Best Car Polish for Black Cars Without White Streaks

In this article we will be checking out what is the best car polish for black colored cars. We will also check out if you actually really need a different type of polish for black cars. It is certainly worth mentioning that this advice basically includes any dark color of a car. That would bring in dark blue and dark green colored cars which get pretty close to the deeper and darker colors.

Car Polish vs Car Wax for Darker Colored Cars

Before we get into the actual details, it is worth pointing out that car polish and car wax are not the same thing. Now some people may already know that, but for those that don’t it is worth just a minute of your time, to properly understand the key difference.

A car polish is what gives a vehicle its deep shine, whereas a car wax is all about protection. The order for caring for a car is quite simple. You wash the car with a shampoo, rinse it off and dry it, apply a polish and buff that for the showroom shine effect. Finally you apply a car wax to give protection to the car paint.

Many manufacturers now make products that act as both a polish and a wax. Typically these will be spray wax types. With these you wash and dry the car. Then you apply the polish/wax combined product and buff that up to a great shine with built-in protection.

If you don’t have time to read my full article below, then the best car polish/wax for black cars is the Chemical Guys GAP_619_16 Black Light Hybrid Radiant Finish Color Enhancer. Buyers rate this one very highly and overall they have given this wax a 92% buyer satisfaction rating. It can be applied by hand or also applied using a buffer/polisher.

Underneath I have listed the top rated car polish and wax products for black cars, but this one is top of our list, and buyers also say that it is one of the best.

TOP 5 Buyer Rated Car Polish/Wax for Black Cars

Just below you will find the top 5 buyer rated polishes for black and dark colored cars. The percentage beside each product name is the average buyer satisfaction rating according to online buyers. Underneath the list you will find a summary review of each product, along with a pros and cons list on each product.

  1. Chemical Guys GAP_619_16 Black Light Hybrid Radiant Finish Color Enhancer (92%)
  2. Meguiar’s G14422 Ultimate Quik Detailer (91%)
  3. Meguiar’s G6207 Black Wax Paste (90%)
  4. Turtle Wax T-3KT Black Box Kit (82%)
  5. Turtle Wax T-319 Black Spray Detailer (81%)

All of the products mentioned on the list do sell really well. However we do like to rate them by the actual buyer satisfaction and now we do the individual review on each of these products.

No 1 – Chemical Guys GAP_619_16 Black Light Hybrid Radiant Finish Color Enhancer

This one is available in four sizes which are 4 oz, 16 oz, 1/2 gallon and one gallon. The 16 oz is a good size to consider and that costs around $25, depending on where you buy it. It delivers a wet type of reflection and what we would describe as a high gloss finish.

What we liked about it was it was very easy to apply and to buff off, either by hand or by machine. Overall buyers gave this product a 92% buyer satisfaction rating.


  • 80% of all buyers gave this one the full 5 star review
  • Gives a wet and reflective shine
  • Gives the black color an even deeper look
  • Good for minor paint repair and swirls
  • A great choice for black cars and trucks


  • 2% of buyers gave this a bad review
  • More expensive than other competitors

No 2 – Meguiar’s G14422 Ultimate Quik Detailer

At number two on our list is this polish/wax product from the very popular Meguiar’s brand. Please not that this is known as a quick detailer, so ideal for use at anytime. It leaves a slick and dark finish, that many buyers seem to really appreciate.

The manufacturer states clearly that this one is mainly about adding waxed protection, which it does. It is also great at quickly removing fingerprints and dust. Overall buyers gave this product a 91% buyer satisfaction rating.


  • 80% of buyers gave this product the full 5 star review
  • Ideal for using in between washes and also for doing any quick touch ups
  • A great product at a great price


  • 2% of buyers gave this a bad review

No 3 – Meguiar’s G6207 Black Wax Paste

Out of all the products on this list, the black paste wax from Meguiars actually sells the most. This one has been specially formulated to work with black and dark colored paints. It polishes and also waxes at the same time and helps bring out the color and leaves it with a clear reflection.

According to buyers the protection can last up to a few months and it can be applied by hand or with a machine. Overall buyers gave this product a 90% buyer satisfaction rating.


  • 68% of all buyers gave this one the full 5 star rating
  • Buyers said this worked well on cars, trucks and even on black bikes
  • Most buyers said that it really did help improve the shine


  • 5% of all buyers gave this one a bad rating
  • Some buyers said it did not cover all of the swirls
  • A few buyers said it leaves too many streaks.

No 4 – Turtle Wax T-3KT Black Box Kit

Some car owners prefer the Turtle Wax brand when it comes to buying their car polish. This is certainly an interesting kit that is worth a look. It is a kit rather than simply a one off polish or wax. The kt Includes: a pre-wax cleaner and conditioner (12 oz), a deep black carnauba Wax (12 oz), two black spray detailers (12 oz) and 2 applicator pads.

The black tinted pre-cleaner and conditioner removes scratches, swirl marks and surface contaminants. You then apply the wax to bring out the true black color.

Overall buyers gave this product an 82% buyer satisfaction rating.


  • 58% of all buyers gave this on the full 5 star review treatment
  • Does get rid of minor scratches
  • Almost every buyer said this works and brings your car up a treat
  • Great shine and finish according to buyers


  • 10% gave this polishing kit a bad review
  • Good product but very time consuming to apply and remove (3-5 hours)
  • Will dye your hands so always wear good gloves

No 5 – Turtle Wax T-319 Black Spray Detailer

Another one from the Turtle Wax brand. This black tinted detailer fills in minor scratches and swirl marks to produce an ultra smooth, slick finish. It is made from a blend of carnauba wax and polymers. It can be used on black rubber and plastic trim. Overall buyers gave this product an 81% buyer satisfaction rating.


  • 61% of all buyers gave this one a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this is not a replacement for a good wax and polish but is a good option for a top up
  • Very easy to use, spray on and wipe off
  • Relatively inexpensive


  • 14% of all buyers gave this one a bad review and explains why it is at the bottom of our list
  • Some buyers said this wasn’t that much better than other detailers

Just below you can watch a very good video on how to polish a black car like a professional detailer.

As you can see from the video above, this process is being done by a professional detailer. Most people will not know how to do this properly. Most car owners just want a good overall car polish/wax product that they can apply to keep their car looking really good.

People mostly don’t have time to do all of the above, but they want their car to look good just the same.

Do Black Cars Get Dirtier Than Other Cars?

They don’t. The big difference is that everything shows up on a darker car, and things like white streaks from polish show up a lot. Let’s face it you are not going to see the white streaks of polish on a white colored car, or even on a light colored one.

However on a black, dark blue or dark green car they are going to stand out like a sore thumb. Likewise the merest scratch will show up on a black or dark colored vehicle.

If the finishing coat of paint has been broken, then that can be covered up, but if the main color has been damaged, and the scratch is through to the priming coat, then it will always show up a lot on a black car.

Should You Use a Polish with a Pigment?

This is a very good question. A pigment is a color that is added into the pre-treatment or into the polish or wax. The principle behind that is simple. If you polish and wax a scratch all you really do is make it more noticeable. With a pigment that matches the paint color, then the scratch does get filled in.

It is however only effective on the lightest of scratches and swirls. If the scratch is deeper than the finish coat which is literally only 1 mm in depth, then don’t expect miracles. The last two on the list from the Turtle Wax brand do contain those types of pigment, and yes that does help, as long as the scratches or swirls are minor in nature.


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