The Best Wax for Black Cars of 2019: The Perfect Shine!

Jan 3, 2018 | Detailing, Reviews

Let’s be honest, black is the best color for any car that has no defects. But, as soon as various imperfections start popping up, the overall look of the vehicle diminishes. Some people believe that black hides imperfections, but that is not true. In fact, it can even make certain flaws pop.

So, we can all agree that waxing your car is incredibly important if you want to keep it looking new. However, most car owners don’t really know a lot about car wax at all. So, when the time comes, they don’t know where to start. For that reason, we have taken it upon ourselves to create a list of the five best wax for black cars.

The Best Wax for Black Cars:

NameTypePros 
Meguiar's Wax

Meguiar

Synthetic

  • The Ultimate Paste wax gives a very durable coat of wax over your paint
  • A deep finish comparable to high-end carnauba waxes
  • Long lasting protection

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CarGuys Hybrid Wax Sealant

CarGuys

Synthetic

  • Incredibly easy to use, you can finish the exterior in 15 minutes
  • You can also use this sealant on your car’s interior, including all of the surfaces
  • Works as a wax, sealant, and a polish
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Pinnacle Souveran Paste Wax

Pinnacle

Carnauba

  • A great deep shine, perfect for car shows
  • Easy to use and quick to apply
  • It is great for handling in both hot and humid weather
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P21S Wax

P21S

Carnauba

  • Natural Carnauba Paste Wax that is easy to use and remove
  • Excellent depth and shine on the finish
  • Good price to quality ratio
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Wolfgang Carnauba Wax

Wolfgang

Carnauba

  • Best of both worlds. The gloss and the depth of natural wax with the durability and longevity of polymers
  • Buttery-smooth application
  • Excellent water protection
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meguiar paste wax

Meguiar

Type

Synthetic

Pros

  • The Ultimate Paste wax gives a very durable coat of wax over your paint
  • A deep finish comparable to high-end carnauba waxes
  • Long lasting protection

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carguys hybrid wax sealant

Carguys

Type

Synthetic

Pros

  • Incredibly easy to use, you can finish the exterior in 15 minutes
  • You can also use this sealant on your car’s interior, including all of the surfaces
  • Works as a wax, sealant, and a polish

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pinnacle souveran paste wax

Pinnacle

Type

Carnauba

Pros

  • A great deep shine, perfect for car shows
  • Easy to use and quick to apply
  • It is great for handling in both hot and humid weather

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P21S carnauba wax

P21S

Type

Carnauba

Pros

  • Natural Carnauba Paste Wax that is easy to use and remove
  • Excellent depth and shine on the finish
  • Good price to quality ratio

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wolfgang füzion carnauba wax

Wolfgang

Type

Carnauba

Pros

  • Best of both worlds. The gloss and the depth of natural wax with the durability and longevity of polymers
  • Buttery-smooth application
  • Excellent water protection

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Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax

1. Best Overall

Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste Wax

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Meguiar is a company that has a long history of providing some of the best car waxes. This one is a synthetic polymer wax that offers a durable coating.

When it comes to performance, however, that is where it gets really sweet. Meguiar’s Ultimate Wax really offers that deep finish that can contend with carnauba wax. That’s also why it’s our top pick for the best car wax for black cars.

This tin specifically comes with 11 oz of wax. As they say in the car wax industry, a little goes a long way. In the case of waxes, you always want to use small amounts to start so as not to prolong drying time.

While this isn’t a carnauba vs. synthetic comparison, we should mention that this wax won’t turn plastic and rubber parts hazy white. If you have used carnauba waxes, you probably know how irritating it can be when you accidentally go over these parts.

In comparison to most carnauba waxes, this synthetic option is definitely budget friendly. In general, synthetic wax lasts longer than carnauba. So if you’re after an everyday wax for your car, this is a great option. If you’re after car show shine, then scroll on to the last three options.

Pros and cons

  • The Ultimate Paste wax gives a very durable coat of wax over your paint
  • It is an excellent choice for cars that are left outside during the night due to the protection it gives
  • A deep finish comparable to high-end carnauba waxes
  • Long lasting protection
  • Carnauba holds better in extremely high temperatures
  • Carnauba also still has it beat in terms of a deep shine
CarGuys Hybrid Wax Sealant

2. Best Value

Hybrid Sealant by CarGuys

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This synthetic product is here to replace multiple others. It works as a car wax, polish, and sealant and it does all of that well.

It is suitable for pretty much every part of your car and any paint that you use. That means that you can use it on your car’s exterior as well as the interior. This includes glass, fiberglass, plastic parts, and even your rims if you want.

Some people even use this to give their tool boxes a proper finish. We have even seen people use this sealant on their chrome sinks.

That means that this is one of the rare products that you don’t have to obsess about tarnishing other materials. In fact, since it also works as a polish, you can even use it to hide minor scratches.

It offers long-lasting protection for your car and more specifically UV protection for your paint. A protective coat should last you anywhere between three and six months. With that said, that will highly depend on your washing and other detailing habits.

The thing we love the most about this wax is the time it takes to wax your car. Believe it or not, most report that they can wax their entire car in 15 minutes.

Pros and cons

  • Incredibly easy to use, you can finish the exterior in 15 minutes
  • You can also use this sealant on your car’s interior, including all of the surfaces
  • Works as a wax, sealant, and a polish
  • In our experience, 18 ounces of this product is enough to wax your car around six times
  • Do not use it in direct sunlight
  • The finish doesn’t match the one you can get with a carnauba wax
Pinnacle Natural Brilliance Souveran Wax

3. Best for Car Shows

Natural Brilliance Souveran Paste by Pinnacle

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To preface, this product could be considered the best wax for black cars because of its incredible finish, and beautiful depth of shine. With that said, the biggest pitfall is the price.

If you are willing to pay a bit more for a top-of-the-line product, you should go with Souveran. It is the car wax most car perfectionists and enthusiasts love to use.

It is a natural wax that comes straight from the best Brazilian ivory carnauba you can get. That is precisely why the Souveran is one of the most popular waxes to use before car shows. So, if you are feeling slightly competitive, go for this one.

If you know what you are doing, you can get a real 3-dimensional look on your car’s finish. In our experience, carnauba wax works best with black cars because the paint gets that shimmery deep finish that most people are after.

The carnauba wax itself comes from tropical valleys of northern Brazil. The leaves of certain plants actually secrete this wax to get protection from heat and rainwater. These features are perfect for your car’s finish.

Using this wax is amazing. It almost feels as if you are just spreading warm butter over your car. It is easy, and it gets excellent coverage. Namely, you should have about 25 applications per purchase.

Pros and cons

  • A great deep shine, perfect for car shows
  • Easy to use and quick to apply
  • It is great for handling in both hot and humid weather
  • It is really expensive. To be more precise, it is up to five times more expensive than the competitors
  • The shine doesn’t last as long as you would expect for that much money
P21S Carnauba Wax

4. Best Carnauba Wax on a Budget

Carnauba Concours Wax by P21S

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If you want a good, deep gloss on a black car, you should always reach for a paste wax, and that is where P21s steps in. They offer incredible results that can compete with top brands for only a fraction of the price.

In fact, that is the exact reason many detailing professionals go for P21s as their primary weapon of choice.

But, back to the wax. As we said, paste wax will give the best results for black vehicles. It doesn’t really matter which exact blend the company is using. You can go with 100% carnauba, a beeswax mix, or even a hybrid between natural and synthetic ingredients. This particular wax is a blend of beeswax and carnauba.

The application itself is as simple and easy as you would want it to be. It is fast, user-friendly, and enjoyable. Simply open the jar, take the applicator pad out (it sits neatly in the jar cap) and get to it.

We also didn’t notice any staining on the trims of the cars we were working on. We even “forgot” a bit of wax on one of the cars for over an hour to see how easily we can remove it. And, to be honest, it was rather easy.

Pros and cons

  • Natural Carnauba Paste Wax that is easy to use and remove
  • Excellent depth and shine on the finish
  • Good price to quality ratio
  • It doesn’t leave that annoying white stain on black plastic molding
  • The jar lid is a bit hard to screw off
Wolfgang Füzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax

5. Best for Long-Lasting Shine

Wolfgang Fuzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax

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Somewhere between the price tags of Pinnacle’s Souveran and the P21s lies the Wolfgang Fuzion.

This handcrafted blend of a high-tech polymer and natural carnauba wax brings home the best of both worlds. You will have the shine and the depth of the carnauba wax, with the extreme protection of high-tech polymers.

Straight out of the box, we can say that it smells great (like candy most Carnauba users would say). But, initially, we thought that the wax a bit too hard. However, we were wrong. As soon as we began working with the applicator pad, everything went as smooth as it should.

Also, Wolfgang Fuzion seems to follow the “little product – long way” philosophy of manufacture. With only a bit of product, we were capable of covering quite a bit of the surface area.

When it comes to the depth and the gloss, we have to say that we are happy with the results. It gives that excellent wet look many people seem to chase, and the finish has the necessary depth to it. Also, the water beading was as perfect as we would expect out of this product.

But, you might wonder why exactly you should purchase this product since it offers the same benefits as the P12s Concours and is almost twice as expensive. Well, here’s the thing, the polymer part of the blend in the Wolfgang Fuzion means that the coating will last longer and provide better UV protection.

Pros and cons

  • Best of both worlds. The gloss and the depth of natural wax with the durability and longevity of polymers
  • Buttery-smooth application
  • Excellent water protection
  • Almost as expensive as Souveran

What to Look for in Black Car Wax

collection of black car wax

Your car’s worst enemy when it comes to paint maintenance is the sun. One of the only ways to combat issues like the sun, pollution, and other contaminants is a car wax. We’ve outlined products we feel to be the best for black cars, but here are some things you should probably focus on when making your decision.

Styles of Car Wax

Car wax comes in three different mediums: Spray, paste, and liquid. Let’s take a quick look at each of those:

Spray Waxes

Buying a spray wax is an excellent choice for anyone who has a new car. These sprays are easy to use, and they are usually compatible with plastic. Furthermore, they are excellent at covering up spots. However, their durability is not the greatest.

Liquid Waxes

Liquid waxes usually perform rather well. They are excellent for cleaning and durability, and they offer a nice gloss. But, they can be quite difficult to use. Getting that nice and even coat can be challenging, and, you might end up making a few mistakes. Remember that less is more when it comes to car waxes, you don’t need a huge liquid glob.

Paste

Paste waxes are rather easy to use and manipulate. Most importantly, with paste waxes, you can get that professional-grade look with almost no effort and less than half of an hour of time.

hand waxing black car

Types of Wax

When it comes to car wax you can expect two types. The first being carnauba and the other being a synthetic, chemically formulated option.

Carnauba

Brazil wax or Carnauba is the go-to among car enthusiasts. This wax comes from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera palm grown in Brazil. This material is sought after because of it’s high melting point, and for being insoluble in water. It is also non-toxic and can be polished easily. What do these properties lead to? The perfect wax.

If you’re after a deep wet healthy shine, then this is the option for you. With that said, it has all the properties for being a great wax, and that comes at a price. In nearly all cases a Carnauba wax is going to cost a lot more than a synthetic alternative.

Synthetic

These waxes are typically a “proprietary” blend of chemicals resulting in a wet and long lasting shine. Different companies use different formulas with varying amounts of plastics, silicones, petroleum distillates, resins, and polymers.

The main advantage of synthetic options is that they last longer than Carnauba. With that said, the results from an aesthetic standpoint aren’t up to snuff.

Application

This can be a bit hard to explain, but luckily Turtle Wax has a decent video that goes over this. You can follow the same methodologies as the product used in the video. The application is based on wax type/style, not on the brand used.

Conclusion

Finding a good balance is hard, it usually comes down to cost-effectiveness, which is where our mindset was at in this review. In the end, choosing the best wax for black cars is a highly subjective thing, and it’s up to you.

If your car is used only for events and really needs to show off deep black colors, then go with the latter three options. If you’re after something that is cost effective and results in a long-lasting wax, then the former two options will work beautifully.

Richard Reed

Writer for TheVehicleLab.com

The Vehicle Lab

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