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Why Carnauba?

Why Carnauba?Pinnacle waxes, including Pinnacle Souveran, Signature Series II, and Liquid Souveran, all contain genuine carnauba wax imported from Brazil. There’s no beeswax or paraffin, just a generous helping of carnauba in every container.

Why carnauba? It has several characteristics that make it a superior form of protection for your vehicle’s paint finish. Beyond visual appeal, which carnauba definitely has, the wax is also good for the paint. We’ve compiled a list of the reasons why carnauba is the only choice for Pinnacle’s premium waxes.

Carnauba is the hardest of all natural waxes. It’s so hard, in fact, you couldn’t apply it in its natural form. Harvesting the wax involves removing the leaves of the palm, allowing them to dry, and beating them to loosen the wax, which flakes off. It is then refined and packed into bricks. The wax must be blended with some type of lubricant to soften it and make it workable. Even though the wax does go through some processing, it retains its hardness once applied to the vehicle and cured. It makes a formidable barrier against the elements.

Carnauba has the highest melting point of all natural waxes. It’s about 185° F (85° C). This is important because melted wax does not offer the same protective properties of hardened, cured wax. Carnauba is able to survive hotter temperatures and therefore offer better protection for your vehicle.

Carnauba breathes. It expands and contracts with changing temperatures. Believe it or not, your vehicle’s paint expands and contracts, too. Carnauba’s “respiration” allows it to achieve a fluid, organic quality that synthetic waxes just can’t match.

Carnauba sheds water, pollutants, refracts UV light, and provides excellent, all around protection for any surface to which it is applied. Carnauba is secreted by the leaves of a palm tree to protect it from the harsh Brazilian climate. The reflective quality of the carnauba protects the leaves from the sun while the water-repellency redirects rainwater to the ground where it can be absorbed by the tree’s roots. The coating also retains the leaves’ moisture so they don’t dry out under the hot sun. When carnauba is applied to your vehicle, it offers these same qualities for your paint.

Carnauba is safe. Carnauba wax is used by the pharmaceutical industry to coat pills. The coating allows the pills to go down more easily, but it also keeps the pills from dissolving prematurely. It’s also used to coat certain candies, like jelly beans, to make them shiny. We use carnauba as a basis for our waxes because it’s proven safe for many applications and its certainly safe for your vehicle’s paint.

Carnauba produces a warm, wet-looking shine that is unparalleled by any other form of paint protection. Perhaps it’s a testament to the hot, wet climate from which it came, but carnauba looks as if it might drip off the paint. It has a depth and richness that has been winning over car lovers since the 1960s. Pinnacle’s proprietary formulations take full advantage of this quality. You’ll find that each jar of Pinnacle Souveran and Signature Series II is bursting with genuine carnauba and paint-wetting natural oils that further enhance the shimmer.

Ralph Lauren's 1930 Mercedes Benz SSK "Count Trossi" Winner, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best of Show Prepared and shown with Pinnacle Souverän™ Wax.