You may have applied a protective coat of wax or sealant to your car before winter, but, judging by how a lot of it disappeared in our test, there’s a good chance it needed some repair. ‘be refreshed unless you use one of our top picks.
Ceramics was the buzzword in auto care 12 months ago and more products have been launched over the past year with this magical ingredient. We ran our longest test, totaling almost six months, to find the one that best matches the ceramic hype.
We had no shortage of contenders for the 15 spot in the test, but there are still a lot more waxes and sealants that do a great job without the magical ingredient SiO2, and we’ve focused on those here.
How we tested them
Unlike ceramics, there is a wide range of formats, from hard waxes and pastes to liquids and spray sealants. We applied 24 to their manufacturer’s instructions on a carefully prepared bonnet, which was clayey and had all existing coating removed.
The hood was left outside for six weeks during the worst winter conditions, with water beads regularly assessed. Beading was the heart of the test, but we also took into account ease of use and price, taking into account that hard waxes go further than liquids.
- Bilt-Hamber Dual Speed Wax
- Angel wax n ° 1
- Ultra High Definition Wax Autoglym and Extra shine protection
Bilt-Hamber Dual Speed Wax
The dual speed wax advantage in bead testing was not as great as we’ve seen in the past, but consider the microfiber cloth and sponge applicator you get for the price as well. crack and you have a clear winner.
Some rivals edged him ahead at different stages of the test, but he was still up front and was the most vigorous at the end. An impressive performance once again that puts in the shadow of much more expensive rivals.
Angel wax n ° 1
We’re never quite sure what the guys at Angelwax will send for our wax and putty test, and this time it’s formulation # 1. He made our top five in our last test in 2016, and he takes our second place here.
The hand-made, hand-cast wax has been around since 2009 and claims six months of protection, so it was no surprise to see it still bead heavily after just six weeks. It continues and improves more easily than our winner, but cannot deliver the same great value offer.
Ultra High Definition Wax Autoglym
We have tested Autoglym’s flagship wax several times since its launch. It was a regular in the top 10 with good performance on the hood, but held back by a significantly higher price tag. The conditions this year seemed to suit him better and he was closer to the front of the field on the hood than before, helping him secure the final podium.
However, it remains among the more expensive, as you only get 120g of wax in the sleek box, which is about a third of empty space, but there is also a decent microfiber cloth and a sponge applicator to double compound.
Car Gods 54 Cronos Holy Water
Last year saw an impressive debut in this Car Gods 54 test with its Athena liquid wax securing fourth place. This time it was Cronus Holy Water Secret Shield’s turn to take that position.
This is also our selection of liquid solutions after a podium filled with paste waxes. Cronus Holy Water is one of the easiest products to apply, all it takes is a simple spray and a wipe for a glow.
Car Gods 54, the retail brand of CarPlan’s owner, Tetrosyl, is also fairly easy to transport, with just two or three pulls of the trigger needed per panel.
Gyeon Q2 wax
Gyeon’s products continue to impress in our tests and have gone their own way with this wax. It comes in the form of a lip balm-style stick – a twist from the bottom forces more citrus-scented hard wax to come out of the top.
Continue with a sponge applicator, not supplied, left for 30 minutes, then polish with a microfiber cloth supplied. Q2 Wax was a bit behind the best at some points in the test, but was one of the top performers in the end.
Autobrite Direct Blendz Soleil
An impressive test start for the Sunshine version of Blendz, which came closest to our winner in the pearl tests. But you only get 140g for your £ 40, which means it drops down the leaderboard.
It should continue in a thin film, then allow to cure for five to 10 minutes before buffing to a shine. Autobrite claims four to five weeks of protection for the single coat we applied, but it was still working at the end of our test, with little sign of sagging.
Simoniz Original Wax
ORIGINAL Wax has been around for years and is a regular at our top 10 waxes, and it’s making another appearance in 2021. It’s a good blast from the past of its retro style and the fact that it comes in a box, to its old school formulation and application.
There are no citrus or confectionery scents here – it smells like it came from a distinctly industrial location. It takes a bit of effort to apply it because it can’t be left to dry, but for protection on a tight budget, nothing else comes close.
WE tested Stjärnagloss Fantastisk Paste Wax in 2020, when it entered our top 10. Now this spray putty has repeated the result. It’s much easier on the pocket and can be used on both wet and dry panels, saving the effort of drying after rinsing.
The website claims three to five months of protection, but it had started to slow down by the end of our test. It was still working, but it took longer to clean his section after six weeks than it did at first.
ValetPRO Perlage Merveilleux
Like our winner, this is a hard wax made from carnauba and polymer, but it couldn’t quite match Bilt-Hamber’s performance on the hood.
Unlike some rivals, he got relatively stronger during the test. ValetPRO was one step behind the best at the start, but as the six-week mark loomed he was in the top. It is also one of the most economical hard waxes and is easy to use. This is the one for you if you prefer to wax the whole car before polishing.
The fledgling auto care brand did well in our tests recently, but the Supa Nova wax we tested last year didn’t impress. It’s a different story with T2, which secured a place in the top 10.
T2 contains montan wax in its formula, which has a natural impermeability better suited to our test. It started off strong but faded a bit towards the end, and the result wasn’t helped by being in the more expensive part of the price bracket.
- Armor All Shield Wax
- Fusion Auto Finesse
- CarPlan No1 Super Gloss
- Dodo Jus Future Armor
- Farécla G3 SuperGloss paste wax
- Meguiar’s Gold Class Carnauba Plus
- Mothers Synthetic Paste Wax
- Polished Pork Hybrid Wax
- The world of Poorboy EX
- Pure Definition Natural Clarity
- Pure Definition Ultimate Finish Sealer
- Simoniz Liquid Diamond Varnish & Wax
- Visible Shine Stoner
- Turtle Wax Sealer Hydrophobic Wax
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