Is Wax Dead?

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain

Much like the misrepresentation of Twain’s actual quote (“The report of my death was an exaggeration”), the declaration of waxes’ demise in the age of ceramic coatings is likewise premature.

What is Wax?

Wax as a medium for vehicle protection has been around for quite a while and even in the age of ceramic coatings, it continues to evolve; some folks just like wax and the process of applying it and many prefer it for its depth & warmth compared to more modern synthetic chemistry. Life is all about trade-offs however and, in general, waxes will have less durability and resilience compared to modern synthetic sealants & coatings. Not that there’s anything wrong with that and in some cases, it may be preferred but nonetheless, it’s something to consider.

Waxes can be comprised of natural ingredients like carnauba (derived from the leaves of a type of palm tree) synthetic polymers or a combination of both. Regardless of composition, the goal remains the same: good looks and some measure of protection.

How to Apply Wax

For paste wax, liquid, or spray the application remains similar across the various types; apply to the surface and remove. In the case of paste and liquid waxes, a specific applicator is generally preferred while for spray waxes, spray a very small amount onto a soft, microfiber towel and then wipe on the surface to spread the product around thinly and evenly. After the proper interval buff off any residue with a clean microfiber towel or two.

Our Favorite Wax Applicators & Towels

What is the best wax, (or more appropriately) what is the best wax for you? Check out the rundown of our favorite waxes.

Best Carnauba Paste Waxes

The ‘purest’ of the waxes, best used for vehicles where longevity in daily use is not a primary concern. Often referred to as ‘Beauty Waxes’ as visual appeal trumps all other aspects, prices can range well into the 5 figures for the most exclusive custom blends. If you enjoy traditional methods and spending time with your car, a carnauba wax may be for you.

​​POLISHANGEL Carnauba Creation “2013” Bespoke Paste Wax

Custom blended in Germany for each order, this a wax where the application is an event unto itself and the results are a literal reflection of your passion for your car.

POLISHANGEL Jubilee Carnauba Paste Wax

One of the easiest carnauba waxes we’ve ever used. The individually numbered containers contain a blend of yellow & white carnauba for an extraordinarily satisfying user experience and a warm, opulent finish.

Best ‘Hybrid’ Waxes

The look and feel of traditional carnauba waxes with modern chemistry integrated for greater longevity & protection. If you enjoy some aspects of a traditional wax but not the frequent re-application, these waxes may be perfect for you…even on a ceramic coated vehicle in some cases!

POLISHANGEL High Gloss Paste Wax

Providing some of the most brilliant gloss of anything we’ve ever tried, POLISHANGEL’s High Gloss Paste Wax leaves a ridiculously slick finish with astounding hydrophobic properties.

Kamikaze Collection Infinity Wax 2.0

High grade Carnauba wax blended with Japanese coating technology, Infinity Wax is the perfect solution for those who desire the aesthetic and tactile sensations of a wax but need the overall protection & performance of a ceramic coating.

Used by itself or as a compliment to a ceramic coating, almost all of the cars detailed by KAMIKAZE COLLECTION in the Concours d’Elegance overseas are treated with Miyabi Coat + and Infinity Wax.

Gyeon Q2 Wax

Carnauba wax enhanced with fluorine, easily apply this amazingly glossy & hydrophobic wax with the revolutionary ‘stick’ dispenser. Use on top of your ceramic coating without degrading the overall performance of the coating or as a standalone product. A real treat to use!

Best of the Liquid Waxes

ESOTERIC Signature Series Wax V2

Originally developed & released in 2012 in conjunction with POLISHANGEL, this liquid wax combines the best attributes of a wax and a sealant to produce a durable, opulent shine with sensational protective properties. Our original limited run was recently reborn at the request of a client and consists of only 20 7 signed and numbered bottles.


A perennial favorite of our customers, Rapidwaxx provides a slick, glossy finish and solid protection in a fun and easy-to-use format. Used by itself or as an additional layer on top of a wax or sealant, Rapidwaxx also has magnificently entertaining water behavior!


Finding the best car wax in 2024 is no small feat, considering the options available on the market. However, by considering factors such as ease of application, durability, gloss, and protection against environmental elements, we have found several stand-out products.

Ultimately, the best car wax for you will depend on your specific needs, preferences, and the level you wish to invest in your vehicle. Whether you prioritize a showroom shine, long-lasting protection, or effortless application, there’s undoubtedly a wax out there to suit your requirements.

‘Waxing nostalgic’ with an exceptional product can be extremely satisfying…we highly recommend giving it a try!