The 4 Best Car Waxes for UV Protection

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Nothing damages our skin like the sun, and the same goes for cars.

It’s only right that you’ll want the best UV protection for your ride to keep it protected as long as possible.

Which car wax do you want to protect your vehicle from harmful rays? 

Here are our reviews of the 4 best car waxes for UV Protection:

CarGuys liquid wax is one of the most consistently praised products in this category. 

It creates what’s called a hydrophobic barrier(water will bead off) after application. 

When you buy their kit, they include an applicator pad to apply the solution and a towel to buff it into your paint. 

This isn’t truly “wax”, instead it’s a synthetic polymer(sealant)- which is why you need to apply it less often than a traditional wax. It degrades at a slow rate.

This wipes off after application, leaving a nice shine. It’s a great product when used correctly. We recommend to first wash and dry your car, then apply the sealant. If you have a clay bar, use that first before application. 

They’re confident enough in their product to offer a lifetime warranty with full refund, but you will pay a bit more for this than other options. 

By the way, if you’re looking for a traditional style wax we feature that in our #3 choice. The majority of our choices are not true waxes but rather hybrid options. These have become popular in the last decade in the auto industry for their long last properties. But, it’s not to say a traditional wax is inferior. 

TriNova Liquid Car Wax is a product made right here in the USA. The bottle includes 18 ounces which is enough to last you a year for one car. 

If you’re looking for protection against the elements, and the sun – this carnuba based wax is a good choice.

They’re a well-known brand that’s been around for over 85 years. Applying a good coat is is a bit more labor intensive than a polymer solution, but the results will speak for themselves.

Besides the smell(not too bad), our only other gripe is that they could include a microfiber towel with the purchase to get us started. You can use this all over your car, including your headlights. It’s safe and easy, and will leave your car with a wet glossy look. 

If you like a glossy finish, the 3M Perfect-It Car Wax will do the job. 

Like our previous example, this will leave your car with a shiny wet looking finish. It protects against the sun, extending the life of your paint job.

This is a synthetic paste solution, so you’re going to have to lay down some elbow grease to get this one coated properly. 

If you have a polishing machine, it will save you a good amount of time. But, the results speak for themselves. If you have a garaged car – this should last you six months to a year. 

One big thing to note with this wax, is you can’t let it dry. You will need to wipe this off before it reaches that point and you’ll be a happy customer.

 

Chemical Guys has an affordable option that gets you a good bang for your buck. It’s a blend and another long lasting synthetic wax. 

You’ll only need to put this on twice a year, so one bottle should last you a good amount of time.

 It’s a wax/sealer combo and will keep your car shielded from the sun, salt water, and other pollutants that could affect your finish.

There is a newer version of this product, and we recommend sticking with the older one. You can’t beat a great formula. It can stand on it’s own. 

But if you give your car a polish or use a clay bar first and then apply this, it will make it look a bit better.

What's a good car wax applicator?

Applicators can be picked up pretty cheaply, but avoid the thin microfiber packs if you don’t want your hand to come in contact with your paint. 

We like these applicators from Chemical Guys because they’re thick enough that our hands can rest nicely on them without rubbing against our nice wax job. Plus, they’re affordable.

Many options include applicators in the purchase price, so you may not even need to buy them separately. 

I don't want a Synthetic Wax - What's a natural brand?

Most car wax today is synthetic because of it’s attractive properties that can both seal and make something shine. 

But, if you’re an old school type you might prefer a purely natural brand. Formula 1 Carnauba wax will fit that description. 

Sourced from a tree and trusted for decades, this long lasting car wax might not be as popular as some synthetics – but for those of us who really like to get their hands dirty, you’ll be pleased with the results after you use this. 

What does it mean if a car wax is Hydrophobic?

By definition, it means it will repel liquid. Water will bead off your car. Practically, it helps your car to look great by not having any splotch marks from dried liquid. 

Can car wax fix scratches?

Nope, that would be pretty awesome if it could though. All car wax can do is make your scratch appear to be gone as it “fills in” the mark. That will fade with time. It’s not a permanent solution.

BUT – if a scratch isn’t too deep it’s possible to remove it with a polishing compound. You’ll be able to tell by running your fingernail over it, it you can actually feel the scratch then you likely won’t be able to remove it. In that case, touch up the paint. 

Do I need a different type of wax for a different color car?

That’s marketing fluff. Cars get painted all sorts of colors, and they all have clear coats. The clear coat is the last thing applied to a car of ANY color. 

So, don’t go looking for a specific wax, look for the one you think is best for your car. Regardless of what they’re trying to sell you on. 

How often should I wax my car?

Something that seems like it should have a simple rule, isn’t. Waxing your car depends on a few factors that we’ve outlined. A general rule is to wax is at least 3 to 4 times a year. Here are some factors you should consider.

How much do you drive? 

If you drive a ton your car is going to have more wear and tear. That increases exposure to the elements as well. Proportionate to your driving, your car may require waxes more often. 

How is the car stored? 

If you have it in an uncovered parking space at an apartment, or your driveway it’s going to be sitting out in the open. The sun beaming down on it constantly is not good for paint. Have you ever seen what happens when you leave an orange in the sun for a day? It’s not a good look. Thankfully, car paint is a bit more resilient but constant changes in temperature and weather throughout the year will eventually do their damage. If you have it exposed, wax it more often.

How’s the air quality? 

If you’re in a city – there are more pollutants naturally. More traffic, more smog, more random gunk floating through the air and landing on your beautiful paint job. So you’ve got to factor that in, some “greener” cities won’t make much of a difference and some smoggy cities will.

What’s the climate like where you live? 

If you have a salty coastal breeze constantly hitting your car, that’s no bueno. Or if it’s too sunny, the roads are salty, lots of snow, and more factors that only you know. When it comes to car exterior care, you just have to imagine it was your skin as weird as that sounds. If you would be uncomfortable in the weather, so will your car, it just will take it much longer to show signs.

Conclusion

Giving your car a regular waxing is a great idea to extend the longevity of your paint job and protect it from the elements. We chose several long lasting synthetic waxes because we don’t like doing a lot of work to be honest. 

So if we only have to wax our vehicle twice a year to keep it looking new, that’s a great deal. For liquid waxes our favorite was CarGuys and for paste wax, we liked the 3M 39526

If you end up purchasing an option from this guide, come back and let us know how it worked out for you in the comments. We do add feedback from readers into our articles. Happy reading and enjoy your search!

Conor

I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.

6 thoughts on “The 4 Best Car Waxes for UV Protection”

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    1. Hey Joe,

      I actually need to update this guide with the wax I’d recommend you. It’s called Optimum Car Wax and they’ve added UVA and UVB inhibitors to really help stop the suns rays from causing damage. They’ve patented their formula and by all accounts, it works great.

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