Ceramic coating vs Traditional Wax – which is better for your car? We put them to the test to find out…

When it comes to preserving your car’s paintwork, there are plenty of options to choose from. But which products really offer the best paint protection for your money? While there are many loads of various sealants and coatings available, there are two heavyweights that stand out from all the rest when it comes to paint protection. They are, of course, modern ceramic coatings from specialists like Gtechniq and traditional waxes such as carnauba wax.

To see which is really the best, we’ve put them head-to-head in our Ceramic Coating vs Traditional Wax test. We prepped the bonnet from our old Honda Civic Type R project car and coated one half in Gtechniq’s Crystal Serum Light and the other half in a traditional carnauba wax we bought from a Facebook ad. To make it a fair test, we only used Crystal Serum Light on its own. Gtechniq would normally recommend using the ceramic coating in conjunction with their EXOv5 hydrophobic coating for added gloss and better water and dirt repellency. But for our test, we wanted to see how the ceramic coating stands up on its own.

We then put the bonnet through a series of washes. To replicate how you would wash your car at home, we used typical car cleaning products you’ve probably got already. We used a bucket with a grit guard, a Gtechniq Wash Mitt, and some pH-neutral GWash Car Shampoo!

After each wash cycle, we rinsed the bonnet and checked the levels of water and dirt repellency offered by each side. The results are very conclusive! Check out the video to see for yourself!