Nu Finish NF-76 and 3M One Step Cleaner Wax performed very well overall in comparison to some much higher-priced waxes, according to Consumer Reports. Detailed reviews of the best car waxes are available for a subscription free on the Consumer Reports website.
Waxes that ranked well for gloss improvement removed oxidation and made paint appear more vibrant, states Consumer Reports. Findings also recommended waxes that scored high for cleaning, because they can remove oxidation and embedded grime. Liquid waxes were ranked best for cleaning.
Light oxidation can be removed by regularly cleaning the paint with a clay bar, according to Guide to Detailing & Customizing. Heavy oxidation may be better improved with polish, such as Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound or Kisses All-in-One. The NuFinish website suggests using a polish over a wax when dealing with oxidation. The TurtleWax website recommends using a premium polishing and rubbing compound to remove oxidation.