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Old 03-23-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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zaino vs adam's

both seems great, adam's seems less complicated than zainos.... don't know yet. what do you guys use? zaino or adams? or any other products i don't know about?
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:42 PM   #2
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I use Zaino. Never tried adams. I like the Zaino, it's pretty easy to use. I also like that if you email them with questions, you usually get a response from the owner, Sal Zaino. I really like their customer service.
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it's all a matter of choice really, people will swear by what they use. I use Adams and Griots stuff.

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I have not used Zaino, but I love my Adams products. Check out there forum they have daily specials and are having a 15% off sale on everything until the end of March. If you join the forum you will get a few discount codes as well.

I am sure both are great products, but Adams backs their product with a 110% guarantee. If you are not happy with the product return it and they will refund 110% of the money.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:21 PM   #6
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I use both. Camaro gets the Adam's. Wife's Vibe and my truck get the Zaino. I love the Adam's Americana Paste wax on my SIM. I use the Z5 (Zaino) on the wifes Vibe or I would never put the PC down!
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It all come's down to personal preference.

I've been a lifelong user of Zaino, and I've never tried Adam's, but I'm sure their products are very good as well.

For my money, nothing beats Zaino for shine and durability. But again, thats just my opinion..
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had to go with the zainos... zaino was way cheaper. adam's kill you on shipping. 20 dollars?!?! wtf... i did order the adam's wash bucket n the grit guard.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:46 PM   #9
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Adam's products rock. If it's good enough for the junkman it's good enough for me.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:26 PM   #10
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never used Adams, but went with Zainos, yes a whole lot of prep, but the results were outstanding! put 5 coats on a black car and it looks like a black mirror. i started to really see every angle this car has after 3rd coat and it got better form there. very pleased with Zaino's
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:46 PM   #11
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i have used Zaino and switched to Rejex. I felt it was close and a LOT less money and time then Zaino (see my thread on my Rejex use and pics). That said, I like trying new things and I just placed a large order for Adam's products.

I have been impressed with the comments and videos I have seen on the Adam's stuff and how user friendly they are. For me that was a key decision as I am trying to teach my 6 and 9 year old how to care for a car, yes I go a little nuts with the things they do at times, but seeing the enjoyment they get from helping me and seeing the results of their work is rewarding for me and them.

I hope the Adams product make it a little easier, like the fact that you dont have to worry about the car wash drying on the car (no I dont intend to let it dry on the car but sometimes when my kids are involved things don't always happen as fast and now I don't have to freak out if it does)

I think the big difference is what others have said in other threads, Zaino has a product that gives a great shine by hiding the imperfections but has to be applied with some "precision". Adam's has products that correct the paint finish and are more geared towards being less "precise" in terms of application.
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Zaino has a paint correction too - Z-PC applied as 1st coat and to help as a bonding agent. Zaino does contain some fillers i think but not a big deal to me after seeing the results.
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had to go with the zainos... zaino was way cheaper. adam's kill you on shipping. 20 dollars?!?! wtf... i did order the adam's wash bucket n the grit guard.
In regards to shipping Adams switched from UPS to Fed Ex to lower the cost and provide better service. I have put in some large orders and have never paid more than $15 for shipping. Plus with there specials a lot of times shipping is free. This month they have a spring sale %15 off all items.
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Apples and Oranges guys really.

Zaino is a great product... can't say a bad thing about it, but you have to understand their product is an entirely different approach to car care than our line. Where their approach is more about filling and masking defects we are about removal and prevention. Nothing right or wrong about either way, just depends on what kind of approach suits you best. In the end do what works best for you and what gets you the results you want... I've just always seen better results when the defects are removed not hidden.
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I use both, and really enjoy the outcome of both.
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i can't decide between the 2!

i'm new to the car detailing topic, i'm only 23 and the camaro is the 1st car of mine that needs proper care to the paint. my only other car is an old beat up truck with peeling paint that i only use to get to work on rainy days and hauling my jet ski.

i've NEVER used a machine buffer, mainly because i'm hesitant to use it around the vinyl stripes. if you Adams or Zaino guys have any insight to work around those with a buffer, please

that being said I will wait to get the PC until i am skilled enough at applying this stuff by hand.

those Adam's hex grip pads look awesome! will they work well with another product brand?

awhile back i bought a bunch of Meguiar's product since it was easy to purchase in the store, but once my current bottles are out (1 or 2 more details) i want to switch to either Zaino or Adams.

the Zaino system seems kinda confusing to me... they don't use a wax, and you have to put multiple coats of each product. the Adams products, well, look like the typical system of clay, swirl remover, polish, then wax; which i am used to already.

i have minor swirls on the rear of the car, bought Meguiar's SwirlX and applied it by hand; didn't work. i have not clayed the car yet... do you guys think by claying it, removing the swirls with my current product by hand will be more effective?
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i have minor swirls on the rear of the car, bought Meguiar's SwirlX and applied it by hand; didn't work. i have not clayed the car yet... do you guys think by claying it, removing the swirls with my current product by hand will be more effective?
With this statement I would go with Adam's, granted you can try to get the swirls out with the Fusion PC from Zaino, but I think the Adam's stuff would be easier in the long run for you based on your comments. As you have more pro's for Adam's than you do with Zaino.

Also for the stripes if you are hesitant you can always mask them with painters tape or the green 3m tape. Nothing like getting the look of your neighbors when you tape your car off.
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i can't decide between the 2!

i'm new to the car detailing topic, i'm only 23 and the camaro is the 1st car of mine that needs proper care to the paint. my only other car is an old beat up truck with peeling paint that i only use to get to work on rainy days and hauling my jet ski.

i've NEVER used a machine buffer, mainly because i'm hesitant to use it around the vinyl stripes. if you Adams or Zaino guys have any insight to work around those with a buffer, please

that being said I will wait to get the PC until i am skilled enough at applying this stuff by hand.

those Adam's hex grip pads look awesome! will they work well with another product brand?

awhile back i bought a bunch of Meguiar's product since it was easy to purchase in the store, but once my current bottles are out (1 or 2 more details) i want to switch to either Zaino or Adams.

the Zaino system seems kinda confusing to me... they don't use a wax, and you have to put multiple coats of each product. the Adams products, well, look like the typical system of clay, swirl remover, polish, then wax; which i am used to already.

i have minor swirls on the rear of the car, bought Meguiar's SwirlX and applied it by hand; didn't work. i have not clayed the car yet... do you guys think by claying it, removing the swirls with my current product by hand will be more effective?
You are making this harder than it is. Zaino products are not confusing, but the way they describe using them can be a little . You do want to put a couple coats of Z-2 on it, after you clay it. Then if you want to go a little farther, go with some Clean Polisher or Gloss Enhancer. Adams has the same stuff, different names. If you want to keep going farther into it...you can apply some Finale Spray.

But the most important thing you want to do is clay it and polish it. All nicely done by hand and you will feel great. Going beyond that with additional product isn't a must, but the results are just more enhancing and can been seen when you stand back from the car. If this is your first car.. sure, get the products, be proud of your ride and spend some time babying it. You will enjoy the looks and compliments from your hard work.
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Sounds like you have a perfect practice vehicle you drive every day. If you can make that truck "pop", you'll have more confidence with the Camaro. My .02
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i can't decide between the 2!

i'm new to the car detailing topic, i'm only 23 and the camaro is the 1st car of mine that needs proper care to the paint. my only other car is an old beat up truck with peeling paint that i only use to get to work on rainy days and hauling my jet ski.

i've NEVER used a machine buffer, mainly because i'm hesitant to use it around the vinyl stripes. if you Adams or Zaino guys have any insight to work around those with a buffer, please

that being said I will wait to get the PC until i am skilled enough at applying this stuff by hand.

those Adam's hex grip pads look awesome! will they work well with another product brand?

awhile back i bought a bunch of Meguiar's product since it was easy to purchase in the store, but once my current bottles are out (1 or 2 more details) i want to switch to either Zaino or Adams.

the Zaino system seems kinda confusing to me... they don't use a wax, and you have to put multiple coats of each product. the Adams products, well, look like the typical system of clay, swirl remover, polish, then wax; which i am used to already.

i have minor swirls on the rear of the car, bought Meguiar's SwirlX and applied it by hand; didn't work. i have not clayed the car yet... do you guys think by claying it, removing the swirls with my current product by hand will be more effective?
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You are making this harder than it is. Zaino products are not confusing, but the way they describe using them can be a little . You do want to put a couple coats of Z-2 on it, after you clay it. Then if you want to go a little farther, go with some Clean Polisher or Gloss Enhancer. Adams has the same stuff, different names. If you want to keep going farther into it...you can apply some Finale Spray.

But the most important thing you want to do is clay it and polish it. All nicely done by hand and you will feel great. Going beyond that with additional product isn't a must, but the results are just more enhancing and can been seen when you stand back from the car. If this is your first car.. sure, get the products, be proud of your ride and spend some time babying it. You will enjoy the looks and compliments from your hard work.
If you decide on Zaino, let me know, and I'll be happy to walk you through the process.

It honestly is very easy to use.
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They are both very good products, IMO. Both fairly easy to use. I have never used either before the Camaro. I bought ALL the Zaino products and really like the result. After reading about the Zaino scratch/swirl product, I found that it was a filler and would get most swirls out, over time. Not that it's bad, but Adams doesn't fill. It's Swirl & haze remover, again, IMO, do a much better job. Now, I'm using them both...just got Adam's black wax and will try that next. I've been using my Porter Cable on all the Adam's stuff. Even tried it with Zaino - I like that too!

I don't think you can go wrong with either!
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