I just saw a commercial for NuFinish car polish. I've been seeing
commercials for this since I was a kid and am wondering if its claims
are even close to truth. Seven bucks (list price) seems to be a good
deal for something that is as good as it claims to be. I'm just curious
if anybody has tried it and what thoughts there are about it.
You been using it on german paints? IMHO it's junk, and on german
paints not only is it junk but it's so bad you'll go back and strip it
and put some proper wax on it. Let's put it this way, my dad has a
bottle of it in his garage he bought in the 70's. He used it once, then
threw it back behind all the stuff he actually uses. Everything I've
read about its use on German paints indicates that it leads to
Well, nobody has ever found the difference, though some suspect its
those very same ingredients that make the german paints (mostly made by
glasurit) illegal in the US (the finished product can be shipped here,
but the paint can neither be made nor applied here). It's not just
nufinish that clouds german paints, but any polymer based product.
You bring up a good point about the Zaino as I've never heard a
complaint about them, but I have heard complaints about almost every
other polymer product. Ignoring the polymer issue, I think there are
two rules with NuFinish: you get what you pay for and if it's too good
to be true, it is. NuFinish's commercials make it look like a wonder
product, therefore it's garbage much like gs27. Also, it's $7...how
good can it be? There's no such thing as a miracle product with wax,
everything has trade-offs. I say if you're parking inside use P21S if
you're parking outside use one grand blitz wax.
You need to hang out in the detailing sections of the various BMW
enthusiast sites. ;-) Both Zaino and Klass are very highly rated (for
polymer sealants). Although, as far as I remember, they're pretty much
the only two polymer sealants talked about (I'm sure there are others,
but the majority of polymer talk seems to revolve around these two
And, if you're really hardcore, you'll put a P21S/S100 (or similar)
topper on top of the Klass or Zaino. ;-)
I agree about NuFinish. I'd be very surprised if it even came
close to Zaino or Klass.
Hehe, Klasse was the only one I was thinking about when I said "almost
every other polymer product" I don't know what it is about those two. I
always do, for a car I wanted to look good and not necessarily have the
wax last long, P21S gloss enhancing paintwork cleanser (0, 1, or 2
coats, depending on paint) and P21S wax (1 or 2 coats depending on
I can't WAIT to hear you explain how "secret ingredient German paint "
is applied to the Spartanburg built cars.
| Well, nobody has ever found the difference, though some suspect its
| those very same ingredients that make the german paints (mostly made
| glasurit) illegal in the US (the finished product can be shipped here,
| but the paint can neither be made nor applied here). It's not just
| nufinish that clouds german paints, but any polymer based product.
So, it's not possible that in 30 years NuFinish has changed its formulation?
That's like saying, "I bought a Honda econobox in the '70s, it sucked.
Honda sucks forever."*
But I did try NuFinish on a Nissan about 10 years ago, and I wasn't
impressed either. Not sure if the current NuFinish is any better. On my A4
I've been using Zaino for a few years now and am very happy with the results
as well as durability.
* Actually, compared to a fine German car, Honda still sucks, but not as
badly as those from the '70s. :)
There are dozens of products like this, from many wax companies. At the same
price point they're all about the same.
Some say a German brand of wax/polish is better for a German car, because it's
formulated for German paint. From personal experience this was true back in the
80s -- I had better luck with Bolit and P21s products on my E30 cars. But I
think this is a lot less true than it used to be. Paints have become more
alike, and so have the waxes/polishes. American wax/polish companies go to
great lengths to make their products work on all finishes. It's a very
competitive industry. A Mother's or Maguiar's product is probably just as good
as as similarly priced P21s, etc. As with many things, you don't always get
what you pay for, but you almost never get what you don't pay for.
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