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I have a 3 week old tC, and am looking to do a nice detialing job. the concensus seems to be that Zaino is the way to go, but their site is a bit overwhelming (I'm a total novice when it comes to detailing - have always taken my cars to the local hand wash, but want to take care of the tC myself). Anyone have a Clif's Notes version of what products to get, and tips for application? Like I said, the car is 3 weeks old, has been washed once at the hand wash, and received one waxing (also from the hand wash - carnuba wax, brand unkonwn). I have no blemishes, swirls, etc., that I need to correct. Just looking to give it a good treatment that I can maintain, but bare in mind this will be my first time really detailing a car.

Also, if anyone thinks Zaino is NOT the way to go, would love to hear those arguments too.

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ZFX, Z2 Pro and Z6 is what you need. (and some good 100% cotton towels). The Z7 car wash is good, but you could use other car wash soap. A claybar might be useful if you're really obsessed with the shine. Once you get some scratches, the Z5 works well.
 

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Definitely get the ZFX, Z2, Z6 spray, and the Z7 Car wash. That's a complete system that'll keep you in business for at least 6 mo. unless you are really crazy about the shine.

I would disagree with CaptJack about the Z7 car wash. I think it essential. It is formulated to wash off the dirt and not to wash off the Zaino. This is important, because as long as you have the Zaino coating, you can just buff it up with some Z6 and get it right back to brilliant shine.

Other car washes may screw up your coating.

I went ahead and got the complete kit (the $80 one) with the claybar and the Z5 swirl remover as well. I didn't have to use the Z5 (the car was one week old and flawless) but it may be nice to have for the future.

When I did mine, the biggest drag in the process was the two washes, (the first is done w/ blue Dawn liquid to completely strip the dealer's wax off before the Zaino, the second is done with the Z7 carwash after the claybar) and of course the claybar.
After that, the process was really quick with the ZFX.

I got 3 coats done easily with one two oz. bottle mixed with 8 drops of ZFX (4 drops per oz of Z2) using the Z6 spray between coats.

A day-and-a-half later, I added 3 more coats, partly out of enthusiasm over the product, partly to work out the soreness and kinks in my shoulders and arms from the previous detailing session. I was so sore!

The car with 6 coats of Zaino is insanely reflective. It's the kind of gloss you usually see in Grand Tourismo, or some other videogame, where you say "real cars aren't that shiny." Mine is a Super White as well, I can't imagine what this would look like in a darker color.
 

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^ So when are you coming over to do my car?
 

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Thanks for the info. After cross referencing the Zaino site I have purchased and received the suggested products, and am just awaiting a free weekend day to dial the car in. It's Black Cherry Pearl so, like the color or not, I think it will be tremendously responsive to this treatment.
 

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Originally posted by buggravy@Sep 6 2005, 01:53 PM
Thanks for the info. After cross referencing the Zaino site I have purchased and received the suggested products, and am just awaiting a free weekend day to dial the car in. It's Black Cherry Pearl so, like the color or not, I think it will be tremendously responsive to this treatment.
All that Zaino gloss should look really hot on that BCP.

A few more words of advice for best results that I forgot to include, but may be helpful to first-timers. Here, you'll even find my super-secret (well, not any more) Z6 hint:


RE: Z2/ZFX

Use a light touch when applying the Z2 mixed with the ZFX. If you feel like it needs more buffing/cleaning, you should have done that earlier with the carwash/claybar/z5/whatever, not now. All you should be concerned with is getting a thin coating of the zaino on the surface, so it shouldn't take much "elbow grease" at all. If you use the z6 spray between coats, it will be very slick and require even less effort. It seems crazy, but if you do it this way, you will be able to get 3 coats (the max recommended in a 24 hr time period) on your tC with just one 2oz. mixing bottle's worth. with plenty left over to do the wheels, if you wish. If you can't get three coats on a tC w/some left over, you are trying to apply it too thick.

Don't be afraid to use it on the black metal and even the exterior plastic pieces. It works great on them and protects them really well. The only thing you should try to avoid is getting it on your headlight/taillight lenses, ect.

Wipe the Z2/ZFX mixture on using straight strokes, going with the lines of the car in most cases, except on vertical surfaces (like the main door panels.) On those vertical surfaces, wipe up-and-down, not side-to-side.

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RE: Z6

The Z6 is great, but if you use it wrong, it shows. The key to using Z6 correctly is to NEVER let it sit and dry on the car. If you do that, you'll have to spray more Z6 on to remove the streaks it will leave behind.

How do you make sure it doesn't dry on the car?

1) Never spray Z6 on a hot car. It just dries too fast this way, and you can't get any quality buffing time out of it before it dries.

2) A little bit of Z6 goes a long way. Using the finest mist setting possible on the spray bottle, you can do an entire panel with one "squirt" easy. I have actually found it sometimes covers too much area in one squirt, and you find yourself scrambling to get a good buff-out before it dries. To cure this, I went to a beauty supply place my G/F goes to, and purchased a smaller mister/atomiser bottle that works much better than the Zaino bottle, IMO. No more scrambling around to get it all buffed out! You may want to try this hint yourself.

3) Use a larger, thick, soft cotton towel that you can flip, fold, turn, ect. to always get to a dry spot. You'll find that when you first spray it on and immediately start to put a towel to it, you'll just be kind of moving it around on the surface of the car. That's actually good, that's how you get it to cover a wide area. When you flip your towel over, you'll see it come off, leaving only the shine. Keep flipping/folding/buffing.

4) Make sure you use the Z6 spray on the tail end of your tC. As the owner of a white one, trust me, that's like a static electricity generator back there, and all fine dust, esp. brake dust, ect. loves to stick there first. Z6 is anti-static, and helps a lot. That's why z6 is so great to use on the wheels as well.

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Well that's it for now. I'll post more hints if I can think of any. Hope you enjoy your Zaino as much as I do.

I'm really interested in trying out the rest of the product line, esp. the new Z8 Grand Finale spray and the two leather treatments. I'll post a review of them if I ever get the $$$/time together.
 

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Ok so I got some 100% cotton towels.. But they are made in India, I read on the Zaino site that they have to be Made in the Usa.. I was just curious I got these at Jc Penny's and they were around 20$ each.. lmao.. If you guys know about this lemme know.. I just don't wanna spend 60$ on more towels...

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I think the issue on the towels made in the USA vs. India, Pakistan etc. is the fact that most of the towels that come out of those countries are not 100% cotton...even though labeled as such. Many contain small amounts of other materials...including wood fiber...metal shavings...small amounts of synthetic fibers...most anything.I am afraid that this applies to labeling of clothing from most of those countries as well. What is says is not what you get...very often. There is really no one watching what the claims are and what goes into many products made in what are basically 3rd world countries. Sometimes...BIG BROTHER is a good thing. I once had a friend show me a highly magnified view of fibers used in a "100%" cotton shirt out of India. Based on her lab experience it showed polyester fiber content of 20%. As you know...many of those things are not good for paint care. Of course, Microfiber is a variation of polyester with polyamid with much smaller fibers.
 

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Go to Wal-Mart. 100% cotton, Made in the USA. I can't remember how much they cost, but I'm thinking way less than $20.
 

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It's also best not to have stitching on the towels that will scrape the paint also.
Just take the time to read ALL the instructions you received with the Zaino products and on the web site. You will probably only have to do it once and it will save you money and time and insure the best results.
I also highly recommend the Z7 wash. It just smells so good and cleans so softly. You won't believe how reflective my Flint Mica is, and it's been six months since I polished it.
 
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