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This is my write up about recommended Zaino products from my experience and reading many posts on different sites about detailing with Zaino.

What is important to remember is you will get a real nice shine with any good quality wax/polish you use. It really is personal preference and what you are looking for. Zaino does outlast all the other products on the market, so if your looking for longtivity then Zaino is the product for you. If your looking for a great shine and don’t really care if you wax/polish once a month or so then there are many good quality brands out there to chose from and has been mentioned NXT is, from what I hear, an excellent product, so you may want to consider that.

Zaino recommended products Sonic Booms opinion so not necessarily nor met to be the perfect polish for everyone.

ZFX $19.95 It is a “flash cure accelerator. It greatly reduces the drying time of the polish and makes for a better bond as well. Using the ZFX will enable you to put up to 3 (no more) coats on in a day. I would say you could do 3 coats in about 2 hours or so.

Now the price may seem high, but it is worth every penny. It is a real small bottle and when you see it your like “why did I pay so much for so little” the little bottle will last for 1 1-2 to 2 bottles of the Z2 car polish.

Using the ZFX on average will cure the polish within 30 minutes or sooner depending how humid it is outside. When I say cure I mean where you able to buff off, it is dry. Without the ZFX it could take hours waiting for a coat of polish to dry. I know from experience. Also if you do NOT use the ZFX you can really only put on 1 coat of polish a day. I believe you have to give it 8 – 12 hours between coats. With the ZFX you do not have to wait at all. Once it is dry and buffed off your can immediately put on another coat.

Z2 $12.95 This is the polish for clear coat, and light colored vehicles. They do not advertise it for light colors, but if you talk to others who have used Zaino they will recommend Z2 for light colors and Z5 for dark colors.

NOTE: On my dark truck (sonic blue) I have personal applied 2 coats of Z5 and then followed that with 3 coats of Z2. I think the Z2 looks awesome on the sonic blue and would highly recommend it. It you do not want to purchase both Z2 and Z5, regardless of color I would recommend just going with the Z2 and I really believe you would be happy with the results. Z5 is $16.95

As for the Z5 it is advertised as a polish for “swirl removal” it does NOT work and will not remove swirls, it does not have any abrasives. So if you ever need to remove swirls you will need a different product. I am sure RockPick or some others could recommend a good product by Meguires.

Zaino is great for shine and durability however they do NOT have any products for prepping the paint if needed, scratches, swirls etc.

Z6 $9.95 This is the detail spray, it is labeled as Ultra Gloss enhancer and it does, not a lot but it makes it a little more slicker, and it has an antistatic properties in it, like other good detail sprays. I myself would NOT use it between coats because I have not found it adds anything. I would only use it after you’re done with your last coat of polish and after every wash.

Z7 $7.95 This is the car wash soap. If you wash your truck a lot you may want to buy two bottles of this and the Z6 detail spray. It cost $7.95 for shipping one product or more so it may save you a few bucks buying a couple of both.

Z18 $16.95 This is the Zaino claybar. There is no reason you have to use this particular clay, if you have another brand you like that is a little cheaper then by all means use it.

Now I don’t know how you like your tires. Myself I do NOT like the shinny tires but more of a natural look. Zaino has a tire shine product that works great for me. You put one coat on and it looks natural if you put two coats on you can get shinny. It really works great because after you put it on and buff it off there is NO greasy feel to it and it too has real good durability. I put it on maybe once every 4 – 6 weeks.

If you’re interested it is:

Z16 $12.95 Perfect Tire Gloss, it is a big bottle, I want to say 20oz, not sure but it last a long time and can be used on all the plastic trim and as the tires NO greasy feel and NOTHING runs off the plastic and marks up the paint like Armor-all. I know with a white truck anything that runs from the plastic will look like crap against the white paint. I put a coat on, buff it off the plastic about every 4 – 6 weeks. It too has an ultra violent light Protectant in it so the plastic does not fade over time. I have had my truck for 2 years now and the plastic looks like new, even when parked to a new truck at the Ford dealer you can not tell the difference between my plastic trim or an 03’s plastic trim.

So if you get everything, you’re looking at $80.70 + $7.95 shipping. If you go without the Z16 then $67.75 + 7.95.

I want to say I believe you can get about 10 – 12 coats of polish out of the Z2 maybe more I am just not sure. So this will last quite a while, except the Z6 (detail spray) and the Z7 (car wash).

It is very durable. I put 3 coat on before last winter and it lasted 6 months through all the snow and salt and approx. 20 – 30 car washes, no Z6 (detail spray) I bought my first Zaino because of that and the fact you do NOT need to use a buffer on it.
 

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Zaino Application

NOTE: Zaino is a synthetic polish therefore it is important to remember that once applied it is not like an ordinary wax that can easily be stripped off. It basically has to wear off. You can “wax” over Zaino, but you can’t Zaino over wax. Zaino has to be applied to a wax free/grease free surface.

1. Wash truck with the Dawn dishwashing soap. This will strip any wax or grease residue that may be present on the paint. Use a good quality wash mitt such as sheep skin. Do not use just an ordinary cloth. A good wash mitt along with plenty of suds is designed to pick the dirt up into the mitt and not leave it on the surface of the mitt where it can get dragged around and introduce scratches in the paint.

Do NOT use the same wash mitt for the tires, rims and exhaust as you use on the paint. You could pick up some pieces of dirt etc that could cause scratches to your paint. Use an old wash mitt for the tire, rims and exhaust.

It is also a good idea (ok anal LOL) to use 2 wash buckets. One with the carwash soap and one with clean water. Once you have washed a section rinse the wash mitt in the clean water bucket then use the carwash soap bucket. This reduces the possibility of having some fine dirt in the wash mitt that could cause scratching.

2. Get a 20oz size or so plastic spray bottle. Fill it 2/3 full of clean water. Put about half a cap (from the Zaino car wash bottle) of the Zaino car wash in with the water. Put the spray nozzle back on and mix solution.

You will use this to lubricate the paint when claying the truck.

3. Use the Zaino, or any good brand of clay. If it is the Zaino clay it comes with two pieces in the bottle. Take one and separate it into 2 pieces. Main reason for doing this is IF you DROP it on the ground you MUST throw the clay away. Do NOT bother trying to get the dropped clay clean because you will never get all the little dirt specks out, some you won’t see but if you try to use it after dropping on the ground you WILL see nice little scratches in your paint.

Now with your piece of clay in hand, spray the mixed solution on an area of about 1 sq foot. Spray generously (the solution is cheap so don’t worry about over kill) if you spray to lightly if will dry up quick, which makes it easy for the clay to STICK to the paint (no problem) except when it sticks you’ll most likely to drop it. Move the clay back and forth or up and down (not in circular motions) until it feels smooth or feels like it needs more lubrication. You will know if you are picking stuff up because it feels a bit rough, or kind of like clicking while you go back and forth. When it is real smooth you know the area is done. You may also find most the truck feels smooth as you clay, but down around the fenders, bottom of the door etc will most likely be the areas that need the claying.

As your claying you want to turn the clay frequently, knead it where you’re turning the area of the clay you used into itself to expose an area of clay that has not been used yet. If you use the same area of the clay, especially after you feel a rough spot on the paint surface you will be dragging the stuff you picked up across the paint. Myself I would recommend after you do 1 – 2 areas to knead the clay and use and area that hasn’t been used yet.

4. After you finish claying wash the truck again, this time use the Zaino car wash.

5. Dry the truck using a good quality Microfiber towel or 100% cotton towels (made in the USA). The good brands not the cheap crap from overseas, because even though they say 100% cotton they have other materials in them that could scratch the paint, this goes for Microfiber towels as well. Stay away from the real cheap deals in auto parts stores etc. There may be other recommendations for drying from other post so you decide which suits you best. I would highly recommend using the Microfiber rather then the cotton towels because it will reduce your chances of introducing scratches.

6. After the truck has been dried your ready to polish using the Zaino. If you do not have the ZFX I would HIGHLY recommend you get the ZFX. The following is assuming you’re using the ZFX, if not the dry time may be much longer after you put a coat on.

7. Mix the ZFX with the Z2 or Z5 using the 2oz bottles provided in the kit. If you fill the bottle close to 2oz (approx. 1 1/2oz or 2/3rd full in the plastic bottle should be plenty for 3 coats) then you will want about 8 drops of the ZFX. Mix well for about a minute. Let sit for about 5 minutes while you get things ready.

8. Get your applicator ready by wetting it and ringing it out good. This helps so it doesn’t absorb a lot of the polish. After the 5 minutes re-shake the bottle again and now you’re ready to polish. On the sides of the truck, doors, fenders, tailgate etc put the polish on in an up and down motion (not circular) just straight up and down. Put it on LIGHTLY I would say about a dime size amount of polish on the applicator will do about a 2 foot section or so.

On the hood, do the same straight application, from the windshield to the front of the hood, not from one side to the other, from the windshield to the front of the truck.

The trick is doing very thin coats of Zaino. A 2oz bottle filled about 2/3’s full (with the ZFX kit) should be plenty to do 3 coats for the entire truck.

9. Once you are done applying the Zaino with the ZFX I would wait about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes find an area you can run you’re finger across to see if it is clear and shinny or if it looks smeared.

It WILL be HARD TO SEE the Zaino polish when it has hazed if you have a light color like silver. I had silver and it is a pain to see but now I have sonic blue and you can tell a little.

NOTE: Zaino does NOT haze like normal wax. It is very light to almost clear.

You want to make sure that it is NOT smearing. It won’t hurt the paint, it will mean the Zaino has not dried completely and it will be a PAIN IN THE @SS to take off. If it does smear with the finger test wait another 15 minutes or so and check again.

When it is dry, it is very easy to buff off. If you feel like you’re really having to buff the hell out of it to get it off (towel DONT feel like it glides right across the paint) then it is not dry and it’s just smearing around.

IMPORTANT, when buffing off the polish to use same type of towels, highly recommended to use Microfiber or (100% cotton made in the USA). Turn your towel frequently when buffing off the Zaino polish, like any other polish/wax.

Once your done buffing off the first coat you can apply the second coat (only if you’re using the ZFX) otherwise I think you have to wait like 8 hours in between coat. When using the ZFX you can only put a max. of 3 coats on in a day. You should really notice a nice difference after 3 – 5 coats. Some people use the Zaino Gloss enhance (detail spray) in between coats. I have done it before and not done it and didn’t notice any real difference. So myself I wouldn’t waste it between coats.

NOTE: Just a note about why I recommend up and down motions and NO to use circular motions is that regardless how hard you try not to introduce micro scratches to your paint or “swirls” it is almost impossible to not have some. Mind you these are extremely light and would be hard to tell.

It is much harder to see micro scratches “swirls” if they are horizontal or vertical to the body. When you have “circular” ones (common with buffers) they are very EASY to see in the right light, and if bad enough to see at any time.

You should wash in the same manner, either up and down, or side to side. Sure, it’s anal but it does work and work well.

Hope this helps a bit…
 

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Well in my hast I didn’t see we have a new section for detailing so it looks like Rob02 is the moderator of this forum (how the hell did that happen) :D

So Rob, if you could be so kind and move this thread into the new detail section I would appreciate it…
 

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AWESOME WRITE UP! :smt041

As per your request I placed this write up in your section of the forum Mr. moderator!

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Great write up Sonic, I think I’m going to switch to Zaino. This product seems to give an incredible brilliance to the paint. I have had a lot of people disagree with me, but I agree with your method with not using circular motions. It’s kind of like finish work on wood, you don’t want to go against the grain. It's definitely better to do use the up and down / back and forth method. Believe me having a black truck I know.
 

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Great write up Sonic, I think I’m going to switch to Zaino. This product seems to give an incredible brilliance to the paint. I have had a lot of people disagree with me, but I agree with your method with not using circular motions. It’s kind of like finish work on wood, you don’t want to go against the grain. It's definitely better to do use the up and down / back and forth method. Believe me having a black truck I know.
Thanks, and I agree many people think I am nuts and anal and perhaps I am both but my truck is not just an object its Ford’s work of art… :D

Actually I have always been real anal about any of my vehicles from old used ones I have owned and brand new.

It does make a big difference with the up and down, or side to side motion when washing and waxing and more so with dark colored vehicles that tend to show the littlest of nicks or scratches. So every little bit helps to reduce as much as possible micro scratches.

Zaino is not that hard to use and just as easy if not easier then other waxes/polishes. However the trick with Zaino is it really is completely different then ordinary wax with how you apply it and how it looks once applied before buffing off.

Zaino has to be put on in very THIN coats and it has to be dry before buffing off. The first time I used Zaino I used about ½ bottle (of the 2oz bottle provided, so 1oz) for just 1 coat. It was WAY to MUCH Zaino and a real pain in the butt to take off.

I almost threw out the Zaino I had and said screw it. I went back and read some more on the detail sites and read a few post about putting too much on.

Problem is when you put it on correctly, real thin coat it don’t appear to have any polish on the paint. It is very deceiving and more so because it don’t really haze like most waxes/polishes. It is very hard to tell on dark colors and almost impossible to tell on light colors.

1 coat really doesn’t do much, almost like putting a base down. The second coat is not too bad but once you get 3 coats it really starts to look awesome. Put 5 coats on and people start asking where you get it professional detailed at. You can get as good or better a shine then the best waxes/polishes where it takes a buffer to get a great shine. With Zaino you get that shine by hand, never having to touch the paint with a buffer.

For me that was important because first I have never “really” used a buffer and second I know from some personal experience (using a buffer twice in my younger years) it don’t take much to ruin a nice paint job.

I will admit and say I don’t think Zaino is the end all of shine. There are a lot of good products out there and really comes down to preference. Preferences on how you want to use the product, in this case by hand without a buffer, and second how long do you need it to last. Some people love waxing once a month or so. I don’t because we can have some long winters here in New Hampshire so you could go many months before it was warm enough to actually be able to wax/polish.

Well that’s enough for this mini-novel… :D
 

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SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKING Post Sonic :smt026

I always wanted a "How To" on this, WOO HOO

How bout a nice Shiney Pic of the Beautiful Beast
(keep it clean Leeann) hehehehehe
 
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Zaino is the only thing I've used over the past 3 years from my Avalanche to my 99 GT and I'll never use anything else.
 
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