The 10 best car waxes are available in three forms: liquid, paste, and spray. They each have their advantages. For example, paste wax is easy to apply while liquid wax cleans best. Of the three, spray wax leaves the least amount of stains on plastic car parts but can prove to be harder to uniformly apply and buff out. If your car is an older model or the finish shows signs of oxidization you'll probably do best to use a car wax that ranks high for cleaning to help bring back the shine.
1. Mothers California Gold Original Formula Carnauba Cleaner Wax
Rated 5.0 at Tendango, Original Formula Carnauba Cleaner Wax is easy to apply and cleans and protects in one application. It's a light polish that softens minor flaws and makes your paint look its best and is particularly effective on fiberglass and gel coats. You can buy this one in liquid or paste.
2. Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax
Consumer Reports lists Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax as one of its best buys. It's reasonably priced and a good all-around cleaner and wax that performed well in their tests.
3. 5 Star Shine
5 Star Shine is listed as the best car wax at Car Detective. Its special patented PPS formula provides long-lasting shine that promises to outperform other products and is guaranteed to last for years as it repels dirt and holds its shine.
4. Zaino Show Car Polish
Also rated 5.0 at Tendango's 10 best car waxes, Zaino car polishes, cleaners and protectants are technologically advanced products specially engineered for show cars.
5. Eagle One
Although Eagle One doesn't give you a long-lasting shine, it's great for a quick shine and reasonably priced. Consumer Reports' recommends the brand for its easy shine and compatibility with plastics.
7. DuPont Teflon Ultra Wax
Listed as number five among the 10 best car waxes at Consumer Reports, DuPont Teflon Ultra Wax contains unique Teflon finish protectors. They provide an invisible, non-stick coating that keeps your car shiny for longer.
8. Nu Finish Once-a-Year Car Polish
Nu Finish Car Polish has been rated number one by six leading consumer testing magazines. Criteria included quality of protection, durability, gloss enhancement and best value for your money. Applied once a year, this car polish has proven it will bead, shine, and continue to protect your car's finish between applications.
9. One Grand Blitz Carnauba Wax
Among the top car waxes ranked at Tendango, One Grand Blitz Carnauba Wax works well on all kinds of paint colors to protect against harmful elements. This easy-to-apply wax contains no cleaners or abrasives and is long-lasting.
10. Zymol Hand Crafted Waxes - Creame Wax
Zymol waxes and glazes give your car protection and a durable sheen. However, the company recommends using Zymol HD-Cleanse to remove old wax, tar and stains before you apply Zymol Wax, or it won't bond to the paint's surface.