5 Best Products to Put a Shine on Your Vehicle

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As a true Jeep or truck enthusiast, you always want your vehicle to look its best. If you like taking your vehicle with any level lift off road, it’s bound to get dirty from time to time. You can always wash off your truck or Jeep with soap and water, but that might not be enough when it comes to putting a shine on your vehicle. If you want your vehicle to look brand new, try washing and waxing your vehicle. Waxing your vehicle will help protect the paint and can also help remove those small imperfections. And, if you plan on selling your vehicle in the near future, adding a shine will help increase your earnings.

We’ve come up with a list of the best car wax products on the market to help you put a shine on your vehicle. Roll up your sleeves and start waxing.

Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax

Despite its steep price tag, Meguiar’s liquid wax is worth the extra money. It dries fast and needs a strong buff to remove, but few products will do a better job when it comes to protecting your vehicle from the elements. It uses a pure synthetic polymer wax with the company’s signature Hydrophobic Polymer Technology, which is designed to shield your vehicle against moisture, dust, dirt, and even the occasional scratch. You can also buy the company’s Dual Action Polisher if you don’t want to apply the wax by hand.

TopCoat F11 Polish and Sealer

TopCoat has long been a leader when it comes to vehicle protection. Their products are designed to lock in that glossy look while protecting your truck or Jeep from everyday wear and tear, including mud, rocks, and dirt. Their new F11 formula is water-based and entirely eco-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with a bunch of dangerous chemicals. It brings out the best in dark colors, hides micro-scratches and swirls, and lasts longer than other top-shelf polish and sealers. 

Adam’s Buttery Wax

Adam’s Polishes is making waves in the vehicle polishing industry with their high-quality, easy-to-use products. For the best shine, try Adam’s Buttery Wax. It goes on just like butter, so you don’t have to use as much elbow grease. It seamlessly fills imperfections, leaving you with a flawless shine. One coat lasts an entire month, helping you get the most bang for your buck.

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Mothers California Gold® Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax

You can’t go wrong with a name like Mothers. With a touch of old-fashioned charm, this company uses the finest ingredients to give your vehicle the perfect shine. Their Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax is made with the finest Brazilian yellow carnauba, a northeastern Brazilian fan palm, the leaves of which exude a bright, yellowish wax. It’s completely non-abrasive, so you don’t have to worry about roughing up the exterior of your ride and you can use it as often as you’d like.

Car Guys Premium Liquid Wax

A little more expensive than most of the items on this list, but the Car Guys know what they’re doing when it comes to liquid wax. You only need to apply it once or twice a year, which helps you save money in the long run. It’s particularly effective on black cars, giving you that signature black mirror look, but you can use it on virtually any make or model with any level lift. It comes with special additives that help the shine last as long as possible. It features a durable water sealant with UV protection, helping you extend the life of your paint job.

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How to Put a Shine on Your Car

If you’re not sure how to wax your car, we’ll go over the basics to help you get started. As you may have noticed, every product is different, so be sure to read the instructions before you begin.

  • Start by thoroughly washing your Jeep or truck with soap and water or a special car cleaning solution.
  • Dry it off with a clean towel.
  • If you have minor scratches or blemishes on your vehicle, use an abrasive car polish to remove them before waxing.
  • Once the vehicle is completely dry, use a dry cloth to apply the wax to the surface of the vehicle. Spread it out as evenly as possible and use the wax in moderation.
  • Let the wax dry.
  • Buff the surface of your vehicle by hand with a clean microfiber towel or a special buffer tool.
  • Pull off the wax a little bit at a time. As you go, you should see a sparkling clean exterior underneath the wax.

Waxing your vehicle can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. You’ll fall in love with your vehicle all over again once you see the shine underneath. It helps increase the value of your vehicle, and you won’t have to worry as much about dirt, debris, UV rays, and scratches ruining your paint job. Embrace your inner truck enthusiast and start waxing and shining your vehicle today.

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