car wax for black cars

When you have a black car, you need to wax it differently than all the other colored ones. It’s referred as black car wax. If you use normal waxing techniques for your black car, at the end of the session you’ll have blemishes, swirls, streaks, and all kinds of imperfections.

Through this post, learn some important points and wax your black car to the best of your ability, so the car looks as good as a new one.

car wax for black cars

Let’s get started.

Why black cars need to be waxed separately than cars with other paint colors?

Waxing a black car or maintaining it isn’t for everybody. Only the truly committed can take on this challenge. Why? Read the following list. It gives you solid reasons on why you can’t wax a black car with a traditional car wax.

  • There are a number of paint related issues gets highlighted when you don’t wax your black car properly.
  • Scratches can’t be hidden when you wax a black car with a traditional one.
  • You can’t even dry or remove an old wax a little bit harder, doing so will create deep scratches that can dig into the actual painted surface.
  • You are bound to get swirl marks if you use a colored wax.

We can go on and on, but by now you will have a basic idea of why it isn’t possible to use a traditional one to wax a black car. In the following sections, we’ll learn how to wax a black car using a black car wax.

What materials involved in waxing a black car?

There are certain materials you need to wax a black car. They include:

  • Black colored wax.
  • Several clean, lint-free cloths.
  • Buffing pad (optional)

Now that you know the needed materials, take a look at this video. It explains how exactly you have to polish a black car.

Steps involved in waxing a black car:

There are actually six essential steps involved in waxing a black car. We’ll have a look at them one by one.

  • Step 1. Find out what kind of black paint your car has, and buy a cleaner that is specially designed for that particular type. The different kinds of paints used in the cars are Acrylic Lacquer, Acrylic Enamel, and Urethane based paints.
  • Step 2. Wash and dry your black car before you start waxing. A thorough wash and dry is a critical factor in allowing the wax to be applied smoothly.
  • Step 3. Buy a black car wax. Use the wax if the black paint has hairline scratches or it has some minor blemishes or, if you need its shine and glossy looks to be restored. Colored wax can restore the shine of the fading paint if only the paint is oxidized.
  • Step 4. Apply the black car wax by hand. Use a wet terry cloth. Scoop or squeeze out a small quantity of wax and put it on to the cloth. Apply the wax with moderate pressure and use circular motion. When you apply moderate pressure, it ensures that wax can get fully worked into the scratches and blemishes.
  • Step 5. Buff out the recently applied wax after it completely dried to a glace. What happens when you do it this way is that the excess wax is removed and you can see the new shine.
  • Step 6. Repeat the above point if the shine doesn’t satisfy you.

Some additional things you should know:

  • If you have a car that is metallic black and it has some minor scratches, the easiest way to remove them is to buff the surface carefully until the scratch gets removed.
  • If you want to purchase buffer compounds and buffing pads, either you can go to your auto parts store or you can simply order online.

Some tips to waxing your black car effectively:

  • Always wax two sections over the entire surface of your car and it is the fastest way to complete the process. If you do this you don’t have to wait for the wax to completely dry.
  • Change the cloth that you are using if it becomes overly saturated with wax. Make sure that you have enough clean cloths before start waxing your black car.
  • If you want your car to have a professional looking shine, then you should follow the steps explained above in order. If you are going to detail and remove scratches from your car, make sure that wash your car thoroughly, clay the full surface for dirt and contaminants so that they don’t create more scratches. Then buffer, compound, polish and at last wax. If your vehicle’s paint is turning white, then a pre-wax cleaner or a polishing compound is highly recommended if your already using compound didn’t create the desired shine. Always ensure that all the scratches, swirl marks, and other paint marks are fully removed to your satisfaction before applying new wax.
  • Always use a clean and lint free cloth. Terry cloths are not suited for waxing.
  • A great alternative to a colored wax is a polishing or a rubbing compound that you can use for your black car.

Some tips from our experience:

  • It is always a best practice to wax a black car in a garage unless the temperature outside is below 85degrees. Never wax your car in direct sunlight.
  • Make sure that the wax is fully dry but not too dry before you buff it out. Otherwise, you won’t get a pro-quality shine. Give your car adequate dry time.
  • If you have medium to large scratches, or if your paint is discolored, rubbing or a polishing compound won’t work. In that case, you can take your car to the auto parts shop and ask them to use a touchup paint to cover it up.


Okay, that’s all there is to it when it comes to waxing a black car. Like we’ve mentioned earlier, maintaining a black car is challenging. Waxing it is even more challenging.

That’s why we’ve provided you a step by step instructions on how to wax a black car.

Do you have any questions? Or do you want to add your feedback? Write to us in the comments section below.

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Hari Vignesh
Hari, a freelance writer known for crafting exceptional guides, enjoys immersing himself in literature and music when he's not busy with his writing pursuits.


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