If we want the varnish on our car to maintain its perfect appearance as much as possible, we must apply car wax regularly to the body surface. It seems like a simple task, but some difficulties may arise already when choosing a product. It turns out that there are many on the market and the question may arise: which wax to choose for a car? To answer that question, we will compile a list and select the best wax for the car.
Types of car wax
There are many types of auto wax. The choice of the most suitable to our needs will depend on four parameters: the time you want to spend on the application, durability (the time that the wax stays on the surface of the car), visual effect and hydrophobic effect.
Spray wax is a great choice if you want a good effect in a very short time. Machine spray wax is suitable as an additional layer on top of the previously applied wax or sealant.
Most aerosol waxes are synthetic or hybrid waxes. Therefore, they will give an excellent effect of hydrophobization (water repellent) and shine.
There are also spray 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 incredibly reduces the time to care for the car.
Hard waxes (paste)
Hard waxes are probably the most popular type. In stores, you will find natural, synthetic and hybrid options. Natural carnauba waxes are almost always in solid form.
Hard car wax is usually chosen by professional auto-detailing studios. To apply them, you will need a sponge, microfiber applicator and a lot of time. According to amateurs, waxing is the most pleasant experience of taking care of the car.
Hard waxes are characterized by high strength and resistance to environmental influences. They also provide excellent color depth.
Synthetic car wax is the work of modern polymer technologies. They work by strongly binding the polymer particles to the car paint. As a result, synthetic waxes provide a high level of protection and resistance to environmental factors. However, each wax-based polymer will be slightly different. Some will have excellent water repellency (hydrophobization), others will have properties that fill in small scratches, others will prevent dust from settling.
Thanks to their high degree of protection, synthetic waxes are ideal for protecting varnish in winter.
Its composition is based on natural carnauba wax obtained from the leaves of the Brazilian palm and beeswax. Carnauba is unmatched in hardness, as it is the hardest wax found in nature.
When you discover that a wax contains 100% carnauba in 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 gloss level.
Natural car wax usually has a more pleasant and neutral odor, without oil scent (as is the case with synthetics and hybrids). Ideal for spring and summer.
Its composition combines the best properties of carnauba and synthetic polymer blends. The result of this combination is a long service life, excellent color depth and a high level of varnish protection. Hybrid waxes, like synthetic waxes, work well in autumn and winter.
Which car wax is the best?
There are waxes available on the market 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 leave no marks and guarantee a good shine. Unfortunately, they are not resistant to adverse weather conditions.
On the other hand, hard waxes have to be applied very precisely, because if we do it wrong, scratches 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 in waxing a car, we recommend purchasing solid formulations.