash Wax-All is not only safe for the outside of your car, it can also be used to clean the interior.

If you’re a car owner, then waxing your car is arguably as important as regular oil changes and tune-ups, with waxes helping to protect and prolong the life of your car’s paint. Plus, nothing looks cooler than a newly waxed car. Check out our top three picks below.

1. Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All

Used by the military and air force, Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All’s biggest pro is its ability to work anywhere, using the product as a wash on wet cars or a wax on dry surfaces. The waterless wash simply goes on with a spray and wipes off with a towel, leaving a non-stick UV protective coating on all vehicle surfaces, including the rims and lights. A huge pro of Aero Cosmetics is its chemical makeup, with the environmentally friendly wash both alcohol and ammonia free, plant-based and biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals running off the car and into the ground on rainy days. The kit has a huge value, including one gallon of wash, one 16 oz spray bottle, four Microfiber towels (16in x 16in), three guides and enough product to wash 36 cars or wax 57 cars and is also safe for use on boats, planes, and RVs. Some customers recommend washing the microfiber towels before using them to ensure they don’t leave lint on the cars.

Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All

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2. Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax

Using a new and improved formula that provides a long-lasting finish, the Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax leaves and wet and shiny finish to newly waxed cars. Using 100 percent carnauba-based wax, which melts into the paint, the wax is also great on non-painted surfaces including rims, bumpers, and lights. The new formula boasts a 100 percent natural protective layer that fights against fading by UVA and UVB rays, as well as water spots and animal droppings. Customers like that a small amount of wax can go a long way and love how easy it is to apply to cars.

Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax

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3. Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax

Using Hydrophobic Polymer technology to protect the paint and leave a shiny finish, Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax is a long-lasting wax that leaves cars with a mirror-like finish. Pros of the wax include its thin-film technology, which allows for easy application and wipes off, and its safe use for hand application or by using a dual action variable speed polisher (Merguiar’s sells their own electric polisher). Customers like that the wax is forgiving and won’t stain white or black trim and some find that Meguiar’s has a longer lasting finish than carnauba wax, like Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax. Customers note that although the item is described as working well when waxing cars in the sun, it’s much easier to wax the car in the shade, which requires less buffing.

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax

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