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An Overview of Top Car Wax Brands

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Auto and Trucks

Many car owners take a great deal of pride in their automobiles. Keeping a care looking and running great does take some effort, but is often well worth the time it takes. 

Car waxing is one of the ways we keep our vehicles looking great; it is also an important means of protecting your car's paint job from being worn down by the elements. When selecting a car wax for your car, there are several points to consider.

First, be aware of what type of wax you need for your car. The age of your paint job will be one key factor in determining what type will do the job. As an example, a spray wax is most effective with a newer paint job that has not yet seen a lot of wear and tear outside and has been less subject to the oxidation process. They also will work well on plastic and fiberglass sections and most certainly they are very convenient when it comes to application.  Simply spray on and you are good to go. 

If spray wax looks like the way for you to go, consider brands like DuPont's Teflon Spray Wax (which offers a nice protective layer that helps to protect against UV rays and various environmental pollutants) or Frenzy Spray Wax, which boasts that their product will last for up to three weeks and will not streak if you happen to get any of the product on windows. 

Paste waxes are another popular choice, and one that is relatively easy to apply. Unlike spray wax, a paste wax will involve application and then removal after the product has dried to a haze.  Most brands will dry in 30 to 45 seconds, so there is not a long waiting period. Typically the protection from a past wax application is a little stronger than that of a spray wax, making it a better choice for a paint job that is a few years old. 3M's Show Car Paste Wax offers one of the better gloss finishes you can get with a paste wax and creates a good layer of protection. Turtle Wax's Super Hard-Shell Paste Wax works well on cars that have a clear coat layer on top of the paint job.  Because the Turtle Wax product does not require a lot of muscle to remove after it has dried to a haze, there is much less chance of any damage to the surface due to rubbing or buffing.

Liquid waxes are the type of choice for many car owners, whether the paint job is brand new or twenty years old. Noted for leaving a glossy finish and being very durable, they do require some extra work.  Liquid waxes are harder to apply evening than paste waxes and usually take a little longer to dry to a haze. It also requires a little more elbow grease to rub off the haze, but the end result is considered well worth it by many people. Turtle Wax Ice is one up and coming brand. It claims to be usable for not only your painted surfaces, but also your chrome, plastic and rubber trim, and even the tires. For something more tried and true, consider Black Magic Liquid Wax.  It has been around for a few years now, and is said to give excellent UV protection while minimizing swirls and other minor imperfections that may be become part of your paint job over the years.

The market is loaded with many different types of car waxes, all claiming to be the best at what they do. Figure out which type is best for your vehicle and then give some of them a try. Chances are you will find one that is just right for your car.