Black Car Wax

 2008 Shelby Mustang Super Snake waxed with carnauba paste.


Black car wax is something I have been asked about on occasion. I've seen a couple black paint specific products on the shelf claiming to work wonders.


I tried one out of curiosity a few years ago just to see if it lived up to the hype. Admittedly it did give the paint a richer appearance and it hid the fine scratches.

However being that it was capable of hiding scratches meant the wax was full of fillers. Waxes like these are designed to make your paint look great for a very short amount of time. To me its just not worth it if a wax needs to be applied after every wash!

This page is for any color paint however, as they all require proper care to keep them looking great. Unfortunately black and all dark colored vehicles show flaws much easier than light colored ones. Therefore they require more attention to keep them looking good.

There are many waxes and paint sealants out there that will make your paint look amazing and they aren't full of fillers!

The key to a great wax job is doing a quality paint surface prep first. Using a clay bar and if necessary polishing out scratches will ensure a longer life span of your wax.


There are some questions you need to answer before making a purchase.

Do you enjoy waxing your vehicle often? Do you want it to look its best for a car show? Do you want a wax that will provide long lasting protection for your daily driver?

To give your black paint the most amazing wet look, you need a carnauba wax. Carnauba wax comes in paste and liquid form. Both work well, but I find the most impressive black car wax is a carnauba paste.

Carnauba waxes look fantastic, the downside is they don't last very long. Frequent washing and poor weather conditions will wear the wax off fast. Most won't last more than a month or two. So carnaubas require re-application fairly frequently.

To get longer lasting protection without frequent application you will need to go with a paint sealant. Sealants are man made and designed to last much longer than carnauba wax which is natural.

Sealants don't quite provide the amazing rich gloss of a carnauba, but they still look great. Some are close to rivaling the carnauba gloss! On paint surfaces that have been properly prepped with a clay bar , a sealant could protect anywhere from 6 months to a year depending on weather conditions and frequency of washing.

For both carnauba wax and paint sealant, applying thin coats is key. Thick coats are not only difficult to wipe off, they can give paint a streaky appearance.

Carnauba paste that has been applied too thick and allowed to set up for too long. Was almost rock hard on this corvette!


For most waxes its best to work on one panel at a time. This allows for easier buffing. Sealants on the other hand can be applied to the entire vehicle before buffing off. Make absolutely sure the coat of sealant is thin and allow it to set up for at least 45 minutes before wiping off. The longer it is allowed to set up, the more effective the sealant will be.


Do not wash your vehicle for at least 24 hours after you have waxed or sealed it. 48-72 hours is ideal.

Notice the reflections in this awesome corvette pace car. Its amazing what a carnauba wax can do to a properly prepped black paint job!

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