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Old 03-26-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
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Ok...I have got to ask this question because it's just driving me nuts. I'll probably get flamed by someone...but hope not...as this is just a genuine question.

For the 19 or so years that I've been driving, I've almost always used the Meguiar's product line...back when I was 16, I used what I could afford. But I see more and more folks talking about Zaino and some other product lines that I'm not familiar with.

I'd like to learn about other folks choices in car care products, pros/cons from your experiences, etc. I've starting reading on "clay barring" but not sure why/when/how of it.

Why have you chosen the car care products that you use? Specifically, by application, what product and why:

Paint: washing/waxing/deep cleaning
Glass: inside and out
Wheels: cleaning and polish
Tires: cleaning and protectant
Interior: leather, cloth, carpet, dash, door panels

My current responses would be:
1. Paint: Meguiar's "Gold Class" soap, paste wax every 3 mo., and quick spray wax/detailer in between
2. Glass: Windex or 50/50 of vinegar/water
3. Wheels: Pre-treat wheels, tires, wheel wells with Simple Green and then same Meguiar's soap as paint
4. Tires: Meguiar's "hot shine" spray
5. Interior: Meguiar's leather care cleaner and lotion

I don't have the tools to clean the carpet at home so have to take it to local car wash once or twice a year.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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Actually Zaino has been around for a while and was/is big with f-body enthusiasts among others. I remember seeing a Zaino comparison with Meguir's and another brand on an old SLP forum years ago about the quality of shine as well as the durability of both and Zaino came out on top. They use a synthetic polymer and not a wax per say when compared to a carnuba type. A lot of companies are switching over or have at least incorporated a synthetic into their product line-up because they are much more durable and can be applied in many layers w/o detracting consequences.

Personally on a care I care about I like using it, but that has to be done 100% by you. If you attempt to take it to a detailer and they apply something else to it then you are basicallly having to start over...
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:04 PM   #3
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zaino honest to god is amazing, i used to use Meguiar's/black magic alot on my silverado but, after using zaino i do not want to use anything else.Zaino also goes on and coems off better then those 2 did.
as for glass/head+tail light's i use invisiglass from stoner...awesome stuff.
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:16 PM   #4
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I'm just trying out Zaino for the first time, I'll post pics soon, awesome product. Prior to that I used Meguiar's or Mother's products. So now:

1. Paint: Zaino car wash, claybar, swirl remover, polish, sealant, and detail spray
2. Glass: Zaino class polish and Invisible glass cleaner
3. Wheels: Mine are painted so they get cleaned much the same as my paint.
4. Tires: Armor All original
5. Interior: Turtle wax cloth cleaner, Armor All for the plastic

I was a big fan of microfiber, but now I'm getting turned onto 100% cotton towels
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Old 03-27-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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If you live in love bug country I suggest Dupli-Color Shield. Its a temporary spray on for bug protection that washes off with soapy water.
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:05 AM   #6
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If you live in love bug country I suggest Dupli-Color Shield. Its a temporary spray on for bug protection that washes off with soapy water.

Ugh, I hate love bugs. My camaro doesn't even leave the garage during love bug season.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:54 PM   #7
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:00 AM   #8
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Ive found a lot of the better producs preatty cheap on ebay you should check it out if you havent!
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:29 AM   #9
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For tires I use pure silicon spray makes them look brand new. Even after 50 years a thorough cleaning and bath in silicon brings old tires to a semigloss shine.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:32 PM   #10
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Has anyone heard of Klasse All-in one and Klasse sealant glaze? Apparently these products are base and clear coat safe. They say you can put a carnauba paste wax on afterward to give it a deeper shine.

Apparently they can be applied by hand too.

All opinions welcome as I'm getting a black on black and want to keep it looking great.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:09 AM   #11
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:55 AM   #12
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:58 AM   #13
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I like zaino's polishes but not their other stuff

Lately, been doing
1. Zaino swirl remover
2. Zaino polish
3. 3m cleaner wax
4. 3m performance finish
then for maintainence,
1. wash with just water,
2. dry
3. spray on either Zaino or Meguiar's quick detailer, wipe clean
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:12 PM   #14
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I have no skills in this department. But I try. The question
I have is what product for the leather seats? When to apply
and how often?
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:56 AM   #15
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I switched to products from Griots Garage several years ago. Great products and great customer service with very knowledgeable staff.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:36 PM   #16
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ugh i dont know where to begin. Meguiar's is just fine. The old boutique vs over the counter products topic. Before u do anything u gota be realistic on how much u want to spend time detailing your car. It does u no good if u buy zaino but hate detailing as u will do it one time find out it takes hours and hours to apply then never do it again. Zaino has a wonderful all in one product for those who dont have the time. People who say boutique products are the only type of product and the otc are garbage are 100% wrong. There are some dam good otc products like collonite and duragloss just to name a few. The most important thing is technique and the proper tools over product. For the average joe get some good car soap(gold glass),clay bar,colorx and nxt tech wax,some detail spray and call it a day. Use colorx and clay bar as needed for most it will be 2x a year or less. Use your topper nxt tech wax every 2 months or so as needed and in between wash and use detail spray its really that easy. For tools get 3 buckets with grit guards(2 buckets for your paint one for the rims and tires) good quality wash mitts,microfiber drying towels and some scrub brush's for your tire's and rims. 2 other great poducts that are optional is a foam gun and the 7424 pc.
If you want more in detail explanations goto autopia.org. These guys know there stuff. Good luck

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Do you mean autopia.org?
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #18
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Paint:
Strip of old wax using Dawn
Zaino Clay Bar
Zaino car wash
Zaino polish

Glass (interior/exterior)
Stoners Invisible Glass
Wheels:
Eagle One Wheel Cleaner (if absolutely necessary. Otherwise wash with separate sponge with Zaino Car Wash)
polish with Zaino
Tires:
Armor-All
Interior: leather -
Zaino cleaner/conditioner
3M carpet/upholstery cloth, carpet,
dash, door panels - Turtle Wax "Ice" (noN-greasy matt finish)

For daily drivers; full detail every 6 mo.

*Important* USE GOOD QUALITY WASH MITTS AND TOWELS
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Moose / Nexus6, what kind of wash mitts do you use?
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:22 AM   #20
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Zaino car wash
Zaino polish

Ditto. Zaino all the way.

I don't like their window washing fluid. I prefer 20/20.

If you use Zaino, read the application tips carefully. Make sure you buy the right cotton cloth, etc.

I also love the Zaino Tire product. It returns the tire to original look and feel without the oily shine.

Dawn also removes any oil from the car.
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Moose / Nexus6, what kind of wash mitts do you use?
I get my detailing towels, wash mitts, and Zaino from Carl.
http://www.hcvind.com/
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:07 PM   #22
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May I recommend...

TurtleWax Spray Detailer. It gets all those water spots and dirt spots out and all you need is a microfiber towel. My car looks still great and I was down the shore with the salt in the air. So had to wash and polish up again, and it still looks like I just picked it up from the dealer. Here is the link for more info..

http://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2,1,1,2
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Moose / Nexus6, what kind of wash mitts do you use?

I use real sea sponges and real sheep skin mitts

http://www.autogeek.net/sheepwas.html

http://www.autogeek.net/natseaspon.html

I got the 4 pack sponges and 2 pack mitts

and for bugs and tar is use this http://www.autogeek.net/pinsafscrub.html

And for winshields i use the 3M white scrubbie pads that window tinter's use

Turtle wax....
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i just spent a small fortune on enuff Zaino products to do all 4 of our vehicles for a couple years.

never tried this stuff before but a co-worker has 2 black Firehawks and uses Zaino religiously..........................his cars look amazing. deepest gloss i have ever seen. i'm sold!
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