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Old 03-23-2009, 10:20 PM   #113
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I've already gotten my Zaino stuff and practiced on my current car, but I was wondering if I should do anything different on the RJT color? I know pretty much nothing about paint and was wondering since it is a "tintcoat" if I should do or not do something to it that I would normally do/not do to a regular color.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:25 PM   #114
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I've already gotten my Zaino stuff and practiced on my current car, but I was wondering if I should do anything different on the RJT color? I know pretty much nothing about paint and was wondering since it is a "tintcoat" if I should do or not do something to it that I would normally do/not do to a regular color.

got me on that one Iv'e never come into that situation before
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:28 PM   #115
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got me on that one Iv'e never come into that situation before
Hmm ok. Well I was just wondering cause I know the rest of the colors are clear coats, and Zaino says that is what most of their products are intended for. I would think all modern car colors are clear coats, even if they are multi-layered (more than usual) like RJT.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:47 PM   #116
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Zaino has been testing various Micro-Fiber products. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on them. Some of them are excellent and do not scratch. Others are terrible and definitely scratch. The quality control of these products from overseas, especially Korea, is not consistent, so you never know if they will be the same scratch-free quality. Even when using the same brand, we found the quality to be inconsistent. For now, we do not recommend using them. However, lab testing is ongoing, and we will post an update when we have more conclusive results.

Again Towels must be name brand high quality 100% Made in USA.

You must use only white. Not colored towels..... colored towels are not to be used because the dye leaves a chemical residue on the paint finish. Always wash your towels first before using. Use Liquid detergent and rinse twice.

When washing your towels. Only use Liquid detergent such as All or Tide, etc. Do not use Bleach, Powdered Detergents or any kind of fabric softener. They will leave a chemical residue on the towels which will transfer to your paint finish. Make sure to run rinse cycle twice to remove all detergent.

You should cut the selvages (borders) off the perimeter of the towels. This selvage contains nylon and polyester stitching that could possibly scratch your paint finish. The towels will fray a little once this is done. But it's better to play it safe.

Drying the towels on high heat will make them hold a static charge. I use the regular heat setting and remove them a little damp and let them air dry. You can fluff the towel real good when it's dry to make it softer.

As the towels get older they will lose there nap and absorbency and will have to be replaced.

Where to buy towels........

Some name brands make a lower quality version of their towels for K-Mart, Walmart and other big discount chains. These towels say 100% Cotton but that is not, totally true. The nap is 100% cotton but the backing material has polyester blend in it. So if you press a little to hard on the towel you can get some fine scratches or swirls. The point I'm trying to make is a lower quality towel is selling in a discount store for $6.00 or less (approximately) it is not the good stuff. I buy all my high quality towels at stores like Linens and Things and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I realize that Cannon-Fieldcrest aka (Pillowtex) is no longer in business... but there are plenty of other towels still available. I buy all my Cannon & Fieldcrest towels in the Bath & Linen shops in the bigger stores in the mall. I pay anywhere from $10 to $20 per towel. You can also try Linens and Things or Bed, Bath and Beyond... If you cannot find the Cannon or Fieldcrest line, then any high quality substitute towel from the above stores is acceptable.

These are the real deal. I buy about 3 or 4 towels and they usually last me about a year.

I get mine here http://www.dftowel.com/ordertowels.html


Great Info.. And great towels
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Tintcoat should be treated like any other clearcoat. All they do is tint the final coat of clear. Its still clear coat.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:06 AM   #118
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This (to me) is one of the best threads on here rite now, thanks guys for
the great info.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:08 AM   #119
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Any special consideration for the vinyl stripes?
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:42 AM   #120
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Any special consideration for the vinyl stripes?
Just use the same polish, whatever that may be, on them as you do the rest of the car.

IMO, nothing more is required. I Zainoed the stripes on my brothers 'Hawk, and they always looked good.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:28 AM   #121
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I bought my 100% american made white towels from Linens & Things.They were closing that store and everything was marked down.I think I paid $2 each.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:59 AM   #122
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I've never waxed/polished a car before, but I think I want to use the Zaino system on this one. I want it to look great and have better protection

Is there anything that a "newbie" should know about applying these products? Mostly regarding time & difficulty I guess... I'm just worried that I won't do it right. Any tips or suggestions? Thanks
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:43 PM   #123
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Hmm I'm still confused.

ZAIO or Z2? Or Both?

Honestly mine is a daily driver and I'm not a detail guy... maybe ZAIO is what I need?
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:44 PM   #124
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ive been using zaino since 04 when i got a silver RSX, TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO IT STEP BY STEP !! and you should bee fine and after i did the first applications and the sun hit the car it blinded me, it turned the car into a mirror and i was impressed, i used it onn
my truck last summer but i was in a hurry and didnt get the water spots off the back window before i zainoed and they are still there, so just wanted to make sure know one makes that mistake is just take your time, hope that helps
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:57 PM   #125
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oh and one more thing, may want to consider using cotton diapers, they make adult sizes too, i use one to dry the car after wash and another to wipe off the wax
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:03 PM   #126
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Awesome just cant get over that car. What zaino products did u use. The Z-CS? Seems the triple pack is a great combo. I didnt get the clay bar but am anticipateing it. Like I said would have orderd more from them but they wouldnt take pay pal.
I clayed it then 4 coats of Z5 then 4 coats of Z2 and sprayed the Z6 bewteen each coat. I didn't use the drops but I'm going to because I read that it makes the polish a bit harder. Zainos good stuff
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