Paint sealant and car wax are essentially the same thing. They are coatings applied to your car’s paint to protect it from nature and add a deep, wet-look shine.
Car waxes are produced using natural waxes, such as Brazilian Carnauba, or they synthetically created using polymers or acrylic resins. Today, most car wax product contain a mixture of ingredients that offer unique protection and gloss enhancing properties.
What Wax are You Looking For?
Regardless of how a car wax is formulated, car waxes and paint sealants are both designed to protect your car’s paint from exposure to the sun, moisture and pollution. Without the sacrificial coating provided by a car wax, your vehicle’s paint finish will quickly oxidize and deteriorate.
Beyond protection, car waxes and paint sealants also make your car’s paint finish reflect more light. As a result, your car will appear to have more color and vibrancy.
Many car enthusiasts feel that Carnauba car waxes, like the popular Carnauba by P21S, add an element of depth and warmth and shine that looks more natural. Paint sealants, on the other hand, tend to offer more brilliance, sparkle and lasting protection.
What About Cleaner Waxes?
A cleaner wax is essentially a car polish and wax in one. This type of product allows you to polish (clean) and wax (protect and shine) your car in a single step, but most often the products are a compromise.
It’s difficult to create a polish containing wax because the wax acts as a lubricant, which limits polishing ability. And, it’s just as difficult to get a wax to stick when you’re scrubbing it off with polishes and cleaners.
You can see our cleaner wax recommendations below.
The Best Car Wax Revealed
The secret to car wax is that it should be simple. No cleaners, no fancy polymers to mess things up and no powders that leave a white residue. The only way to describe it is “Like Butter!” Then the shine hits you, like, WHOA! Where in the world did that come from?
I could recommend only high priced paste wax, but it won’t go on easier or give better-looking results. I’m going to point you in the direction of getting the best bang for your buck. No nonsense here.
I’m often asked “What’s the best car wax?” or “What’s the best car wax for a black car?” The answer to these questions is very simple. The best car wax is the wax you will actually use. I know that sounds obvious, but it’s so true.
Just Choose What Work’s For You
How often have you purchased something that was recommended to you as being “the best,” only to find out it was very difficult to use? Did you use it again? Let’s not waste any more money.
The fact is, there are a lot of good car wax products available. By this I mean they do a good job protecting your car and make it look good, too. What makes a good car wax great is one that’s very easy to apply!
Best Car Wax Recommendations
Here are a few recommendations for car waxes that I like (because they work!)
Carnauba Paste Waxes
- The famous Carnauba Wax by P21S (most popular, referenced above.)
- Pinnacle Natural Brilliance Souveran Paste Wax (when price is no object… best experience.)
- Meguiar's Gold Class Plus Paste Wax (great shine and you can’t lose with this choice!)
Paint Sealants Top Picks
- Meguiar’s NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 (most popular by far.)
- Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze (best shine and ease of use.)
- Deep Gloss Paint Sealant by Wolfgang (premium durability and wet-look shine.)
The Quality Cleaner Waxes
- Optimum Poli-Seal (the best protection.)
- Klasse All In One (best cleaner and polish, easiest to use.)
- Zymol Z503A Cleaner Wax (really easy application.)
So What’s Next…
Be sure to check out How to Wax a Car after you’ve armed yourself with the best waxing products!