They say that mother knows best but does Mothers? I get hands-on with Mothers Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax to find out how it stacks up in the car wax world.

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How I tested Mothers Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax

Step one was ensuring that my trusty test panel was properly prepared. First, I polished it using Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound. I then used CarPro Eraser to remove any polishing oils. Next, I took three gloss readings for the test section to get an average. The wax was then applied according to the instructions and allowed to cure, before being wiped off. The gloss meter was then brought in again to get a new average reading. Finally, I sprayed the panel with water to see how it behaved.

Mothers Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax applying

What Mothers says

This is very much a down-to-earth, old-school kind of wax, with no fancy gimmicks. Mothers says that Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax provides unsurpassed shine, depth and protection. It’s made with the finest Brazilian #1 yellow carnauba for superior shine and protection. It is also non-abrasive, so you can use it as often as you like. You can also apply more than one coat for extra protection. Based on that, I would expect a wax that’s easy to apply and remove, and that offers reasonable levels of gloss and decent beading.

What it’s like to use Mothers Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax

I have to say this wax is quite disappointing. Application and removal were both so-so, with this wax feeling rather sticky when going on and coming off. I was definitely hoping for better here. The gloss meter also barely registered any change at all after application. Carnauba wax traditionally delivers a rich, warm finish, but my blue test panel isn’t the best colour to see that. Finally, water behaviour was also disappointing, with very slow sheeting.

Gloss meter readings and verdict

  • Gloss before: 87.7
  • Gloss after: 88
  • Gloss change: +0.3

Sadly, there’s not a lot of good things I can say about Mothers Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax. It didn’t really deliver much, it wasn’t great to use, and it didn’t handle water well, either. It’s cheap, at least, so that’s something, but I wouldn’t choose this over one of the much better waxes I’ve tried.