How to make homemade carnauba wax

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How to make homemade carnauba wax
Carnauba wax is an essential part of protecting your car's paint job from the elements. (Beading on Red Car image by emiria331 from

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.

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Things you 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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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