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    Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! My name is Jim

    Years ago I had a thread over at the L2D forum(now defunct) giving some quick thoughts, tips and PERSONAL opinions on Carnauba waxes. I have an enormous amount of waxes that I will never be able to use up. But collecting and trying them out is the fun part for me!
    I have had sooo many people PMing me the past few years and some help from someone who saved most of my thread asking me to repost or restart. So I decided to post here at Autopia.org and will update/revamp thoughts on previously reviewed waxes as long as adding new additions.
    This will be an ongoing thread as I will attemp to add on a regular basis.
    All waxes in this thread were purchased by myself except for Adam’s Americana and Prima Banana gloss. Those 2 companies sent me their waxes to add to that thread back then as long as I reported honestly(which I always do)

    I politely ask for everyone who post to keep it based on Nubas please. I don’t want this thread a battle over waxes, sealants and coatings. There are some fantastic detailers here who only use a certain type of LSP. We all know that the grueling hours of work done b4 the LSP process is what makes a great detailer, not the LSP of choice. So again I ask your comments stay focused on Nubas and we all have a little fun here.

    I hold no brand preferences and I try to give my best representation from my experience with the product so you can make your own decisions.

    Thank You, Jim


    stay tuned.....,
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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    My favorite Carnauba wax is Megs gold class paste wax,,goes on easy come off easy,,IMHO a carnauba should be in paste in form.
    as I type this I happen to have a can of Trewax 4 seasons boat wax next to me,,I believe this can is from 1968

    I hope this starts the conversation off in the right direction

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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    1 Rubbish Boys Original Edition https://www.autopia.org/forums/waxes...ml#post2146449
    2 Swissvax Shield https://www.autopia.org/forums/waxes...ml#post2146481



    hopefully I will be able to directly link every wax here so you don’t have to search Thru pages and pages if looking for something specific!
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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    I’m sure you have some new waxes to add to the list too.
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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by rlmccarty2000 View Post
    I’m sure you have some new waxes to add to the list too.
    maybe not a lot but a few. I have really been spending time with waxes I have used trying to perfect a technique to make them work well. In “well” I mean the best possible way to use the particular product and make it the most user friendly. One thing I love about nubas and also hate is that companies add different additives to them. So it kind of make each wax unique. Unlike other LSPs, there is a learning curve to get the best possible results from each wax. This is where I hope my experience can help the masses.

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    Let’s start with a few basics:

    - actual Nuba content. Companies us this as a huge marketing ploy. Let me tell u about this very simply. IT DOESNT MATTER!! Do not concern yourself with this fact. This is twisted and unregulated factoid. 44% 79% blah blah blah. It doesn’t matter. Now you will hear or see a wax that is 100% Nuba. Also false. What you are getting is not 100% Nuba. What you are getting is a LSP that contains only Nuba wax and no other wax. If it was 100% Nuba, u wouldn’t be able to use it as Nuba is very hard and unusable In It’s natural form. Here is the deal with Nuba wax,, it’s awesome but we like other waxes to in it sometimes also. So Nuba shares some love with bees wax and other waxes. We also need solvents, oils and other chemicals to be able to make us spread this rock hard wax. This is where Nuba gets fun. Whatever the manufacturer decides to add to it can add a lot of characteristics to the said wax.

    - price. By far the biggest curve in the detailing world for a singular type of product. You can spend anywhere from $5 upwards to a years salary. Are the most expensive waxes any better? That is In the eye of the beholder perhaps. If you are happy then yes it was worth it.

    - you waste over 99.9% of the wax in the container. Only a tiny layer of wax remains on the surface after application and removal.

    - application. I am now huge on machine application. I prefer a PC type machine. These style machines can allow for one handed application while you hold the wax in The other hand. Machines cause a bit of friction allowing you to melt and spread a ultra thin layer of wax, which makes removal easier. It also saves product. The less you use, the more you have for next time. It also works the wax into the paint’s microscopic pours and valleys. It’s makes waxing much faster and let’s be honest, after a full detail we’re all physically exhausted. So easy is good.

    - unless the wax is a hybrid type, it can get wet immediately with no ill effects. Some waxes actually get a better look after being doused with cold water as they fully harden due to temperature change.

    - the look. Nuba has or can have a very unique look favorited by the true enthusiastic individual. This is subjective of course.

    - durability. This is very subjective. I try to report on vehicles that are driven in all types of weather. How the paintwork is touched for the time after instillation has a huge effect. I can make the least durable wax last 15 years buy topping with spray wax. That’s not what we are after. I try to report on standard washes without any type of topper. As my clients basically see the wax. They wash a few times between my services and that’s basically it. A lot see me for maintenance washes and if a topper is added, I basically disregard the durability of the initial Wax as it has been altered.

    - this thread will contain mostly paste versions. You will see a few liquid and spray versions I feel are worthy of mentioning tho.

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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    I love my carnauba, and this time of year is when I top my existing LSP or just strip it off to put the Nuba on. Temperatures are lower. Not much dust/pollen in the air, and fresh autumn days ahead!
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    Subscribed, this should get interesting.

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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    One important aspect/characteristic of any last-step product (LSP) is protection that I think you have not mentioned. That said, every vehicle owner has a preference of which LSP characteristics are most important to them, and it depends on the vehicle type (sports-car or truck), its usage (daily driver or summer garage queen), location and climate (coastal sea-salt Southeast or Midwest winter), paint color (metallic black or pearl white, etc.); they all affect the LSP choice.
    For myself, it`s the look or appearance that an LSP imparts to a vehicle. I like carnaubas because of that, especially on dark vehicles. Carnaubas are easier to apply, and yes, I waste A LOT of wax in the application and wipe-off process. The other factor is initial cost. I have "moved up" in that department from OTC waxes like Turtle Wax, Mothers, and Meguiars (but still have a very small about of M16 Professional, which was very good in its day) to using Collinite 915 Marque d`elegance wax. Its not super expensive (although for a hobbyist $38.00 for 12 ounces is a lot compared to $12.00-to-18.00 for OTC waxes) and provides a great carnauba look on ANY vehicle color with some durability, which is a win-win for me.

    By the way, for a humorous side to "repurposing" (IE, alternate uses for) carnauba waxes. please see my post:
    https://www.autopia.org/forums/car-d...t=#post2119128
    GB detailer

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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    Looking forward to the evolution of this thread.

    Some of my favorites include Fuzion, Pete’s 53, and a few of the Dodo Juice waxes.

    Happily subscribed .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
    One important aspect/characteristic of any last-step product (LSP) is protection that I think you have not mentioned. That said, every vehicle owner has a preference of which LSP characteristics are most important to them, and it depends on the vehicle type (sports-car or truck), its usage (daily driver or summer garage queen), location and climate (coastal sea-salt Southeast or Midwest winter), paint color (metallic black or pearl white, etc.); they all affect the LSP choice.
    For myself, it`s the look or appearance that an LSP imparts to a vehicle. I like carnaubas because of that, especially on dark vehicles. Carnaubas are easier to apply, and yes, I waste A LOT of wax in the application and wipe-off process. The other factor is initial cost. I have "moved up" in that department from OTC waxes like Turtle Wax, Mothers, and Meguiars (but still have a very small about of M16 Professional, which was very good in its day) to using Collinite 915 Marque d`elegance wax. Its not super expensive (although for a hobbyist $38.00 for 12 ounces is a lot compared to $12.00-to-18.00 for OTC waxes) and provides a great carnauba look on ANY vehicle color with some durability, which is a win-win for me.

    By the way, for a humorous side to "repurposing" (IE, alternate uses for) carnauba waxes. please see my post:
    https://www.autopia.org/forums/car-d...t=#post2119128

    agreed with all you said. There is a lot that is subjective to each user. When I start posting the waxes, I’ll comment on the protection or more so, some of my real world durability findings.
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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    I`m beginning to rekindle my original love for Nuba`s. I recently used Dodo Juice Supernatural Hybrid NANO
    It was Easy on/Easy off and I like the look and feel "a warm carnauba glow with lasting protection properties".

    Merlin
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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    Dr Oldz, what are your thoughts on fk1000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishroes View Post
    Dr Oldz, what are your thoughts on fk1000

    FK 1000????? This is a Nuba thread!!!! It doesn’t belong here!

    lol I will eventually add my thoughts on this sealant as I feel it should be mentioned here.
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    Re: Dr Oldz Nuba Thread (Master Edition)

    Sorry man. I never really read what it said on the side on the tin can other than hi-temp paste wax until you said something. All along I’ve been thinking it was a Nuba/sealant. It says it has waxes in it but evidently not Nuba. I’m glad you brought that to my attention. I still like it though, but I do want to try a Nuba that you recommend. The 3 paint colors I have are Honda red rock pearl (2006 Ridgeline).
    Magnetic Gray metallic (2016 Tundra) Blizzard white pearl (2017 Highlander). On the Tundra, I would like something that would make it look a little darker if that’s possible, whether it be a certain polish or lsp. Currently the only thing that’s been on it is jescar medium polish and jescar powerlock +

 

 
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