How to Wax a Black Car (Stunning Results)


How to make a black car shine

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This is the final stage in black car detailing.  Getting this right and learning how to wax a black car safely will give you that showroom shine that you’ve been dreaming of.

Quick Answer

If you have at least one day…

  1. Wash
  2. Iron Remover
  3. Clay bar
  4. Compound
  5. Polish
  6. Sealant
  7. Wax

If you only have a few hours..

  1. Wash & Dry
  2. Glaze
  3. Wax

If you only have 1 hour..

  1. Wash
  2. Use a spray and rinse wax
  3. Dry

Whats the difference between Wax and Polish?

Most beginners are confused about the products wax and polish.  Polish is an abrasive product while wax is a protector.  Polish removes a microscopic layer of paint.  This can cause scratches to disappear because the paint becomes smooth.  The paint can then be protected to preserve the shine.  Washing it properly will also help to preserve the shine.  Read my blog posts on washing and polishing to learn more.  Wax, Glaze and Sealant will protect the paint and cover up scratches temporarily.

How to prepare a black car for sealant and wax.

You must thoroughly wash and dry your car before you start.  But rather than using normal car wash liquid that contain wax, you should use a Grease and Wax Remover which is something that will help remove existing wax and sealant such as Chemical Guys Clean Slate or Meguiars Wash Plus or Adams Strip Wash.  These products claim to remove sealant and wax but they don’t completely remove them in my experience.  Only applying compound or polish with a polisher will remove the old products completely. It’s also recommended to clay your car if the surface feels rough and it has grit/brake dust/tree sap/tar stuck on to the paint.  You can use a clay bar or a nanoskin towel.  The road grime will come loose when waxing and damage the paint so get rid of all contaminants first.  If the car suffers from swirl marks or scratches you might also consider compounding and polishing the car.  The polish will remove a microscopic layer of paint making the swirl marks vanish and will also get rid of oxidation and staining.  I have written detailed blog entries on each of these steps.

Finally you can wash your car again with one of the strong car wash soaps mentioned above. This will make sure your sealant bonds brilliantly to your paint. Some people feel that dish soap is good at removing old wax but I have seen test which show that it doesn’t do a great job.  Another complaint about dish soap is that it can dry out the plastic and rubber trim on your car.   

  • Step 1 : Wash using car cleanser and not with a shampoo that contains wax unless you are just getting a quick touch-up.
  • Step 2 : Dry using microfiber towels.
  • Step 3 : If paint feels rough apply clay bar with lubrication.
  • Step 4 : If car is discoloured or scratched apply cutting compound and polish.
  • Step 5 : Wash and dry again with car cleanser to remove clay or polish residue.
  • Step 6 : Apply glaze.
  • Step 7 : Apply sealant.
  • Step 8 : Apply wax.

How to Seal or Wax a Black Car

The final step in detailing your black car is to apply sealant and wax.  This step will give you that mirror wet shine we all want.  The sealant will protect the paint from contaminants and wax will also protect and give the best possible shine.  Unlike compound and polish, wax and sealant don’t contain any abrasives. They are also easier to apply.  For some cars applying sealant is enough.  But for black cars applying a good quality carnauba wax on top of your sealant will bring on the shine even further and add another layer of protection.  

Its a little easier to wax/seal with a machine buffer but its also easy to apply most modern products by hand.

Apply sealant or wax (or both with sealant first) away from direct sun when the car surface is cool to the touch.  Apply a few drops of your chosen sealant on to a microfiber sponge pad or foam wax applicator.  The goal is to apply the sealant and allow it to bond with the paint and then buff off.  Of course you should read the instructions on the product.  Some products require 20 minutes to bond, some only one minute.  Some products need to be left overnight.  Don’t allow any dirt or dust on to your pads and don’t let them touch the ground.

Spread the product thinly across the paint.  Putting it on too think is a waste and can be difficult to buff off.  Some products buff off easily other require more elbow grease.  There is usually no need to use a buffing machine to do this, just use a very clean microfiber towel.  I like to apply two coats if this is my first time doing it.  Apply a coat and allow to bond for the specified time before buffing off.  Only then can you apply a second coat.  Then I will apply a coat of wax for more shine and protection.  You can top up your sealant every month or so with just one quick coat (after a wash of course).  

Don’t use the same sponge pad to the the whole car.  It’s worth having four or five clean pads ready.  Also use multiple microfiber buffing cloths.

What else can I use?

For the ultimate finish on black paint you should first apply glaze, then apply sealant and then apply wax.  That will give you a mirror shine.  Glaze is normally used only in rare vintage cars but I use it on my black car whenever I get the chance.  A glaze will give a better shine and that’s what you want or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.  It just makes the paint pop.  Sealant will add more shine plus give the most protection.  And wax will give more protection still and a wet look shine.  I have created a detailed blog post about some of my favorite waxes but hard are some other recommendations.

Chemical guys make what I think are the best products on the market in 2018.  Chemical Guys Black Light is a glaze and sealant in one.  It’s easy to apply and you don’t need a machine to apply it.  To make the black paint pop follow with Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax.  This gives long lasting protection and jaw dropping shine.

Read more here about the Best Glaze for Black Cars.

Another product I have used to great effect has been Turtle Wax.  Their Jet product has been around for a long time.  It does a good job at a reasonable price but doesn’t seem to last as long as newer technology.  Also easy to apply.

If your budget allows it then there is a better wax available form Chemical Guys.  Black Luminous Glow Infusion is an easy to apply wax especially developed for black cars.  Apply Chemical Guys JetSeal Anti-Corrosion Sealant and Paint Protectant first as these products go hand in hand.  You will not be able to take your eyes off your car after you apply this wax.  And neither will anyone else.

These products will last longer and look better if applied to a fully decontaminated car.  A good polish applied with a polisher will smoothen down the surface and remove the scratches if needed.  Read my blog posts on claying and polishing to learn all you need to know.

Once you have your car gleaming you need to learn how to wash it properly.  A proper wash will prevent more scratches from appearing.  

This Chemical Guys Black Car Care Kit on Amazon comes with some of the best products available on the market today in 2018.

Best spray wax for black cars

CarGuys Hybrid Wax Sealant is a two in one product that delivers a great finish.  It contains both sealant and wax so it saves you time and money.  Apply on a clean washed and dried car but please read my blog entry on how to wash and dry your car first.  The product is easy to apply and buff.  Small scratches will will be hidden and water will bead nicely on the surface and your car will be easier to wash the next time.  For best results apply CarGuys Hybrid Wax Sealant after every wash.  

Another product is Optimum (SW2008P) Car Wax.  Its easy to apply and can be applied on a wet surface and used as a drying agent.

Black Car Wax

Many manufacturers have special wax for black car paint.  These products contain color enhancing chemicals that are specially formulated for black cars.  You can get the classic paste wax, liquid wax or the convenient spray wax.  Recent advances in this area make products that are super easy to apply and buff off.  And they do a great job in hiding swirl marks if you have any.  You can apply the wax on top of a sealant to give an amazing mirror finish.  There are waxes on the market that cost thousands of dollars.  These are for high end or classic cars.  Cheaper products have come a long way in the last few years.  

How to protect black car paint

Apply sealant or wax (or both with sealant first) away from direct sun when the car surface is cool to the touch.  Apply a few drops of your chosen sealant on to a microfiber sponge pad or foam wax applicator.  The goal is to apply the sealant and allow it to bond with the paint and then buff off.  Of course you should read the instructions on the product.  Some products require 20 minutes to bond, some only one minute.  Some products need to be left overnight.  Don’t allow any dirt or dust on to your pads and don’t let them touch the ground.

Spread the product thinly across the paint.  Putting it on too think is a waste and can be difficult to buff off.  Some products buff off easily other require more elbow grease.  There is usually no need to use a buffing machine to do this, just use a very clean microfiber towel.  I like to apply two coats if this is my first time doing it.  Apply a coat and allow to bond for the specified time before buffing off.  Only then can you apply a second coat.  Then I will apply a coat of wax for more shine and protection.  You can top up your sealant every month or so with just one quick coat (after a wash of course).  

Don’t use the same sponge pad to the the whole car.  It’s worth having four or five clean pads ready.  Also use multiple microfiber buffing cloths.

Topping up your sealant or wax on a black car.

Once you protect your car you want to keep it looking its best but you don’t want to spend hours at it.  Your car is swirl and scratch free but it’s just dirty.  You should wash your car and top up the protection once a week if its your daily driver.  I like to use a foam gun and pressure washer and wash using the two bucket method.  Touch the car as little as possible and move the wash mitt in straight lines and not in circles as straight line scratches are easier to remove.  Put as little pressure as possible on the mitt.  Use microfiber towels  and a drying aid spray to dry you car and add protection.  This will also help you to remove some more dirt.  Please read my detailed blog page on how to wash a black car.  You can add a lot of scratches in the drying stage so read that too.

You wont need to clay and polish for a long time if you have protected it properly using sealant and wax and proper washing and drying technique and products.

Once the car is dry you can apply a coat of sealant or wax as described above.  

Cleaning and Protecting Glass

There are plenty of products available to clean and seal your glass.  Rain X is a great product for repelling water and road grime.  To clean my glass i dont use  normal window cleaner as it can damage plastic and also it can remove some of the tint from windows.  I use Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner which is ammonia free also.

Best wax for black cars with scratches

Wax can temporarily hide scratches but won’t remove them permanently.  If the scratches are very deep then no wax will or polishing compound will help you.  Its time to go to a professional.

 A wax that contains a small amount of chemical polish and sealant will reduce the appearance of scratch and give great protection.  These products can bring a quick and easy shine from faded scratched black paint.   Turtle Wax T-3KT Black Box Kit comes with a number of products designed especially for scratched black paint.  Its very effective at covering scratches.  It comes with a number of products that need to be applied in the correct order.  If you just want one product on its own I recommend Meguiar’s G6207 Black Wax Paste as its a superb product for quickly hiding scratches.  I have used this on older cars to great effect when I don’t have that much time to finish the job.  

As mentioned in other blog posts the best way to deal with scratches is to remove them completely with compound and polish applied with a DA polishing machine.  

How long will wax last on a black car?

Sealant lasts longer than wax.  I always apply both because sealant protects more and wax shines more.  Wax will fade faster in hot weather.  It also depends on how often you wash your car.  If it’s just dust you might only need to spray with water and dry with detailer and a few clean microfiber towels.  This takes me 5 minutes.  Read my post on Maintaining a black car.

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