5 Best Waxes for Black Cars of 2018 [Strong Shine!]

Jul 5, 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 car 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 good for years to come. However, most car owners don’t really know a lot about car wax at all. So, when the time comes to buy some and work on their cars, they don’t know where to start. For that reason, we have taken it upon ourselves to create a top list of the five best car waxes for black cars.

Top 5 Waxes for Black Paintwork

NameTypePros 

Meguiar

Synthetic

  • 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

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CarGuys

Synthetic

  • Incredibly easy to use, you can finish the entire vehicle 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

Carnauba

  • The best finish you can imagine. Results are excellent, even for car shows
  • Easy to use and quick to apply
  • It is great for handling both hot and humid weather
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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

  • 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

Type

Synthetic

Pros

  • 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

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Carguys

Type

Synthetic

Pros

  • Incredibly easy to use, you can finish the entire vehicle 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

Type

Carnauba

Pros

  • The best finish you can imagine. Results are excellent, even for car shows
  • Easy to use and quick to apply
  • It is great for handling both hot and humid weather

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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

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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1. Best Overall

Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste Wax

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When we see “Meguiar’s” on any product, we immediately start having high expectations for it. After all, the company has a long history of providing some of the best car waxes around. This one is a synthetic polymer wax that offers a durable coating. We also love the fact that it smells like candy. Just remember not to eat it.

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.

And, while we are at the carnauba vs. synthetic comparison, there is something else we have to mention. The Meguiar’s wax won’t turn plastic and rubber parts you accidentally go over hazy white. And, if you use carnauba, you probably know how irritating that can be. Of course, we would still recommend using masking tape to cover the plastic trim. But, if you end up accidentally messing up, everything will still be fine.

The next tip we would like to give you is to avoid applying the wax too heavily. You will end up using too much of it, and it will take a lot longer for it to dry. Also, the “wax off” part of the formula will be that much harder to do. We would recommend waxing one section of a car at a time. Give it three to five minutes to cure, and then remove the wax. If you are not sure if it is dry enough, just run your finger gently across the wax. If it smears, you should let it wait a bit more.

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
  • Natural car wax still has that something special that makes working with it fulfilling

2. Best Value

Hybrid Wax Sealant by CarGuys

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Are you looking for the ultimate user experience on your end? Well then, why not go with the CarGuys Hybrid Wax sealant. This synthetic product is here to replace multiple other products. It works as car wax, a polish, and a sealant and it does all of that well.

It is suitable for pretty much any part of your car and any paint that you use. That means that you can use it not only on the exterior of your car but also on the interior elements. That includes glass, fiberglass, plastic parts, and even your rims if you want. Some people 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 easily use it to hide minor scratches.

It really does work rather well. It gives lasting protection for your car. This product will also provide UV protection for your paint job. To be a bit more precise, a protective coat should last you anywhere between three and six months. Of course, that depends on your washing habits and multiple other details.

And, the thing we love the most about this sealant – the time it takes to wax your car. Believe it or not, you can finish up with your car waxing in literally 15 minutes. This product represents a superbly easy way to help your car look great between detailing sessions.

Lastly, CarGuys always stand behind their products. In the case of their Hybrid Wax sealant, that means that they are more than willing to provide you with a refund if you are not happy with the results this sealant gives you. So, at the very least, you can know that this is a risk-free purchase.

Pros and cons

  • Incredibly easy to use, you can finish the entire vehicle 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
  • You have to make sure your car is cool to the touch before using this product. Do not use it in direct sunlight
  • The finish doesn’t match the one you can get with a carnauba wax

3. Best for Car Shows

Natural Brilliance Souveran Paste Wax by Pinnacle

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If you are willing to pay a bit more for the top-of-the-line product, you should go with Souveran. It is the car wax most car perfectionists would love to use. The Souveran gives an incredible finish with beautiful depth and shine. 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. That is how much depth you are getting with the Souveran. In our experience, this wax works best with black cars. Black paint gets that shimmery finish most people dream about.

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. And those features are exactly what makes it 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. So, that is definitely something you should consider. And, even if you aren’t really that excited to see those results, you will still be thankful for a 20-minute car wax job. With other waxes, it usually takes us ten times as much time to get the similar level of depth and dazzle.

Pros and cons

  • The best finish you can imagine. Results are excellent, even for car shows
  • Easy to use and quick to apply
  • It is great for handling 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

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 dark car, you should always reach for a paste wax. And that is where P21s steps in. This company is generating a lot of hype around their products. 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.

We have worked the magic with this wax on dozens of cars. And, we are happy to say that it gave us an excellent performance every time. It works well on any color you apply it to, but we still got the best results with darker tones.

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 which can potentially cause difficulties

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. But, initially, we thought that the wax is 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 of one of our cars.

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 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

How to Choose the Best Wax?

Making a decision is never easy. And, when it comes to buying something you don’t know a lot about, the task becomes even harder. Now that you know a bit about what we believe which car waxes are the best for black cars, here are some things you should probably focus on when making your call:

Your Car

The first thing you should be taking into account is your car. If you have a new car, it won’t require much more than an easy spray wax. However, if you have an older one, you should aim for liquid waxes that can help with cleaning. But, more on that later.

The next thing about your car you should consider is the amount of plastic. Some waxes tend to leave a white residue over dark plastic areas. So, if you want to keep your trims clean, you should probably look for products that advertise plastic compatibility.

Types of Wax

Car wax comes in three different types: Spray, paste, and liquid. Let’s take a quick look at every one 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.

Paste Waxes

Easy to use and they perform almost as good as the liquid ones. But, 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.

Conclusion

In the end, choosing the best wax for your car is a highly subjective thing, and it is up to you. We just hope that our list can help you out. If you can afford to spend a bit more money, we would recommend using the Pinnacle’s Souveran paste wax. And, if you are looking to save some money, and still get excellent natural results, you can turn to the P21s.

Richard Reed

Writer for TheVehicleLab.com

The Vehicle Lab

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