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What is The Best Car Wax?

Updated on September 11, 2013

A Review of the Best Car Wax Reviews!

I have often wondered this question, 'what is the best car wax?', when I go out to buy a car wax, and have never researched this before.

I do wax my car a number of times a year, so I decided to do some looking into this, and wasn't able to find anything close to specific enough for me.

I am, however, a member of a number of car communities, and what better place to find out.

I additionally took a poll to see what other enthusiasts use, and a number of whom responded are detailing fanatics, to use that term loosely.

The findings weren't at all what I expected. There are quite a few opinions about what the best car wax is.

* You can skip right ahead to see the list of the best car waxes here *

...which consists of the results from polls and votes - along with comments added to this page.

...or skip ahead and vote for the best wax and place your vote here

...and see what other people voted for.

*If you don't see your favorite wax on my list, I'd like to hear from you, so please leave a comment.

Photo credit Amazon

I would like to hear from you, even if you are not sure.

Which kind of car wax do you use?

Is there a car wax that is clearly the best for you?

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Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax - Pastewax

Place Your Vote for The Best Car Wax! - Vote to see what others voted for!

This is the whole point here, to gather experiences from people who wax their cars and find out what everyone is using, and then for anyone who visits this page, they can see what everyone is voting for.

Which car wax do you use?

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Best Car Wax List

  1. Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 Liquid
  2. Zymol Z503 Car Cleaner Wax
  3. Zaino Show Car Polish
  4. Turtle Wax T-223 Super Hard Shell Paste Wax
  5. Meguiar's G-7016 Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax
  6. Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax
  7. Meguiar's G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax
  8. Meguiar's A-2216 Deep Crystal Liquid Carnuba Wax
  9. Mothers 05550 California Gold Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax Paste (Ultimate Wax System, Step 3)
  10. Pinnacle Liquid Souveran Wax
  11. Auto Glym High Definition Wax
  12. Meguiars Hi-Tech Yellow Wax #26
  13. Turtle Wax T-6A Carnauba Liquid Wax
  14. 3M Performance Finish Synthetic Wax
  15. Turtle Wax T477 ICE Synthetic Spray Wax
  16. Kelly's World Famous TPS - Total Polymer Sealant
  17. Jax Wax
  18. Griot's Garage 11171 Best of Show Wax
  19. P21S Concours Carnauba Wax
  20. Turtle Wax T-412R Ultra Gloss Liquid Wax
  21. Collinite No. 476 Super Doublecoat Auto Wax
  22. Collinite 845 Insulator Wax
  23. Mothers 05750 California Gold Pure Carnauba Wax Liquid
  24. Collinite Marque D'Elegance Carnauba Paste Wax # 915
  25. Liquid Glass
  26. Adam's Americana Premium Carnauba Paste Car Wax
  27. Raindance Premium Liquid Wax (02510)
  28. Rejex Car Wax
  29. Malco Banana Creme Wax
  30. Blue Coral Wet Shine Car Wax
  31. GoTreo
  32. RJ Brown Fast Wax
  33. Meguairs #16

Meguiars Hi-Tech Yellow Wax 16 ounces

Mothers California Gold Carnauba Liquid Wax

Zymol Z503 Car Cleaner Wax

16 oz.

Turtle Wax T-223 Super Hard Shell Paste Wax

9.5 oz.

Meguiar's6 Deep Crystal Carnuba Wax. 16 oz. liquid

Turtle Wax T-6A Carnauba Cleaner Liquid Wax

16 oz.

Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiar's Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax ,16 oz.

Turtle Wax T-468R ICE Liquid Wax

14 oz.

Turtle Wax T-477R ICE Spray Wax

20 oz.

Griot's Garage 11171 Best of Show Wax

16 oz.

Adam's Americana Premium Carnauba Paste Car Wax

Best Car Wax Consensus

Is there even a consensus to be made?

During my own Research...

What I have found during research for the best car waxes, is that there is an unusually varied number of different opinions of favorite waxes, from all sorts of car enthusiasts.

I did notice a number of interjections from some contributors claiming that there is not a 'best car wax', but rather it is the choice depending on the need of the individual.

Of the more named brands were Mother's, Meguires, and Zaino, although only by a few extra mentions.

Overall, it was surprisingly even, each person claiming that such and such is their personal favorite, clearly through experience, and some even said they sometimes switch brands.

My consensus at this point is that there are a number of great brands out there and it is genuinely a matter of preference and need, or perhaps with how easy it is to apply, or even to the smell.

Best Wax Is Not Wax?

I am not saying this is so, but rather just putting it out there. I believe there is a website out there with this basically as it's domain. I have heard this about Zaino, how it is really popular, and am curious about it. I don't know how I feel about there not being the nice protective layer that you get from wax, but it is an interesting concept. Feel free to comment on this if you know about Zaino.

Zaino?

There seems to be a few people that swear by Zaino, so I've decided to create a Zaino discussion.

Have You Tried Zaino?

Best Car Waxing And Washing Methods

I asked a professional in the auto detailing industry to create a post for everyone to read about the best car waxing and washing methods and any other helpful tips he has to offer.

Washing And Waxing Is Good, But Is It Proper Maintenance For Your Paint?

by Casey Schletz

Photo, © Casey Schletz

A very common practice in car maintenance is washing your car regularly and applying wax a few times a year. While this will keep your paint rust free and protect your clear coat for the most part, the problems and imperfections will start surfacing to your attention sooner or later. My devoted passion to protecting and caring for my clients cars has given me a wealth of information I would like to share with you, on your car's exterior.

To start with, I'm going to review the 'Wash and Wax' principal. For those of you familiar with how a zamboni works on an ice rink, the zamboni first shaves off a thin layer of the old ice to level out the ice's surface. Then it lays fresh water over the top of the ice to replenish the depth.

This leaves a solid, clear, smooth sheet of new ice. Now think if the zamboni didn't cut off the old cracked ice, and just applied water over the top. The ice quality wouldn't be as solid and the clarity wouldn't be the same smooth, solid, glassy look because of all the cracks in the base layer.

Your car's paint is very similar to the zamboni principal. Your paint builds up scratches, swirl marks, water marks, and other imperfections. Along with all the particles and dirt that sit on your car in-between washes that actually melt into your clear coat when exposed to direct sunlight!

If you rub your hand against your paint does it feel like you're only rubbing against a soft clear coat, or can you also feel all those paint imperfections and particles bound to it? Unless you use the six step process I'm about to explain your answer is probably the second one.

The Professional 6 Step Process

1. Thoroughly wash your car - The better you wash your paint the easier the next steps will be.

2. Clay bar - Clay's purpose is to absorb all of those particles bound to your clear coat and for those of you who've used clay before know how amazing it works. This step leaves the paints surface nice and smooth before you start with a machine polisher.

3. Machine Polisher with cutting compound - This step is the same as the zamboni shaving off a thin layer off of the ice to make a solid base. If you're adventurous and want to do this yourself make sure you start with a light polishing pad and polishing agent and start on the rear passenger panel (in case you make a mistake). If the swirl marks aren't coming out than move up to a light cutting compound.

4. Machine Polish with Polishing compound - This step is only necessary if you used cutting compound in the previous step. The polish will remove the small swirl marks that can occur from using a cutting compound and the polish also adds important oils back into your paint.

5. Apply paint sealant - For those of you who've never used paint sealant before look it up! This step is like adding water back onto the ice to restore the depth of the clear coat that you took off when using the cutting compound. Most sealants are guaranteed to protect your paint for six months and the smoothness of your paint will amaze you!

6. Apply carnauba wax - This last step is to give your paint that nice deep glossy look that carnauba waxes are famous for.

Now after reading the first five steps, would you rather be applying your favorite wax on your car after a regular wash or onto an even leveled, particle free, swirl free, smooth surface?

Not everyone has the tools and products to do the full six step process, but it's a great hobby to take up if you'd like to spend a little more time in the garage on Saturday mornings. My passion and now career began with the theory I'm going to own a car the rest of my life, why not keep it looking and feeling like a brand new car?

Casey Schletz is a fellow Squidoo author and owner of Pristeam Detail, who specializes in Auto Detailing in San Diego.

Why Wax Your Car?

I was recently asked this, and it never occurred to me to explain why someone would want to wax their car.

I take it for granted since I pretty much live, eat and breathe cars, along with all of my immediate family, and lots of friends.

Wax creates a protective layer to preserve your paint. You may have thought that it is just to keep it looking pretty, which it does, but it does also serve a purpose.

It acts also as a water repellent, which is nice for minimizing hard water build up and puddling in crevices that eventually lead to rust, though the wax doesn't play a huge role in that aspect, as much as a protectant quality.

Anything that could harm the paint such as tree sap, or anything caught on the car while driving such as bugs, tar, or if someone decided to pour their coffee onto your car, the wax serves as an additional layer between your paint and the offensive mentions above, and it allows them to be cleaned off much easier.

One tip, for keeping an extra layer of protection, that a lot of drag racers do when they bring their streetcar up for the night, is leaving the wax on without buffing it off. That leaves even more of a layer of protection, that can be wiped away the next day quite easily.

You could do this to the front of your car before a long road trip if you are a fanatic, although then you need to buff it out of every little nook and cranny, which can be time consuming, though a car lover can appreciate that!

How Wax Saved My Paint

(for the most part)

One embarrassing example of my own, to demonstrate the protective qualities of wax, is what happened to me one day.

My car rolled under a chain link fence, all the way! Well, I had just waxed the car, and nowhere did it scratch all the way through the paint, and I am certain that is because of the wax. I wouldn't say it would absolutely protect against potential scratches and chips, but it will lessen the blow.

Mothers California Gold Clay Bar System - This is an amazing product if you have not tried it!

Mothers 07240 California Gold Clay Bar System
Mothers 07240 California Gold Clay Bar System

Clay bar is a pretty slow process, but wait till you feel the paint after you do this, it is just super smooth!

 

How Often To Wax

Generally it is recommended to wax your car twice a year, with a manual wax as listed here, not the spray on at the car wash, although that is a good idea during winter. You will see when the wax isn't repelling water as well on your paint which would be ideal to keep the wax finish year round. If you were in dire straits during the winter, you may seek out a mall parking spot in a heated garage and try your luck there, otherwise, a nice couple coats twice a year, in the warmer months.

Best Car Wax In My Opinion

Only by a slim margin as I have used a few others here that I liked a lot as well

I recently started using Zymol since it was a Christmas gift from my girlfriend.

I liked it a lot. It wiped away nice and easy, as I always wax by hand with my huge pile of foam pads and microfiber towels.

I have used Meguires California Gold a lot in the past, and liked that. But that was not quite as easy to come off.

I can attest to why waxing is a good idea for more than just one reason.

Of course the protective layer, the nice appearance and satisfaction you get from staring at it, and for my little story I mentioned above, involving a chain link fence.

The Best Way To Wax Your Car

More Car Wax and Detailing Kits and Supplies

Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit - And a couple other car wax and detailing kits and supplies

Leave Comments about the Best Car Wax!

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @RitaAnne: Pretty crazy right?

      I didn't either until I created this page.

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      Itsagoodlife 4 years ago

      Hey man here from omg checking out your lens just finished my first one. I am looking at yours and thinking I got a long way to go

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      RitaAnne 4 years ago

      Wow! I didn't know that there's so many different types of car waxes available. Great info though ;)

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @TACTCI LM: Crazy right? I still add a new brand here and there too

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: Probably still my favorite :)

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @rdcbizz: Thanks for the visit :)

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      Now that's a lot of different kinds of carwax!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Zymol is the best

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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      nice lens. Good info

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @h4v0c6: I wax by by hand, and do the 3 step process usually 1-2 times a year.

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @GARYG68: Thanks :)

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!! :) Enjoyed passing by!

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      GARYG68 4 years ago

      Really helpful, thanks very much.

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      h4v0c6 4 years ago

      Do you use an electric buffer or do you buff by hand? It takes more time, but I prefer buffing my hand.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Scotties-Rock: Very cool! You should try it some time, very satisfying :)

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Wow, I never knew there were so many. I will have to send this to my hubby, he is the waxer in the family. :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @AstroGremlin: Most definitely, and it's a good feeling after a good wax, you gotta sit there for a minute and enjoy your efforts!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @MikeRobbers LM: Glad it was helpful, yeah there are a few good choices out there

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      MikeRobbers LM 5 years ago

      Now I know, there are waxes for car too :) very helpful, thanks a lot for sharing

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      MissRubyStars 5 years ago

      Very helpful..thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      iam using Maguire g175 as my second wax thanks for useful lens

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Very helpful lens! I learned that deep cleaning, including claying, should precede a good hard wax. Carnuba is too much like work for me so I use the modern tech waxes. Without wax, your paint is at the mercy of sun, dirt, birds, tree sap, everything!

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      AshleyCarew1 5 years ago

      really useful, thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice

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      @ekkoautos: It stays neutral :)

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      @anonymous: lol

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      @CameronPoe: That has been around forever

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      @anonymous: That seems to be the consensus :)

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      @newbizmau: Agreed

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      @DMVAgent: Definitely need to try that

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      @Rangoon House: I hope it went well :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Good information! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Wow...So great content on your lens...Go up up up...Visit my and thank you...

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @PleskDubai: Hopefully someone will answer this.

      I'm not an expert detailer, that being said I personally have used Mother's products on wheels, even with a cloth, and it worked nice.

      I don't know for certain if that is the vest for wheels that have any sort of coating or finish.

      I have also used quick wax just to buff them up as it makes sense that that would leave a protective coating.

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      PleskDubai 5 years ago

      Does anyone wax the alloy rims / wheels? What product do you use

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      @barbiefashionistas: Thanks Barbie :)

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      barbiefashionistas 5 years ago

      I shall forward this page to Ken, lots of good information for him to find.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: It has been a while for me as well, need to get that coat on before the snow!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm embarrassed to say that we rarely wax our cars. Hubby did wax the boat this spring before launching it the first time.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Spook LM: There is no replacement for elbow grease, that's for sure...and waxing can be a nice workout :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: It really is, it's also the best feeling after, to just kick back and look at it :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Its amazing how much a difference a car wax can make bringing back the shine of an automobile.

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      AntonioM23 5 years ago

      OMG,i really need to buy wax.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Onemargaret LM: LOL yeah, it's pretty interesting. The preferences are many.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Wow! Everybody has an opinion about car wax.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Mike, that is a serious testimonial with your stable of cars. As I think I mentioned, I saw Zaino mentioned a lot on the Corvette Forums, and a friend of mine with one of the nicest cars I know uses it too. Something to definitely think about.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Zaino is the best car care product available today. I drive an 04 Cayenne, 04 Carrera, 04 Range Rover and a 04 Silverado (black). I was looking for a good wax or polish, did the research and decided to give Zaino a shot. Now mind you I spend a lot of time on these cars as I find it takes my mind off of life for a period of time.

      I ordered on-line and received the necessary help in picking the products by the Zaino staff. The shipment arrived in just a couple of days. That was six years ago and today my cars are showroom clean, really, no bs here. I was pleasantly shocked at how they looked better with every layer of polish.

      I'm a Zaino loyal custome for life.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      My daughter is involved in a fundraising car wash tomorrow - I would recommend your suggestions if I thought a waxing might be possible in the $5 charge.

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      Yep, I like Zaino. :))

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I think I'm going to try the Meguires but the Zaino sounds interesting. Worth looking into.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have used Zaino in the past. It gives a shine that is incredible especially on dark colors. I think it takes more work to use Zaino then other wax but it does last a long time. I currently use meguires NXT 2 and Mothers carnauba cleaner wax now and both my vehicles look awesome. Pick a wax or sealant that YOU like and stick with it. That is the best wax for you.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I still use Turtle Wax since I'm old school.

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      We do need the professional to take care of our car wax but it is important to have good advice like what this len is offering right now. Great len and I "like" it.

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      miauw99 5 years ago

      great lens...

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      Honestly I leave the waxing to a professional. I ruined the paint of my Corvette trying to do it on my own. Ending up costing more than the $8.99 bottle they sold me.

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      AndieDee 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great lens

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, car wax has surely changed over the years to produce some of the finest off the shelf choices ... I have been using Meguiar's.

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      dixiebliss 5 years ago

      @gottaloveit2: I can't think of many better ways to spend a beautiful summer evening than with my car!!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      When i used to wax my car, I used to use Turtle wax. I'd park under a shady tree, turn on the radio loud, and have at it. Nice way to spend a summer evening.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      This is a good lens. Featured it on Classic and Vintage Cars. Well done, hugs

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now I know, there are waxes for car too.

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      ekkoautos 6 years ago

      Review of Reviews, it's a clever point of view

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      turtle wax is the best.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      There's nothing that beats a bit of elbow grease applied with many of these products. I can vouch for this with My Jag lens but so far have never got around to adding some products I like and more is the pity.

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      @writerkath: Hehe, I always feel amazing after waxing my car :)

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      @stylingparts: I like Meguiars as well.

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      stylingparts 6 years ago

      greta lens, i bought some meguiars ultimate quick wax and haven't had chance to try a lot of the others ...thx :)

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      I actually bought some car wax about 3 years ago with the intention of MAYBE spending some time to spruce up my car. And what do you think? It's still sitting in the basement! :) I guess I'm just not much into cars. Except when I want a new one, that is! :)