Spray wax, compared to pastes and liquids, goes on and buffs off very quickly. The downside? The effect doesn't last very long, so you trade application time for greater frequency of reapplication.
According to users across auto forums and online suppliers, Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax provides the best performance at a reasonable cost. One Amazon.com user calls it "Brand New Car in a Bottle," saying the car "looked so glossy and 'wet,' you woulda thought the paint was new."
"It truly is a wipe-on, wipe-off product," notes another owner posting at Amazon.com, mentioning one of Ultimate Quik Wax's most frequently praised attributes. Many users say that paste and liquid waxes take about four hours to use, but note that they can wax a car in under half an hour with Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax spray.
In a comparison test alongside Pinnacle Souveran Liquid Spray Wax, Duragloss Aquawax #951 and Optimum Car Wax, a forum user at AutoGeekOnline.net reports that Meguiar's was the only spray wax to remove fine swirls, and it was the most effective at beading water the following day. A forum poster on BobistheOilGuy.com agrees, saying Ultimate Quik Wax "hides minor swirls and scratches." According to Barry Meguiar, president of Meguiar's Inc., spray wax -- like the Ultimate Quik Wax -- has limited cleaning abilities, and is best when your paint isn't suffering from oxidation or dullness.
With a near-perfect average score on Amazon.com, Ultimate Quik Wax receives plenty of recommendations from users, who praise its convenience and "the kind of shine you see only from a detailer." The biggest disadvantage is that it simply doesn't last long. "If you're concerned about duration, the shine lasts for a week at least," says an Amazon.com user. One testing organization notes that spray wax delivers the lowest durability and protection against weather compared to paste and liquid car waxes.
Owners also debate whether spray wax can be used by itself or if it's better suited to "boost" your paste or liquid wax until the next time you fully detail your car. Several Amazon.com users like the shine and protection they get from Ultimate Quik Wax alone, and one AdvanceAutoParts.com customer uses it solely for cleaning and waxing. Most people, however, say they prefer it as a wax booster. "Do not think that this product is a replacement for waxing or sealing your car. It simply does not last that long or provide that level of protection. However, it is EXCELLENT for maintaining your existing wax job," says an Amazon.com customer.
Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax gets an almost-perfect overall rating from Amazon.com users, who say it gives their paint a "showroom" finish. "It truly is a wipe-on, wipe-off product," comments one. Users like how easy it is to use and say it provides good protection for their paint. Most use Ultimate Quik Wax as a booster in between detailings, but some say it works fine as a standalone wax.
Review: Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax, Contributors to Amazon.com
A user on AutoGeekOnline.net posts a side-by-side comparison test of Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax, Duragloss Aquawax # 951, Optimum Car Wax and Pinnacle Souveran Liquid Spray Wax. The user reports that all waxes have the same reflective properties, but only Meguiar's works on small swirl marks.
Review: Review: Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax, Contributors to AutoGeekOnline.Net Forums
A review at AdvanceAutoParts.com gives Ultimate Quik Wax 5 stars, saying it is "easy to apply" and results in a "great finish."
Review: Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax (15.2 oz.), Contributors to AdvanceAutoParts.com
ClubLexus.com members discuss their car wax preferences. The spray wax users weighing in here only utilize it as a wax booster, and several say they prefer paste wax because of its better longevity.
Review: Paste, Wax, or Spray: Which Do You Use?, Contributors to ClubLexus.com
Users at HondaCivicForum.com are split: Some choose the spray wax for its convenience, others say that carnauba paste is the only way to get good protection that lasts.
Review: Spray Wax vs. Paste Wax, Contributors to HondaCivicForum.com, September 2010
One forum user at BobIsTheOilGuy.com posts a review of Meguiar's Quik Wax, saying the "awesome" results include a paint finish that looks "deep, glossy and wet." Several forum users agree, calling Quik Wax an excellent product that delivers deep shine.
Review: Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax & Detailer Review, Contributors to BobIsTheOilGuy.com
ConsumerReports.org editors test a variety of different car waxes, commenting on the results and the benefits of different types of waxes in general. You must be a subscriber to read these findings.
Review: Car Wax, Editors at ConsumerReports.org
Professional car detailer Darren Priest posts his favorite detailing products, listing Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax as the best spray wax because of its "winning combination of ease of use, visual enhancement, and protection."
Review: Best Car Wax Review, Darren Priest