How to make homemade carnauba wax

Updated April 07, 2017

Carnauba wax is a fantastic way to protect the longevity of your car's paint job, as it is one of the hardest waxes found in nature, thereby creating a hard barrier to keep your car's paint safe. If you don't want to buy commercially available prepared wax concoctions, it is possible to create your own carnauba wax-based car wax at home.

Place all ingredients into the top section of a double boiler on low to medium heat.

Heat slowly until the wax has melted, stirring occasionally until uniformly smooth.

Pour slowly and carefully into a heat-resistant container and allow to cool.


Choose a container that is wide and shallow to allow ease of use when using a cloth to extract some car wax. To polish to a bright shine after waxing, use a rag dipped in white vinegar and rub vigorously. Pure carnauba wax can be found at your local auto supply store.


Be certain your container is heat-resistant to avoid shattering and splattering hot wax.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 tbsp pure carnauba wax
  • 1 cup linseed oil
  • 2 tbsp pure beeswax
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Double boiler
  • Heat-resistant container
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