The best black car wax for a deeper shine

Keeping a black car clean can feel like a full-time job, give yourself a fighting chance with a specially formulated black car wax.

The glossy bonnet of a black Mercedes

by Ryan Gilmore |

Is there a more menacing car colour than black? Whether it be a long-wheelbase Mercedes S-Class rushing dignitaries, white-collar criminals or Miranda Priestly around, art-deco masterpieces or the Buick GNX, black can be a moody, brutish colour that looks utterly fantastic. It's also a safe choice come resale time and is the second most popular new car colour here in the UK.

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The only downside to black paint is that it shows up every little speck of dust (not to mention small scratches and marring) quicker than any other colour on the market. The rich, glossy finish that black cars look best in can be hard to maintain without protection. It's this reason why several companies now offer waxes designed specifically for black cars and we've found the best examples on the market for keeping that deep black shine.

The best car wax for black cars

SOFT99 10 Dark and Black Wax

The best black car wax
SOFT99 10 Dark and Black Wax
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For a glossy finish, you can't beat a good paste wax, even if it seems a little old-fashioned compared to liquid or spray-on waxes. We're championing SOFT99's Dark and Black Wax because it's good value for money, easy to apply thanks to a provided applicator and because the protection is outstanding. And while it doesn't have any pigment, it'll still hide small surface scratches and it can be used on other dark cars.

Car Gods Black Carnauba Wax

The best black car liquid wax
Car Gods Black Carnauba Wax

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If you prefer a liquid wax then our top choice for a black car is Car Gods Black Carnauba Wax. Liquid waxes are a popular choice because they're easy to apply and last longer than spray-on waxes, a perfect balance. We like Car Gods option because of the deep shine it produces and the fact this carnauba wax makes use of small black pigments to restore lost colour while also helping hide swirls and small scratches.

Sonax 296100 Polish and Wax

The best black car wax and polish
Sonax 296100 Polish and Wax
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A slightly more abrasive option for protecting and refreshing black paintwork, Sonax combines both polish and wax in this hand-applied product to deeply refresh black paintwork. The polish will help strip away damaged paint leaving a fresh layer behind that'll be far glossier. The wax element will ensure that gloss is as deep as possible thanks to carnauba wax and that the paintwork remains protected against corrosion. It's also infused with colour pigments to restore any lost lustre.

Chemical Guys Black Light Hybrid Radiant Finish Wax

The best premium black car wax
Chemical Guys Black Light Hybrid Radiant Finish Wax

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An expensive option from Chemical Guys, this black car wax is a luxurious treatment for a black car and will provide both a deep shine and genuinely impressive protection. It's a blend of synthetic and natural carnauba waxes designed to produce a mirror-like finish and makes use of micro-refined oils that help fill in small scratches for a scratch-free finish. That's not all this wax does however, it'll also block paint-harming UV rays which will ensure the paint stays glossy for longer. It may be expensive but it's also really good.

How is black car wax different to other car waxes?

All car wax provides a clear layer of protection for bodywork and enhances gloss. Black waxes are formulated specifically for darker cars, making use of fillers for the smaller scratches, and even black pigments to ensure that the finish is as dark and glossy as possible.

Regular car waxes not specifically designed for black cars are also more likely to leave behind unsightly white residue on black paint, something that a black car wax shouldn't, leaving your paintwork looking glossy as opposed to waxy.

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