Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

One product that is getting a lot of attention online over the last couple of months is a new release by Meguiars, what they are calling their “Hybrid Ceramic Wax“. I must admit when I initially read about it and saw the name, I was immediately sceptical.

For one, this does not look like a Wax Product, nor does it look like a Ceramic Coating product. Seeing the words Ceramic and Wax used in the same description had me questioning what the hell this product is supposed to be.

“Ceramic” is a big buzz word in the detailing world at the moment, so I assume this is Meguiars attempt to capitalize on that and release a consumer-focused product that is easy to use for someone of any level of experience.

I must admit is a great Marketing move by the company. Before I looked into it any further, my guess was this product would be similar to some spray sealants ( Si02 based ) already on the Market such as Wet Coat by Gyeon, Sonax Spray Sealant, P&S Breadmaker, The Last Coat etc.

You can check out some of my other recommended spray sealants HERE

Let us take a look in detail.

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What IS Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax?

According to Meguiars themselves :

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax is the new face in wax technology. This sophisticated wax hybrid uses a high-viscosity formula to form a protective layer on the exterior of your car with an easy application. No rubbing, curing, or buffing needed. Simply spray on, rinse off, and watch the magic happen! Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax is designed with advanced technology to bond to your exterior paint and form a thicker coating that is long-lasting and durable without the elbow grease

Their description does not give any clues as to what is actually in this product, or what this “Wax technology” is.

Recent developments in automotive-detailing technology feature the use of silica-based sealants (i.e. silicone-dioxide or SiO2). These sealants act differently than an old-school wax, as they bond with the painted surface to which it’s applied. Once they’re applied and have cured, silica-based sealants are extremely resistant to water, soap, and of course, environmental pollutants. This is because they bond with the painted surface.

This Meguiars product is a Si02 spray sealant. I am guessing they are using the term “Wax” to appeal to the average consumer because that is a term that they would be familiar with.

Also, because it contains the word “Ceramic” in the name, it should not be confused as a replacement for real ceramic coating. I have seen this confuse a few beginners already. Just because it has ceramic properties ( Eg The water behaviour), it does not mean it is a true ceramic product.

There seems to be a growing market for these “Ceramic” Spray products.

Before I made any Judgement on this new product by Meguiars, I decided I would have to pick some up for myself and test it out.

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Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax Application – How to

Hybrid Ceramic Wax can be used as your main source of protection, but Meguiars also suggest using it in addition to your favourite wax/sealant, or even on top of a true ceramic coating. ( LSP Layer )

This means you don’t need to worry about stripping your car of any old sealant or wax before you apply, and that Hybrid Ceramic Wax should be compatible with anything you may already have on there.

However  – you should make sure your car is freshly cleaned and have no contamination before applying the product ( Seems like common sense, but it is worth saying it anyway )

There are two different ways to apply Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax:

Application Method #1 – INITIAL APPLICATION / FOUNDATION LAYER

For the first time using Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax, Meguiars recommend establishing a “Foundation Layer.” Hybrid Ceramic Wax is simply applied in a “wax as your dry” style.

After washing the vehicle thoroughly, & before drying, spray Hybrid Ceramic Wax across all exterior surfaces of your car.

Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

Once you have ensured good coverage of the product ( You don’t need to go overboard with the application, more does not necessarily mean better ). You can take a quality microfiber towel and begin to dry the car.

Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

I would then recommend that you take a second (Clean) microfiber towel for the final wipe down. This will ensure there is no product left to dry on the car that you have may missed ( This could cause unwanted streaking )

Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

This initial “Wax as you dry” application method helps to get Hybrid Ceramic Wax into all of the nooks and crannies found on a microscopic level of the paint/clear coat. This method will make sure that ample product is applied to the surface so that subsequent uses have a nice even, level layer to adhere to.

Application Method #2 – SUBSEQUENT APPLICATION / WAX AS YOUR RINSE

After you have used Hybrid Ceramic Wax for the first time, for subsequent applications, you can now apply it in a “wax as you rinse” style, an even easier application method.

After washing the vehicle thoroughly, but before rinsing for the final time, spray Hybrid Ceramic Wax over all exterior surfaces.

Next, perform the final rinse on the vehicle rinsing from the top down. It is recommended to use a strong stream of water for the final rinse as this helps spread Hybrid Ceramic Wax across the exterior surfaces.

If you have one, you should use a pressure washer for the final rinse. If you don’t have a pressure washer, use a strong stream from your water hose for this final rinse

Next, dry the vehicle normally & you are done.

Yes, it is that easy.

So what happens if you unintentionally end up with some streaking? If you over apply it (too many sprays per panel) it might become trickier to dry without streaking

How to Remove Hybrid Ceramic Wax Streaks?

If this does happen to you, simply wipe the area with a microfiber towel damp with water, or spray a light mist of water onto the streak, and then wipe with a microfiber towel. This will easily remove the streak.

Can You Use Hybrid Ceramic Wax on Glass?

Yes – you can use Hybrid Ceramic Wax on Glass, or any other exterior surface of the vehicle. Although i would recommend a dedicated Glass Coating for the Job.

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review – Any Good?

I must say I am initially impressed with this product, especially the ease of application. You can add some nice protection to your car in less than 5 minutes in total. This is going to appeal to the mass market of “Weekend Warriors” who don’t want to spend ages applying wax to their car by hand.

To be honest, something like Meguiar’s Ceramic Wax is going to outperform some of the mainstream waxes. Below is a video of the water behaviour on the car after I had applied the Meguiar’s product. You can easily see that this product is repelling water like crazy.

I am sure this is going to result in some nice water beading the next time it rains

I was also impressed at the glossy appearance that was left behind after the initial application. It was noticeable and the surface of the car was left with a nice slick feeling to it

Here are some shots of the car immediately after.

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Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax – How long Does it Last?

Time will tell how long this product lasts on my car. I will update this post when I have spent more time with it, and see how the longevity compares to some of the other products on the market. I am hoping to see at least 4 weeks from the product. ( This is the minimum I would expect from these Si02 products )

*Update

Now that I have spent some proper time with this product, I feel that I can give some proper feedback on its performance. The longevity of Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic is about what I expected. It seems to be right around the 3-4 week mark where I can notice the protection on the paint dropping off, and the water doesn’t bead as well. ( However, it is still there to some degree )

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax VS Gyeon Wet Coat

How do I feel about this product compared to Gyeon Wet Coat, which I have been a huge fan of for a long time.

There are definitely some differences between Hybrid Ceramic Wax and Gyeon Wet Coat. The consistency of the products seem totally different from one another, so these are not the same. The Meguiars product seems to be a bit thicker, whereas the Wet Coat is a watery type consistency.

The main difference is how the paint feels to the touch. The Hybrid Ceramic Wax gives a FAR slicker feel to the car’s surface, which I was nicely surprised by.

Whatever is causing this, seems to have given it a bit more gloss to the finish when compared to the wet coat.

I will be interested to see how the longevity of the product compares to wet coat. I will give it a few weeks before passing judgement on that.

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax – Worth it?

Overall I was impressed with the product – I would happily recommend it to people looking to try it out. The ease of use means that anyone at ANY experience level can jump in and start using it, which is a big plus for me.

  • Price 7/10

  • Appearance 7/10

  • Ease of Application 10/10

  • Protection 8/10

  • Overall Score 8/10

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax – Where to Buy?

If you want to try Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax – please consider purchasing it through my Amazon Link HERE

This helps me keep this blog up and running.

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Have you tried this product already? If so please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Until Next time,
Happy Detailing!

About the Author – Darren O Hara

Darren is the founder of the DriveDetailed blog and is a keen detailing enthusiast living in the rainy south of Ireland. When he is not cleaning his car he is always researching ways he can improve his techniques and enjoys testing out out new products.

Darren currently drives an Audi TTRS and is a big fan of performance cars.

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21 thoughts on “Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax Review

  1. This is the worst product I have ever used and Im 66yrs old. Spray it on rinse it off that’s a joke spray it on and get out your buffer.I did it buy your instructions on 2 cars may as well have waxed and buffed bad product. By the way your gold wax is the best I have ever used. Jeff

    1. Jeff I am also 66 yo. I have always kept my cars clean and waxed. I just got this product and used it on my 3 cars. The rain water beads up great. Just use sparingly and wash off! I don’t know how long it will last, but it gets on my windows and water beads up on them like I used rain-x spray. ok for windows. Mequairs sales some of your cars best products. Looks good to me.

  2. This does the same thing as FAVOR furniture polish for $3.00 a can. The only difference being that you have to wipe it off. Great shine, great feel, lasts about 3-4 weeks, but doesn’t streak, and you can use it on leather, plastic, chrome, paint, and any other substance that they make furniture out of!

  3. Great video! I have used this product on my RV, TK and Cars. This Ceramic Wax works, The new technology in paint, finishes at the microscopic level is improving. If you take care of your cars finish almost anything will work. this stuff is the real deal.

  4. I would not want to use a product that you have to continually have to use every 3 or 4 weeks. Also, when you rinse the car you must get that product over all of the glass on your vehicle. So, how does that affect wiper blades and rain sensing wipers? My vehicle guides warns that, that may affect their operation. I also don’t believe the “5” minute process. Nothing like this takes just 5 minutes. I see that they also have a rub on, similar to a wax process. How does that work and how long does that last? I was told that that can last a year or more.

  5. Hi Dirk. Using something like this every 4 weeks really isnt a pain , and yes it does take about 5 mins using the spray on rinse off method!It can also be applied to glass with no issue.
    The “Rub On” method you mentioned should be used in the first application to apply a base layer. Follow on applications are done using the spray on and rinse off. There is no way in hell it can last a year or more! 2-3 months is the absolute max in my opinion. But for something that is so easy to apply , a short lifespan isnt a problem for me.

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  7. I used it on my black GMC 2500 and it worked perfectly. The initial use I liberally applied the product, ensuring that I covered the glass and trim (tires too). I am very impressed and can honestly say that this actually works. My truck is slick, no spider web scratches and the glass sheds rain right off. All the plastic trim and rubber gaskets look and feel great. It’s my new go to product and I’ll happily pay 15$. Well done.

  8. Hi Sir,

    Thank you for this genuine review and using easy language.

    It is such help for question to buy or not.

    I am here from India and say you “Nameste” it is greeting here from my heart.

    Thank you once again.

    Stay blessed 💐🙏

  9. I used this product and I love it. I put a generous amount on the front of my car before trips and the bugs rub right off when washing. If I do not have time to wash my car I just take the hose and spray it down and the majority of the dirt comes off. The only thing I am disappointed in is some of the wax must be left on my car and drips on my black running boards. It leaves white spots just like wax, I am not sure how to remove this. This is the only thing I do not like about this wax, other than that i think it’s amazing.

  10. Hi Darren
    I have used many products on my cars over the years, few are as easy or give as good results as the maguiars hybrid ceramic, I have a ds ds5 180 bhdi auto, in whisper purple. It had fine swirl marks so I clayed and mopped it with fine finishing compound before using the ceramic. Wow!!!, its transformed the car and it looks like new. The prep obviously helped but the maguiars ceramic wax was so easy and quick to apply to ALL surfaces, and the shine and water beading is amazing, 2 weeks in and it looks like I just did it, I think once a month a quick spray after washing then jet wash it off and dry should keep it tip top.
    Thanks for a very informative helpful blog 👍🤘

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