The best spray waxes for some quick car protection

Modern spray waxes are really impressive, here are our top choices for some quick protection.

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by Ryan Gilmore |
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Waxing your car adds a thin layer of protection and will keep it looking shiny - and while it's safe to say that out of the three types of car wax (spray, liquid and paste), spray wax offers the least protection. Granted, it is the quickest to apply, and some modern spray waxes offer genuine long-lasting protection. We've selected our favourites with an eye on value, protection and ease of use.

The best synthetic and carnauba spray waxes

The best carnauba spray wax

Meguiar's Gold Class Carnauba Plus Premium Quik Spray Wax
Price: $19.59

For a quick top-up with carnauba wax, this is our top choice. Featuring a blend of carnauba wax, you simply spray it on and buff it with a microfibre cloth for a deep shine and really good hydrophobic properties. It's safe for use on all paint types (apart from matte finishes) and it won't leave any white residue either. And best of all, the same formula is available in both liquid and wax form for longer protection.

The best spray for gloss

Autobrite Direct Project 64
Price: $26.75

Technically this is not a spray wax, it's a spray sealant that's designed to provide hydrophobic abilities and a luxurious deep gloss to the paint of any car it's applied to. The polymers that make it up are fairly durable too, and Autobrite claim that this spray should last up to eight weeks, offering an unbeatable layer of shine.

The best spray wax on a budget

Armor All Speed Wax Spray on Detailer

Rrp: $29.99

Price: $15.34

If you're after good results but don't want to spend too much on what's effectively a top-up product, then you should consider Armour All. Containing carnauba wax and delivering a nice rich shine to your paintwork, this wax is very good. It's also easy to apply as the paintwork can be either wet or dry, and it can also be applied in direct sunlight.

The best spray wax for rust protection

Own an old car and worried about rot setting in? Bilt Hamber Dynax-UC is a clever way of adding a little bit more protection to your metalwork without changing how your car looks. It's designed to leave no film or marks which makes it ideal for coating the underside of your car and bodywork without leaving altering the appearance. It will stop and prevent corrosion and is safe for use on most metal and painted surfaces.

The best ceramic spray waxes

A step up from regular waxes, ceramic waxes make use of silicon dioxide (Si02) for a tougher layer of protection and a nice long-lasting shine. While spray-on ceramic wax won't offer the same level of protection offered by a professional ceramic coating and won't last as long, spray-on ceramic waxes are a better choice than regular waxes and can offer up to six months of protection.

The best spray wax for ceramic protection

Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Spray Wax
Price: $28.48

Utilising SiO2 for better protection, this hybrid spray is particularly impressive because it requires no buffing or curing time. It's simply sprayed onto your paintwork and will offer excellent protection and that all-important water beading.


Autoglym Rapid Ceramic Spray

Rrp: $32.00

Price: $25.73

Offering a deep shine and ceramic protection, Autoglym Rapid Ceramic Spray is another great option for spray-on ceramic wax. While this spray does require buffing to get the best results, it's still a good option. This spray will also offer up to three months of protection, and it's safe for use on wrapped cars too.

The best graphene spray waxes

Supposedly the next big thing in car protection, graphene-infused waxes create an even tougher layer of protection than ceramic which means it should be more durable. It's also incredibly easy to apply to your car as it's suitable for application to both wet and dry paint as well as use in direct sunlight.

The best graphene-infused spray wax

The ultimate spray-on wax that can genuinely compete with liquid and paste waxes, this spray wax from Turtle Wax is impressive and offers protection against water spots, chemical fallout and UV rays. It's safe to apply to either wet or dry bodywork, glass, exterior trim and even the wheels. Turtle Wax also claim this spray wax can offer up to 12 months of protection, very impressive for something that's simply sprayed onto a body panel and buffed with a microfibre towel.

The best graphene-infused spray wax for easy car washing

303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating
Price: $23.95
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Another ceramic spray-on wax that promises 12 months of protection, 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating promises it'll also keep body panels cooler which will help reduce the chance of water spotting come wash time. Like the Turtle Wax, it's suitable for bodywork, glass and trim, and it can be applied to either wet or dry surfaces.

Ryan Gilmore is the Deputy Autos and Tools Editor for CAR, specialising in car cleaning and hand tools. With an MA in Automotive Journalism, when he's not testing buckets he can be found looking at old Porsches.

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