Mercedes-Benz: How to Make Your Own Car Wax

There are many ways to improve your car's appearance, and wax is one of the most popular methods. Many Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class owners have a favorite type or brand of wax, but you might just find that your homemade wax beats anything you could find in a store.

By Kate Halse - May 8, 2015

This article applies to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class w204, w205 (2007-Present), and E-Class w211, w212 (2002-Present).

Car wax does more than just make the exterior of your Mercedes-Benz look shiny and new. It keeps the paint protected from the elements as well as from the dust, dirt, and grime that tend to buildup over time. There's no shortage of popular car wax brands and products on the market, but the extra costs can quickly add up. With a bit of free time and a few ingredients, you can make your own cost-effective batch of car wax. Continue reading as this article will show you how.

Materials Needed

  • 1/2 cup carnauba wax
  • 2 tablespoons yellow beeswax
  • 2 cups turpentine
  • 1 tablespoon pine oil
  • Double broiler
  • Stove top
  • Mixing spoon
  • Oven mitts

Step 1 – Melt the waxes

Pour water approximately halfway into the bottom pan or pot of your double broiler. Then, pour the 1/2 cup of carnauba wax and 2 tablespoons of yellow beeswax into the pot on top. To successfully heat and blend the waxes together, it's best to avoid turning up the flame too high. A good rule of thumb is to keep the heat to a simmer, or on a low or medium-low setting. Stir the mixture until the waxes melt together and form a smooth consistency.

Figure 1. Set up the double broiler.

Step 2 – Let the mixture cool down

As soon as the waxes have blended together and the mixture is smooth, turn off the heat. Then, remove the double broiler from the stove top. Do not forget to use oven mitts as the pot handles are very hot. Set the wax aside, and allow it to cool down. Wait until it just begins to harden.

Step 3 – Mix in pine oil and turpentine

Once the wax has begun to harden, pour in 1 tablespoon of pine oil and 2 cups of turpentine, making sure you stir the mixture as you pour. Continue to stir until all of the ingredients are completely mixed.

Step 4 – Pour wax into storage container

With the wax mixture fully blended, transfer the wax to a storage container, such as one made of hard plastic. The wax will continue to harden, and be ready for use after it has been transferred.

Figure 2. Transfer wax to a storage container.

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