Best synthetic wax

I know this has been discussed in the TMC forum and possibly here also, but with my Blue 85 due in a couple weeks I am making final plans for its first wax. I have used NuFinish on past cars but did read on the TMC forum some good comments about 3M 39030 Performance Finish. It is reasonably priced and also gets very good reviews on Amazon. Just wondering what others are using and happy with. I do plan to take care of the car but am not obsessive with try to keep it looking like a "show car". Just want to hit a happy medium of clean, great looking finish with reasonable amount of efforts. So appreciate any suggestions.

I'm using Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax 2.0 paste purchased on Very happy with it.

I have a black P85. To maintain the luster and shine for the last 2 months, I've been using Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer. It's been great on the road, especially on the recent trip from NorCal to SoCal.

Took the car to Santana Row and it draw alot of attention.

Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer
by Meguiar's

Enhances wax protection that is safe on all surface
Features hydrophobic polymer technology
Delivers a high surface tension which adds protection
Removes dust, bugs and finger prints
Leaves an ultra-slick and ultra-dark finish

I also use Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax 2.0. I put it on shortly after getting the MS as the reviews were good, it was easy, available, and not too expensive. I touch up (remove bugs, dust, and rear panel grime) with Pinnacle Crystal Mist Carnauba Detail Spray (easy and quick plus it smells good). I use the 2 cloth quick detail method - one to soak up the detail spray and the dirt, the second to dry/buff to a shine - the whole car takes about 5 minutes. The combination seems to leave a very deep gloss on my silver MS and I get a lot of compliments - however those are probably due to the car and not my wax :)

There was a thread here a while back where folks were touting "Liquid Glass LG-100" and "Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0".

Need to find a detailer for opti-coat in la anyone?

Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax 2.0 liquid, too. My recommendation is to do a double pass, as in the instructions. Very happy with the results and super easy to apply and buff.

Sorry guys - do I need to wash my car ? I thought that would be part of the annual service.
Just kidding... I am reading the thread.

I've been using Griot's Garage products for years. The "Best Of Show" wax is excellent. In fact, anything I've ever tried from them has been fantastic - window cleaner, speed shine, spray on wax, clay bar, micro fiber towels and many others.

Kleist - Pretty sure a wash is part of the $600 annual service when you bring it in. Now if you want a weekly wash, you'll have to sign up for the little known $31,200/yr. weekly service. However, if you've held your TSLA shares, it's pocket change.

I just used Collinite liquid wax #845. Previously used NXT Tech Wax 2.0 paste. I think the Collinite is a little better. you will not go wrong with either. I also have the blue

+1 for Meguiar's Quick Detailer. I use it all the time between car washes to clean off minor spots and road grit. Works beautifully but use a micro fiber cloth to be safe.

Just did a full Zaino treatment on my wife's MS85.. looks fantastic.

A member on TMC recently tested several polishes and he found something called Glare to be the best in that bunch. Does anyone else have experience with Glare?

+1 biggator. I only use Zaino on my Model S.

My neighbour raves about that stuff.

I haven't tried on a black car yet, but I use WashWaxAll ( on my motorhome and Silver Porsche. Super easy. I wash the car, and when still wet, spray the washwaxall on, and wipe dry. Do about 1/8th of the car at a time. Basically doesn't add any time. I will report back on the shine on my black MS in a month after delivery.

A Benz snob said liquid glass was crap and I should only use Zymol (non-synthetic?). Anyone have experience with it?

I have been using Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax for 2+ years now on all my cars. Could not be happier with it. I apply it using a small buffer with a microfiber applicator, and buff off with a large orbital buffer also w a microfiber bonnet. No streaks, great shine and water repellency, no wax stuck in crevices.

As an aside, on the interior I was surprised to find that most of my leather cleaners left streak marks on the black Nappa leather. After much experimentation, I found that Mother's leather cleaner worked by far the best. Also applied Meguiar's leather sealant after cleaning everything thoroughly with the Meguiar's followed by a 10% dilution of Woolite. We'll see how well the sealant works, but appearance-wise, it looks great now.

I've never really bought fancy wax before since I haven't owned a car this expensive before, but the S got me looking. I have learned to trust meguires for good bang for the buck. I have the pearl white and I noticed that meguires has a "White wax" out now, so I tried it. Its a paste in a tube. It goes on smooth and it leaves the paint with a level of shine and slick feeling to a finger I've never had before.
I don't think its synthetic, but it really is worth a try. I'm really impressed by it. The paint looks deep and glows in the sunlight.
They make a "black wax" as well.

The guy who did my paint protection film swears by NXT - to remove small marks from the film. If you get any stubborn marks on the surface of the film, or dings where a stone has hit it, then a dab of NXT seems to work wonders.

I don't normally wax/polish my cars often, but reading the Forums and waiting two years for my MS got the best of me.

My MS will be delivered in 7-10 days and I plan to keep it polished. With that in mind, I read every review I could find and narrowed the product list down to three:

Nu Finish

I ordered Glare from eBay. Nu Finish was purchased at a local store. I decided to skip NXT. I have little doubt NXT is a good product, but the other two intrigued me more and I only need to polish two cars.. Glare is supposed to remove/hide spider webs and swirl marks, polish chrome, and last five years. Nu Finish is supposed to last one year. I like the idea of low maintenance so I decided to experiment with only the last two products, Glare and Nu Finish.

I have two cars for my test. One is a 1998 with plenty of spider webs and swirl marks. The second is a 2012 with no spider webs or swirl marks (near pefect).
Today I washed/waxed/polished both cars. Both were washed/dried in 55 degree weather. Neither car was driven or allowed to get warm in the sun (overcast today). Both cars were polished in my garage to avoid having UV rays bake-on the products. I hate having a wax get too hard and then having to scrub it off. Too much work.

Here are the results:

The 1998 car was first. To test Glare, I applied it to half of the hood. Glare did an amazing(!) job of hiding the spider webs and swirl marks. About 90% of the marks were hiden when viewed under a bright light. I was impressed. The second half of the hood was polished with Nu Finish. It also provided a very good shine, but only hid about 5% of the spider webs. Both products looked very good from beyond 3 feet. Both were easy to apply. Glare produced more dush. Nu Finish produced almost no dust. Glare had slightly less gloss but looked deeper. I finished the 1998 car with Nu Finish ($6) and the car looks great.
Note: One thing was interesting. The two products overlapped as I worked on the hood. Glare refused being removed by Nu Finish. Nu Finish could be removed by Glare. It seems Glare is something more than a typical polish. I even tried to remove it with a variety of soaps and wax. No luck. Glare is tough stuff.
Next up, the 2012 car with near-perfect paint. Again, I applied both Glare and Nu Finish side by side. There were no spider webs or swirls to compare with a bright light. Both products produced a great shine. Glare was slightly more mirror-like. Glare was also slightly easier to remove and buff. In order to have a comparison in a few weeks, I finished the 2012 car with Glare. Again, it produced more dust but not as much as regular wax.
Having one car now polised with each product, I'll keep an eye on durability for the coming weeks and months.
I've decided to use Nu Finish on my MS. The paint will be new so there should be no spider webs to hide. Nu Finish is much more cost effective, assuming it lasts several months.

Awesome write up! Thanks for the info!

@eAdopter...thanks for the info, I'm planning on using Glare on my black model S soon...what did you apply the glare with? Machine? By hand? What kind of pads if you used a machine...thanks!

Pinnacle Liquid Souveran--particularly on a black car.

I purchase a 2-pack of round, white, cotton terry applicators ($2.59) and used one for the Glare, one for the Nu Finish. I originally thought I would wash and re-use the applicators, but for that price, I'll purchase new applicators every time.

I didn't mention this earlier, but I also used Nu Finish on the windows. Very little polish is needed for windows. It made them spotless, shinny, streakless, and nothing sticks. I won't go back to Rain-X.

SPECIAL NOTE: I used a thick(!) microfiber cloth to wipe and buff after applying the products. A high-quality, thick cloth will cost about $10-$12. Did I mention "thick" enough? It's very important. The cloths seem expensive, but I now know they're worth every penny. The thick microfiber knap pulls the dry polish away from the car surface as you wipe and buff, preventing "gumming" and streaks. They also don't "dig " into the polish while wiping.

I'm surprised you seemed to pick the NuFinish over the Glare, even after saying the Glare was easier to apply/remove, and is probably tougher and longer lasting. I don't mind spending a little more if it gives me better protection from road salt, bird poop, etc., and I don't have to apply as often.

Yes, I see what you mean. I think it's important to keep my goals in mind. The goals were to determine:

1. Which one is best for my Model S with new paint.
2. If it's necessary to spend more to achieve a significant difference.

Longer term, I'll be watching both products for durrabilty - results coming.

For an older car, I agree with you. I think Glare is a slam dunk for my 1998 car because of how it hid the spider webs. But I was only using the older car as a test platform. I don't plan to polish it again.

For a surface in excellent or new condition like my 2012 car and soon-to-be Model S respectively, the differences were very(!) small.

Both products had similar gloss and both were easy to apply. Nu Finish had less dust, and Glare produced very little dust. In summary, both are excellent as of day 1. Each product has a minor advantage over the other, so I don't see any reason to spend 3x for Glare when it faired 1.1x better in my test.

I'm not a wealthy person and value is important to me. This is the type of decision making that allows me to save money over a long period of time, then pay cash for my Model S. I spend more money when differences warrant it, but not for the level of differences I described above. I hope this makes sense. It has a lot to do with personal preference and may not be for everyone.

Thank you!

I use Zaino Bros. Z2 Pro. Only available on-line, but they do ship same day. Might try "Leather in a Bottle" as well. Quirky name but recommended for leather surfaces..

Can you tell us more about how it holds up over time. Why did you choose it over other products?

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