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People post all the time asking what wax we recommend or especially, what is the best wax. Well, there isn't a “best wax”. There are many good waxes that fit different situations. There are also sealants. They generally apply the same as waxes, but serve different purposes.
So, what type of wax/sealant do you need to look for?
First, you need to know the differences between waxes and a sealants. For an excellent article on their differences, check the Carnuba Car Wax vs. Paint Sealants article over at Autogeek.net.
Now that you know the differences, you have to decide which one is for you. If you like waxing your vehicle once every other month, a wax is a great option. If you would prefer to only wax your vehicle twice a year, a sealant is what you need. However, you also have to think about the color of your vehicle. Is it a dark vehicle? Metallic flakes? Do you want a deep, wet shine or a nice reflective shine that makes the flakes pop?
Well, waxes generally provide a deeper, wetter shine or warmer glow than do sealants. So, if you have a dark vehicle and want that depth, you need a good wax. If you have a light vehicle or one with flakes, sealants generally provide a pop that a wax may mute.
Another problem with looking for a good wax or sealant is that some of them are labeled wrong. For example, Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax 2.0. This is not a wax. It is a sealant. You have to read the label to start getting a good feel for what the product actually is. A lot of waxes will contain the word carnuba somewhere on the label. Also, there are some that label their sealants as polish. For example, Duragloss #105 Total Performance Polish. This is not a polish. It is a sealant. Mislabeling is a very common practice in the detailing world. The best thing to do is know what service each provides and how it is made and you can get a good feel for what you are looking at when you read the label.
One thing to note about waxes is that there are a lot of waxes that you can buy over the counter (OTC) that are cleaner waxes. They contain cleaners in the wax that help clean the paint as you wax. Generally, these don't do much more than stain your trim and only last a couple of weeks. The best thing to do is to try and buy a pure carnuba wax or sealant and use a designated paint cleaner before applying either of them.
Liquid or Paste? Some waxes and sealants come in liquid or paste versions. Most waxes come in paste version, but some have liquid versions. Mos sealants come in liquid versions, but some have paste versions. For the most part, it is better to get a paste if possible. The additives that are required to get a wax in liquid version hamper it's longevity a little. Sometimes pastes have a higher carnuba content than their liquid versions. However, it is mostly up to you. Some people like the ease of use of a liquid and some people like that old fashioned feeling of using a paste. It is all up to you.
Finally, what if you want the best of both worlds. Well, a very common practice in the detailing world is to top a sealant with a wax. You get th longevity of a sealant but the depth of a wax. However, you have to remember that this may not be the best practice. If you have a vehicle with flakes, you may just want to coat it with a sealant and leave it alone. It is all in what you want.
So, now that you know that there is no "best wax" and you have a decent grasp on what wax/sealant to choose, you still want to know what we (as a forum) prefer.
A lot of people want to buy locally. So, what is good locally?
General recommendations for OTC purchases:
Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax 2.0 - One of the longer lasting sealants you can find OTC. Really easy to apply and easy to remove. The most common problem is applying a thick layer. This will cause streaking upon removal. This sealant can be found just about anywhere. Can be found in liquid or paste versions.
Meguiar's #26 Hi-Tech Carnuba Wax - This wax is one of the best looking waxes that you can find not only OTC, but anywhere. I have seen it on darker colors beside waxes costing ten times as much and the #26 looked just as good. It comes in liquid and paste versions.
Duragloss #105 Total Performance Polish - Not only is this one of the longer lasting OTC sealants, but it hangs pretty well with the more expensive online sealants. Easy to apply and very easy to remove. It is a great looking sealant on a large variety of colors.
The following link is a very helpful thread that captures some of the more popular waxes and sealants for a range of prices...
http://www.autogeekonline.net/....html
In this thread, people can post the waxes that they prefer and why. This way, we can try to eliminate the need for all of those "The Best Wax" threads we all love to hate that everyone gives their opinion in.
No product arguing. Just post your favorites and the OTC you recommend. If you have a question or beef, please IM the poster.
Things you want to include in your description:
The brand and the name.
Where it was purchased.
Price.
What color car you use it on.
How you apply it. (Machine, hand, foam applicator, etc…)
Pros.
Cons.
Mine...
Duragloss #105 Total Performance Polish (sealant)
CarQuest
$9.99
I like it on light colors and anything with flakes. I also use it as a base for waxes on dark colors even though it looks pretty good as is on dark colors.
I apply it by hand with a foam applicator.
Pros: I like #105 because it is easy to put on and remove. It also looks great on any color, makes the vehicle really shine and it is one of the longer lasting sealants. I also like it because it can be purchased locally if you have a CarQuest around.
Cons: I haven't found anything to dislike about #105.
Collinite 476s (wax)
AutoGeek.net or Harbor Freight
$14.99 (AG) or ~$10,00 (HF)
I use it on any color, but it looks better on darker cars. It somewhat mutes flakes unlike #105 does.
I apply it by hand with a foam applicator.
Pros: I like 476s because it has to be the most durable carnuba based wax I have ever used. Even through the heat of summer and salty winters, I find my car still beading over and over. It also leaves a great shine and the carnuba in it adds to the depth of darker colors. It is also detergent proof. It really doesn't get removed with washes like other waxes. I tried to wash 476s out of a foam applicator with a high concentration of Dawn and it just wouldn't come all the way out. It really amazed me. I know have a designated foam applicator for 476s.
Cons: The only set-back to it is that it is a little more finicky to remove unless you apply it really thinly. It has a paint can type top that needs a tool to open.
Duragloss #951 Aqua Wax (spray sealant)
CarQuest
~$7.00
It makes any color shine, but it REALLY wets darker colors.
It is a spray wax so I spray it on the car and wipe it dry with a microfiber.
Pros: It is a cheap, awesome looking, completely easy to use wax. It lasts longer than most other OTC waxes/sealants I have tried and looks much better. It gets even deeper the day after application. This is a must have for anyone that likes adding quick coats of wax. I mostly apply it to my wife's car and even after a couple of weeks of washing, it still maintains its initial wetness and slickness.
Cons: None.
Pinnacle Souveran Paste (wax)
Autogeek.net
~$85 (BOGO special. I sold the other.lol)
Dark and light colors without flakes.
I apply it with a foam applicator.
Pros: Probably the best wax I have ever used. Extremely deep shine on darker colors and a nice warm shine on light colors. It can't be any easier to apply and remove a wax than this one. Smells AWESOME!
Cons: A little pricey if not purchased on sale and mutes flakes.
Klasse Sealant Glaze (sealant)
Autogeek.net
$19.99
Light colors.
I apply it with a foam applicator.
Pros: Longest lasting sealant or wax that I have ever tested. Bullet proof almost.
Cons: Sometimes hard to remove even when applied thinly. Since you have to apply it so thinly, it generally takes two coats to get good coverage.
P21s Concours Carnuba Wax (wax)
Autogeek.net
$33.99
Any color.
I apply it with the included applicator.
Pros: Looks good on every color I have ever tried it on. Cheaper than other boutique waxes but looks just as good. Easy to apply and remove. Adds a warmth to flakes without muting them. Has a great, soft applicator pad to work with included.
Cons: Doesn't smell that great.


Modified by 67Customs at 11:35 AM 12-18-2009
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (67Customs)

Duragloss # 105 Total Performance Polish (sealant)
Duragloss.com
Eight bucks or so...
I used it for my wifes jetta a week ago...
I've only used it on silver so far and since it's one of the hardest colors to really make look good I figure it will be great for all.
I apply it by hand with a foam applicator.
Pros: It's really cheap, it's slick as snot, and it seems to be more durable that kevalar. It's been though a few rains and about 80-100 miles and it looks like I just did it.
Cons: It isn't the easiest thing to get on and off. It's not HARD by any means but not super easy either.
I use it in conjunction with the duragloss Polish Bonding Agent and Aquawax as a topper (after 12 hours)
Collinite #845 Insulator Wax (wax)
Advance Auto Parts/ Carquest
10-14 dollars
I use it on customer's cars.
I use it on all colors.
I apply it by hand with a foam applicator.
Pros: It beads like a BEAST! Even my little sister can't kill this stuff on her black scion. It seems to last forever, I've recently come to the conclusion that it might not protect as well as I thought it did but it will continue to bead water even if it doesn't protect from bird ****, etc. The average person thinks that beads = a good wax job so hell, give them what they want.
Cons: It's kinda hard to remove, it tends to be greasy and sometimes dust can collect in the patterns you made while removing it. One wash takes care of that though.
Duragloss #951 Aqua Wax (spray sealant)
CarQuest/Duragloss.com
~$7.00
This stuff probably changed my detailing life. It goes on in a flash and works over anything I've tried. It's very very glossy and decently deep as well.
Pros: Everything. This **** is beautiful. If I were single and it wasn't illegal I'd marry AW. It smells so good too. It reminds me of the beach(which thanks to Hurricane DEAN I won't be visiting...)
Cons: None. (But don't leave the sprayer in the car on a hot day. This goes for all DG bottles, they don't fare well...)

OTC
Any of the Duragloss products or Collinite.
Big Brand OTC stuff:
I'd recommend ColorX if you paint isn't perfect, it's a good cleaner and lasts a long time. It's got a decent look to it, top it w/ some AW and it would be killer I'm sure.
I'd recommend Eagle One Nano Wax if your paint is in good shape... It lasts a bit longer than NXT and it's got a really nice look to it. It's very glossy and deep on dark colors. The pump bottle is a great idea as well...
I live in ****ing Northeast Ohio. Its either 100 or -10 no in between stuff here. Salt is like a daily occurrence and I swear I still see cars covered in the stuff in the summer. The rain here makes stuff covered in this odd dirt film. 4 year old cars rust to ground. It rains, it snows, tornadoes happen, it's like a weather apocalypse all the time.
I drive about 60 miles a day and the car sits outside at work all day and is garaged at night. I wash it 2x a week and the little lady's about once every 10 days or so.
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (Blacksheepsquad)

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I wash it 2x a week and the little lady's about once every 10 days or so.

The little ladys what?
 

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I love Blacksheep's products the mirror my own almost exactly.
 

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Poorboys isnt too bad. I switched from P21s to a tub of poorboys, gonna go back to P21s or something more expensive after i'm done.
 

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Poorboys isnt too bad.

If I could get Natty's Blue to last longer, I'd use it on everything and never want for another wax. Used it on my dad's Candy Apple Red metallic Sebring and I couldn't believe the way the flake popped. The paint looked a mile deep... Dad's kind of a non-enthusiast and noticed the difference right away. You can't look at my yellow Neon in the sun when it's wearing NB!

Usual stuff -
Collinite 476s I am an admitted superfan. It doesn't leave much wanting for looks, and it lasts FOREVER. Never had any application problems. It looks good & protects for about as long as a sealant, but has more of the warmer carnauba look that I prefer.
I do like the Meguiars 21- applies easily, removes easily, lasts a long time, and looks better on metallics than the Collinite. I used it on everything til I discovered how much I loved 476s.
Collinite 845 Trying this one for this winter. I was able to resist buying it online; then a guy had it for sale at Hershey this year & I couldn't help myself. It's on the Sebring right now - looks good but like it really muted the metallic. Probably awesome on non-met paints.
I like Color-X too - have used it on one of the winter beaters with good results. It lasts pretty well and like bannedsheep said, great cleaning ability for OTC.
Meguiar's Show Car Glaze Queen for a day indeed! Finally used it for the first time a couple weeks ago. I only had time to clay, not to do the one-step polish & Collinite app I had planned for my Solar Yellow daily driver Neon.... Applied a coat of #7 in the meantime, and it looks killer http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif I will say it smells just like the Deep Crystal #2 polish
I like this more than Danase Wet Glaze - I've tried that on several different colors - metalllics/non-metallics - and for the life of me can't see a difference. So either I'm doing it wrong, or something.
Been using Speed Demon quick wax from Surf City because I love their stuff & can buy it at Pep Boys now- adds a noticeable amount of gloss & smells good.... I still would like to try Aquawax, just because I feel like I have to try everything



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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (67Customs)

This thread is awesome! I finally got the difference between sealant and wax.
Thank you very much. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (le-di-snake)

I tried Collinite #845 along side Duragloss #105 on the hood & roof of my winter car which doesn't get washed a lot .. conclusion .. 845 beaded better than 105 right off the top but its now early Jan and I washed the car on Monday and the 105 still beads and sheets where the 845 is showing no signs of either.
This year I used both on customers cars for "winter waxes" and by the looks of the performance on my own I'll be going back to #105 exclusively.
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (Jesstzn)

This post needs to be 'sticky'd' in this forum. Excellent idea to keep a thread like this at the top so people have something to go off of. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
The waxes/sealants that I use have already been detailed above (Duragloss #105, NXT 2.0)
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (TXR32)

Quote, originally posted by le-di-snake »
Thank you very much. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

You are very welcome. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Quote, originally posted by Jesstzn »
...I'll be going back to #105 exclusively.
Once I found her, I never left her.

Quote, originally posted by TXR32 »
This post needs to be 'sticky'd' in this forum. Excellent idea to keep a thread like this at the top so people have something to go off of. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

My posts can't be stickied. The best I can do is put the new DIY/FAQ thread in my sig that have links to these typs of threads. That is really the only place I can put it so that people in the forum can see it as often as possible.
Thanks though.
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (TXR32)

Is there a list of waxes and sealants that are applied via machine? The ones listed above all say applied with applicator by hand.
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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (FL_Jetta08)

Quote, originally posted by FL_Jetta08 »
Is there a list of waxes and sealants that are applied via machine? The ones listed above all say applied with applicator by hand.
thanks
They say apply with an applicator by hand because that is what we prefer, not how it has to be applied. You can apply just about any wax or sealant with a machine if you want to. Manufacturers are generally not going to put "apply by machine" on their bottle, though.
 

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Re: FAQ - The Best Wax (67Customs)

Thanks... I just bought a PC and would kill myself if I were to damage my paint by assuming any wax/sealant were ok to use with it. Just being cautious. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Thanks for the info. Which wax is best applied with a PC and also layerable????
I'd like to make a wax purchase with the best outcome possible. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif


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