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Old 03-30-2009, 01:24 PM   #1
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My Zaino experience with pics

After years of reading about how great Zaino is, I finally ponied up for the cash to try it. I've always been meticulous about keeping my SS clean and freshly shined. Because of that I don't think I'm as amazed as some others, but it's still the best product I've used and I will continue to use only Zaino from now on. For the SS anyway.

If you want nothing but the best for your car and don't mind paying the premium price for it and the extra steps it takes to do it right, then I recommend Zaino. For a daily driver that you don't care as much about, or if you are on a tight budget, you can probably get away with a good quality over the counter carnuba wax.

Zaino gave the car a noticably deeper, wetter look.

The only product that I wasn't impressed with was the ZCS clear seal. It left streaks in some areas. I admit I may have applied it too thick though. But the steaks came off easy with some Z6.

These are the steps I took:

(Back in the fall I buffed the car with an orbital buffer using a mild cutter, then a very mild cutter, then polish. I didn't feel the need to buff the car again.)
- First I washed the car with dawn
- Claybar'd with Z7 as a lubricant
- Washed with dawn again
- 3 coats of Z5 swirl remover with ZFX follwed by Z6 detail polish
- 4 coats of Z2 polish with ZFX followed by Z6
- ZCS clear seal
- Z8 final touch detail spray
- Z12 glass polish

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Old 03-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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Very sharp looking car man! I'm about to take the Zaino plunge also.
How long did it take you?....by hand or buffer?
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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This is a picture of my Daily driver .I haven't polished it since before winter.Yesterday i just washed it and sprayed it with some Z6.The tires and running boards have the Z-16 Perfect tire gloss on them





And remember, don't polish in a swirl motion
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
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that thing still looks like you just did a full detal on it.

polishing= side to side and up and down...Gotcha
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:39 PM   #5
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Very sharp looking car man! I'm about to take the Zaino plunge also.
How long did it take you?....by hand or buffer?
Took me about a week by hand, but I was taking my time. Only did a coat or two per day.

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This is a picture of my Daily driver .I haven't polished it since before winter.Yesterday i just washed it and sprayed it with some Z6.The tires and running boards have the Z-16 Perfect tire gloss on them





And remember, don't polish in a swirl motion
Looks really good. Maybe I should rethink not doing it to my daily driver. It's been hard to retrain myself to not polish in circular motions.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:58 PM   #6
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Nice, I think I'm sold on the stuff!! My black Colorado could use some surface-love after bashing around military training beaches for the last 4 years! I used some other clay-bar thing but this product looks far superior!!! Their site has some great pics as well.
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:14 AM   #7
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Nice, I think I'm sold on the stuff!! My black Colorado could use some surface-love after bashing around military training beaches for the last 4 years! I used some other clay-bar thing but this product looks far superior!!! Their site has some great pics as well.
The clay bar is a must before applying zaino or ANY polish or wax.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:15 PM   #8
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I'm looking forward to getting to try this process. I'm confused though. You mixed up the ZFX with the Z-5/Z-2, but you took a week to do it, right? Did you use up what you had mixed or did you have to throw some out? I'm hoping to have a nice weekend and get it done over a couple of days.

The side-to-side won't be hard for me as I've been using Zymol on my 68 since I got it and it's almost second nature now. When I read circular motions on a product I have to think about it and force the motion. LOL
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:17 PM   #9
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Is that a Callahan's Auto Parts shirt from Sandusky, OH?
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:23 AM   #10
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I'm looking forward to getting to try this process. I'm confused though. You mixed up the ZFX with the Z-5/Z-2, but you took a week to do it, right? Did you use up what you had mixed or did you have to throw some out? I'm hoping to have a nice weekend and get it done over a couple of days.
The ZFX comes with a few 2oz empty bottles. I poured 1oz of Z-2 or Z-5 into a bottle, then 4-5 drops of ZFX. These were on the days I planned on more than one coat. You do have to throw away any polish you don't use, so don't mix up more than you intend to use.

I didn't use any ZFX when I was only doing one coat, and I let the polish dry overnight on those days. Sorry for the confusion.

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Is that a Callahan's Auto Parts shirt from Sandusky, OH?
Yes it is! I was wondering if anyone would notice that. I wish I ran a car duster over that section before I took that pic. Those specs are polish dust from the Z-12 glass polish, not defects in the paint.
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Old 04-02-2009, 03:08 PM   #11
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Love the 02 LE!! It's definately a keeper.. I too am meticulous with my 2000.. Was my DD til 07, then i got bit!! Been modding ever since.. I too use the "Zaino" products, and don't mind spending the extra$$..

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Old 04-02-2009, 03:49 PM   #12
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Love the 02 LE!! It's definately a keeper.. I too am meticulous with my 2000.. Was my DD til 07, then i got bit!! Been modding ever since.. I too use the "Zaino" products, and don't mind spending the extra$$..
Thanks, but it's not an '02 LE, it's just a '98 regular SS. You're not the first to mistake it for a 35th anniversary car though. Your car looks great too. I'm usually not a fan of pewter, but with the black wheels and stripe I like it. Love that hood too!
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Now that i look @ it closer, i see.. Even still, i nicely done 4th Gen..


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Thanks, but it's not an '02 LE, it's just a '98 regular SS. You're not the first to mistake it for a 35th anniversary car though. Your car looks great too. I'm usually not a fan of pewter, but with the black wheels and stripe I like it. Love that hood too!
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:21 PM   #14
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I wish I could see it in person. It looks really good but somehow makes the metal look like plastic pieces to me, more of a glossy look than reflective. Probably just the photos. Been using the Sonus stuff but may give this a try on my daily driver before using it on the new baby.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:48 AM   #15
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I think this weekend it is time to order the ZAINO!!!!!
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I wish I could see it in person. It looks really good but somehow makes the metal look like plastic pieces to me, more of a glossy look than reflective. Probably just the photos. Been using the Sonus stuff but may give this a try on my daily driver before using it on the new baby.
looks like liquid metal to me... very sweet... I love Zaino on silver

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Do you buy your Zaino directly from them, or from another vendor?

If so, where?
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http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/...ory_Code=Zaino
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:44 PM   #21
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Just finished 3 coats on the SS for the upcoming season.

Here's a shot from a while back. (Zaino)


The 'K9 Hauler'

(not the best pic. to show the effect of Zaino)
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Nicely done guys the cars look great! I'm going to have to try this stuff out on my camaro.
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Nicely done guys the cars look great! I'm going to have to try this stuff out on my camaro.
You'll be happy you did!

From the reactions/comments I received from the salesmen pulling the SS into the showroom Friday evening, every $/minute spent on Zaino was well worth it.
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You'll be happy you did!

From the reactions/comments I received from the salesmen pulling the SS into the showroom Friday evening, every $/minute spent on Zaino was well worth it.
Yeah I'm trying it out mostly because you talk about it so much Moose.
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