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Carnauba wax facts


In our experience the liquid waxes are a good but none provide the deep shine that turns a good paint job into a brilliant paint job. A "real" carnauba wax comes in a paste form, and is made from pure No.1 yellow Carnauba wax. This is extracted from the leaves of the Copernica Cerifera palm tree, which grows in the mountains of north Brazil.

Carnauba is a natural tropical plant wax. The plants extract a jelly like liquid over the leaf to give the plant protection from tropical rain to enable the plant to stand up straight, the rain then washes straight off. The Carnauba is extracted and blended with other 100% natural wax as in a bee wax. The car will have an amazing high gloss wet look finish with a silky feel (preparation work is required). This will last on average 8 months although in some instances, up to a year, depending on the car usage. Or with the highest grade approximately, 12-18 months depending on your maintenance.

Carnauba wax is the preferred car wax of collectors and concours car enthusiasts because it creates a rich, warm glow. It doesn’t appear to sit on the paint. It transforms the paint into a deep, liquid pool that shimmers under changing light conditions. The more carnauba wax, the more shine.


Carnauba will withstand natural environment elements such as acid rain, industrial fall out road salt, exhaust fumes (which has a dulling effect on paint) and bird mess and tree sap.

Washing the vehicle is made easier with just a small amount of shampoo or just warm bathing to wash off, leather dry is easier and water just falls off. It will leave a wet look finish. We have found it gets better each time you wax the car, as it feeds the paint and builds on the surface.

Many waxes are loaded with polymers, cleaners and white powder. This powder of course, ends up on your window rubbers and under your trim and badges. Carnauba wax contains none of these, just pure Carnauba.

The best way to describe the experience of applying a Carnauba like 'Harly Wax' is it's a bit like taking butter from your fridge and rubbing it into your paintwork; it would cover the whole panel and glide over it with no effort at all. But unlike butter, the wax will haze in about 5 mins, and then buff off with no effort, to produce the most unbelievable shine. (Don't try butter on you car, it will not make it shine!)

There are many Carnauba Waxes on the market; we like Harly Wax but there are some others with different percentages of carnauba base. We recommend anything over 20% to ensure a good shine. You cannot buy 100% carnauba (unless mixed with other wax) as this would turn it to a concrete substance.

The drawback of carnauba waxes, if you can call it a drawback, is that it does not last as long as a synthetic sealant. A carnauba car wax finish will wear off in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. It depends heavily on the climate in which you live and whether or not your vehicle is garaged. Daily commutes in a hot, humid climate mean a shorter life span for your carnauba wax coat.

The American Wax Importers and Refiners Association grade raw Carnauba Wax according to the number of impurities found in it. As a professional valeting service, we highly recommend Carnauba if you cherish your vehicle and would like to preserve and maintain it.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carnauba Wax suitable for my brand new car?

The answer is yes, Carnauba Wax is suitable for absolutely all paint types, from pre-war Nitrocellulose, to the latest Polyurethane finishes found on all new cars. It’s also good for metallic paint and classic cars

Does Carnauba Wax leave white stains on black bumpers, rubber and matt painted surfaces?

The answer is no, Carnauba Wax contains no powder at all. And does no mark or stain matt black surfaces.

Is Carnauba Wax available in a liquid form?

No, it's only possible to suspend tiny amounts of carnauba wax in a liquid. This is why the world’s most expensive carnauba wax manufactures such as Zymol and Swissvax do not make liquid wax. If you see a liquid wax that claims to have carnauba wax in it, this may be true, it would be a very small amount.

Paint Sealants – what's the difference?

Paint sealants are kind of the anti-carnauba. They last a lot longer, they are easy to apply, and there's nothing natural about them. This is surface science at its best.

A paint sealant is made of polymers, which are composed of tens of thousands of synthetic particles that are linked together. When a sealant bonds to your vehicle’s paint, it forms a rigid shell. It is not the warm carnauba that seems to melt into the paint. Paint sealants sit on top of the paint like a transparent chain metal suit. They are glossy and slick, but carnauba lovers will tell you they do not have the warmth and depth of a carnauba.

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