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has anyone ever used zaino on there car. i have seen pics of the cars and they look rediculously good. the complete kit is all sorts of expensive and i could see it taking about 8 hours to completely do your car, but from what i have seen it is car show quality results

http://www.zainostore.com

that is there site. i am curious if anyone here has tried it..i have not, i cant see spending over 100 for car detailing stuff and spending that much time detailing my car...especially since i dont have a garage to keep it out of the elements
 

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I used it on a prior car and the results were simply amazing. You can get every single detailing item from them for every aspect. The only downside is the cost and the small hassle of getting ahold of the stuff. I am planning on using zaino when I go to wax my new GTi for the first time. I stand behind the product 100% and definitely recommend it to anyone that really wants to see their car shine.
 

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I haven't used that particular product. But have always had good luck with 3M products. Let me know how it works out I'm open to trying something new.
 

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I just received a kit from them so when I get the time to use I'll let you folks know how it works, or better yet...I'll post some pictures.

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Here is a picture I like of a guy's Z (Dr. Zaino) that swears by the stuff.



Here are some instructions if anyone decides to use it.

Wash with Dawn (never use again unless you want to remove all wax)
Dry
Claybar w/Z-18 claybar use Z7 car wash as lubricant (optional but recommedned)

Mix Z-2 and ZFX in one of the empty bottles they send
Let dry
Remove
Spray on Z-6 and immediately wipe off

You're done!

Now whenever you want to add another coat.

Wash
Dry
Z2-ZFX mix
let dry
remove
Z-6

Just keep in mind that anytime you use the claybar you are also removing whatever polish you have in that section
 

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I drive a lot of highway miles and am looking for protection over showroom shine. How does the Zaino stand up like a good old-fashioned coat of turtle wax? It looks friggin' awesome.
 

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let me start by saying i use zaino religiously.


to put it simply, i drive 100 miles round trip every day to work and i just put another coat of zaino on my car for the first time on tuesday since November. the thing with zaino is to get your car looking really good you have to spend a good 8 hour day doing the prep and first coats once a year to get all the crap out of your paint and throwing a good 7 coats on to get that super deep, wet-looking shine, but it is worth it.

zaino is a polymer so it is not your typical carnuba wax...the more coats you use, the better it looks as it is optically clear. turtle wax and other natural waxes build up and will give your car a slightly yellow tint if you put a ton of coats on.

the zaino products are the best products i have ever used hands down. i heard about them from my friend who designs and installs transparent bras for a company that does all the lambos, porsches, ferraris, bentleys, aston martins, MBs, etc here in seattle and have been using it since he recomended it to me.

spend the money. you won't be disappointed.

you just have to be willing to put the time in when you first clay your car and put the first coats on.
 

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Okay, for a guy who sometimes fails to read all the directions first, is this something I can permanently screw up my paint job with? Also, which kit should I get? I'd imagine the car must be clean and nearly lint free before I begin? Goddamn I hate those microscratches (my friends all think I'm hallucinating).
 

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no, you won't kill yourt paint, but read the directions. it will make a difference.

as for their suggestion to buff with a cotton cloth, don't. use microfiber. cotton can put microscratches in the finish.

when putting on each coat, use the detailing mist between each coat to get dust, etc off. i am extremely anal when it comes to waxing and detailing my car, but this stff is the best product line i have ever used, hands down.
 

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My vote goes to Zaino. My current car (silver) has 100k+ miles and it has only had Zaino products. I typically use Z2 and Z6. I also wash with a good quality car wash, recently trying out the Zaino wash as well. (never ever use dish soap, it will strip most waxes etc. See the Zaino prep tips). I am sure I will stick with Zaino. The car looks remarkable for 100k+. I'm not super anal about waxing, so I use the Z6 between the Z2. I Z2 the car maybe 3x through the spring-fall seasons, maybe 4x. Using Zainos entire detailing program may take a while to finish, but I'm sure the results will be staggering. I think the test of time using the product has convinced me. The results after all these miles and using ONLY Zaino products has made me a believer. I don't mess around trying this, then something else. The car as it is now is proof enough for me. Ordering on line is no big deal. It ships pretty fast. I do a great deal of on line shopping already, and I've never experienced any issues from Zaino. That's my $.02.
 

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On your experiences with Zaino, What was the average time frame on your initial application of the Zaino product, and do you stress the Dawn wash or are there alternatives to that, can the Z-7 do the same thing?
 

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On your experiences with Zaino, What was the average time frame on your initial application of the Zaino product, and do you stress the Dawn wash or are there alternatives to that, can the Z-7 do the same thing?
I would allow 4 to 6 hours. You won't be working every minute since you would need to let applications dry. Humidity will play a huge part in that time too, but I'm sure you already know that. The Dawn wash to help strip any old crap off is easy. Not sure of any alternative, though I'll bet there are loads of methods/ideas. Buy a bottle of Dawn, use the rest for dishes. Multiple applications will only improve the appearance over time. I think too many folks expect to see a miracle with one application, and when they don't they move on to something else, not giving any single system the slightest chance. My first application was Zaino, and now 109k miles later and many coats of Zaino, I'm sold. If your finish is in sad shape, perhaps you should think about the clay bar method to start things off. I have heard some guys use the Z6 with a clay bar. I've never tried that. Check out the Zaino web site and their instructions & tips. Good luck.
 

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Well I did the 5star shine thing, it looks great, however it does not to seem to be staying smooth over time.

I ordered a Zaino kit and their new ZCs and will give it a try.
 

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Zaino gets two thumbs up from me... the directions are a little complex, but the results are outstanding.

I did the wash with Dawn|Clay bar|Wash with Zaino wash|Z2|Z6|ZCS|Z5|Z6 layers and it looks sharp!

I think the ultimate bling for a GTI is the shiny wet paint look. >:D
 

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+1 for Zaino. I used it on my Honda S2000 for several years, and the paint looked as good as new when I sold the car recently.

Does anyone know if it is safe to use on a clear 3M bra?
 

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Does anyone know if it is safe to use on a clear 3M bra?
It says it's OK for use on plastic, so I have been using it on 3m on my hood, fenders and lights. So far, so good. I was starting to get swirls on the clear bra on the hood: The Z5 and ZCS seemed to have cleared that up. ;D
 
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