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Zaino Car Care Experiences



  • bh0001bh0001 Posts: 340
    That's not off topic at all! I absolutely LOVE the smell of Z6. I think it's part of Sal's master plan to draw us all in ;-)
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    A good smelling Zaino product is not a fluke. Sal takes product fragrances very seriously. He knows his customers are always interested in what new fragrance he adds to his products.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,219
    I agree with the addictive sentiment. I'll wash my Abyss Blue '05 TL and then Z6 for the quick shine. And think I'm done. But, every time I think, well I've Z6, I might as well do a Z2. And I always seem to mix a bit too much, so another Z2. Like yesterday, for example! Since May I've applied two Z5 and four Z2! Probably would be more, but New England has been doing its Seattle impersonation since spring began. Somebody stop me!

    Lookin' good. :shades:

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Waxed with Z5 this weekend and it was great. Is it just me or is this the easiest product to remove. One wipe and it's gone!!!! Love it!!
  • factfinderfactfinder Posts: 103
    Z2 is a breeze to remove, but Z5 seems harder to remove. Do I have a bad mix or something?
  • factfinderfactfinder Posts: 103
    I'm in a similar situation with a dark colored car. I have black so Z5 is crucial to hiding the swirls. It's amazing. I Z5ed the rear quarter panel with 5 coats and then pulled the car out into the sun. The swirls were all but gone and I could compared the results to an un-Zed section. The proof was so obvious. This is the kind of stuff that I have been looking for.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,219
    Now, throw on some Z6 followed by Z2 and you'll fall even deeper in love...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • dboedboe Posts: 69
    You have to love this forum. On the 'other' one they just discuss brand A vs. B vs. C vs. X, etc. etc. folks just discuss how nice their zainoed vehicles look and how to keep them that way. :)
  • factfinderfactfinder Posts: 103
    Just finished my 10th coat of a Z5 & Z2 combination. It's electrifying!
  • londinelondine Posts: 32
    Getting a new-ish car tomorrow. Want to Zaino, from Dawn to Z2. Is it okay to do so in hot weather -- mid to high 90's?? Or should I wait for a break in the weather?

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,219
    Check out Zaino's website for info. I know Sal recommends consistent temps above 60f and I think a cool surface is desireable when washing/zaino. I'm not sure about hot temps, though. Sorry...

    Great stuff. My Abyss Blue TL is just mirror/glass like!

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • I see that there is a new finishing spritz - Z8. Anyone try it? How does it compare to Z6 in use and finish?

    It's hard to imagine our cars could look any better!
  • factfinderfactfinder Posts: 103
    Very nice! How do you post pics??? THNXS!
  • You must first have a site that can "host" your pictures for access, and then you use the "img" button to insert the URL of your pictures.
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    Yes, I have used the Z8. I would say it's not a replacement for Z6 as much as it is complimentary. I detailed my GTO before taking it to the GTOAA Nationals back in July - put about 10 coats of Zaino (6 Z-5 Pro and 4 Z-2 Pro) on it. Switched to using the Z8 in between/after coats when I went to the Z-2 Pro. I must have done alright with it, because my car won the popular vote for stock 2004 GTO's:


    I wouldn't use it after every wash, just for those special events like car shows, et. al.

    Hope this helps,

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,219

    Wow. Beautiful...


    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • I think Zaino products are great. I only wish Zaino would be like all other major companies and accept Visa and Master Charge for purchases. The turnaround time would definitely be an advantage for Zaino as well as the customer!
  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,294
    It's just as easy and quick to use PayPal and have it charged to your credit card of choice.
  • Just discovered this forum and the Zaino website. I am an admitted car cleaning addict and could probably use the help of a 12 step program. I "wax" my cars frequently and recently have been using a new Turtle Wax product called Ice. I have literally tried every over the counter car wax/polish product on the market and am always looking for the latest and greatest that will give me that ultimate shine. I have read alot of the posts on here and am having difficulty determing exactly what to expect and what products I actually need. I currently have a black 06 Avalon and a recently purchased silver 03 Pathfinder that I would guess has never been waxed. I dont honestly care that much about protection, I trade cars so often. I am looking for that shine that will just knock your socks off. Are there any comparisons between the Zaino shine and the Ice or similar products? If I decide to go ahead, what exactly do I need to order? I find the list available mildly confusing. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice
  • While it's not completely clear to me (I sometimes need a very detailed picture drawn) what your hesitancy is based on, I'll offer that you are hearing the concerns about the condition of the paint that some very particular car enthusiasts are trying to remedy rather than the results of using Zaino. I can only recall one poster who outright did not like Zaino; others have only had problems of using too much. (A nickel to quarter size drop per panel, for most.) I believe I recall that Sal Zaino told me that one can put waxes on top of Zaino if you want to revert. Much of the discussion is tweaking of technique of use of the products. It is my sense that this product developed for entusiast is fine for the casual car owner, too.
  • Anybody used the malms products? compared them to the Zaino products?
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    Hello Robert (nice name!),

    I've been using Zaino now for five years (purchased it/used it for the first time Labor Day weekend of 2001). Have used it on my black '98 Aurora, my wife's former white '01 Grand Prix GTP, her current white '04 Envoy, and my summer-car, a 2004 Pontiac GTO (seen in all its glory in post #6102 of this discussion). I've seen a lot of car-care products, and used quite a few, but my loyalty to Zaino products has only grown stronger over the past five years. Just yesterday I used the Z-PC Fusion swirl mark reducer (in combination with a Porter Cable PC7424 orbital polisher, plus 3M rubbing compound and swirl mark remover), on the 9 year old black finish of the '98 Aurora. The results were unbelievable - the car's glass-like finish have it looking "better-than-new".

    Not to sound like a Zaino commercial (I am in no way affiliated with the company, I've just talked to/emailed Sal a half dozen times). First thing, you don't have to buy just from their website. Zaino is sold through local resellers. My only complaint is that these resellers aren't listed - you need to call Zaino and find out if there is anyone in town. I buy my stuff from a business that sells mail-order Corvette accessories, and they're literally 10-15 minutes away from where I work.

    As to what products you need, at a minimum I would suggest the following:

    Z-7 car wash
    Z-6 quick detailer spray
    Z-2 Pro polish/sealant
    ZFX flash cure accelerator

    The ZFX is mixed with the Z-2 to be put on your paint.

    Some other products you may consider right away:
    Z-5 Pro (another polish, but this has some swirl mark reducing/hiding properties - buy this if you have any visible swirls in the paint)
    Z-18 clay bar - if you've never clayed your paint before, strongly suggest this.
    Z-9 leather cleaner
    Z-10 leather conditioner
    Z-16 tire gloss

    As for application instructions, the guy who runs has rewritten them to be a lot more clear (IMHO). Read that site, review the information, and feel free to post back if you have any questions.

    Hope this helps,

  • Thanks for the info. I found a bottle of dawn above the washing machine this afternoon. I think its a sign. I am going to call and see if anybody in Kansas City has the stuff. Another question. I have a faded spot from a bird dropping (large) on the hood of my black avalon. Happened a couple of weeks ago when my car was parked at the airport in 100 degree weather for about 4 days. Will claying remove this dull spot? thanks
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    Re: the bird doo spot, clay won't do much. Clay is used to remove embedded surface contaminents. The spot you see is probably damage to your clearcoat and could be permanent. Bird doo is very acidic and can burn spots in auto paint if not removed immediately.

    If you have a magnifying glass or loupe, have a close look at the damage and see if you can tell if the clearcoat is affected. If you want to try and polish it out, get a tube of Meguiars ScratchX or Mothers Scratch Remover (available at Pep Boys and other parts stores) and work the damaged section. Hopefully it'll come out with a little elbow grease.
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    Your clearcoat probably got etched by the bird excrement. You will need to use something to try to remove/reduce its visibility. I have 3M products on hand, so I would probably use some Perfect-It II Rubbing Compound on an applicator, and work the area by hand, then use the Swirl Mark Remover for dark-colored cars to polish and "fill" the area. I've had good luck topping spots like that with Zaino's Z-PC Fusion (after the rubbing compound and swirl mark remover)... this usually makes swirls/scratches/chips/etched areas like this fairly invisible unless you are looking for them...
  • Yes, it is important to get bird droppings off as fast as possible, but be sure NOT to rub them off! Bird droppings contain bits of grit, and you can scratch your paint big time. You have to flood them with water until they are soft and can come right off.

    Right after my first experience using Zaino some years ago, a huge bird "christened" my new Zaino polish job. When I saw it, I touched it with a fingernail to see if it was hard, and the ENTIRE BLOB detached and slid off the car in one piece! Blew me away. Nothin' sticks to Zaino!
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,869
    I personally keep a 100% cotton toweling and a slightly strong dilute car wash in a spray bottle (in the trunk or wherever) for what seems to be a very common occurence. Spray it on ASAP.
  • Thanks everybody for your thoughts. Placed my first Zaino order today and hopefully will begin the process this weekend. Had to have it shipped to my office. Easier than trying to explain to my wife why the 15 bottles/cans of wax I have in the garage don't work. Now, if I can intercept the Visa bill everything will be o.k. People have a hard time understanding this little obsession, don't they? Will let you know how it goes.
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    2001 Corvette done at a get-together of detailing enthusiasts over the weekend. Almost all paint polishing done with a rotary. Finished off with 3 coats of Z5Pro and Z8. Z16 on the tires. Polishing alone took almost 5 hours.

  • Here's one for ya:

    I washed the car with Z7 yesterday and touched up a few spots with Z6.
    Now, today, I got the itch to do a Z5 and then maybe a Z2.
    Should I:

    * Wash the car again with Z7 and dry with 100% USA made cotton towels and then Z6 select area (ie: those with possible H2O spots) and THEN Z5/Z2?

    *California duster the car to remove all dirt (don't want to scratch the paint) THEN Z5/Z2 (with ZFX) and then finish with Z6?


    BTW .. it's an 06 IS 250 MT 6 speed/Sports pak
    Matador Mica Red with Black interior
    (so far have done, I think, 6 coats of Zaino .. Z5/Z2 always finishing with Z2 & Z6 as the final application)
    have gotten MANY a compliment on the way the color "POPS" :shades:

    Why just yeaterday stopped at the ACURA dealer and was accosted by at least 3 people asking about the 2nd gen IS (ACURA sales folks probably HATED me :P )

    Thankx for the input
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