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Zaino Car Care Experiences



  • jona57jona57 Posts: 194
    I did my 1st application of Z earlier this spring on my garnet (burgundy) Chrysler 300M & it still looks great!!! After all the recent rains here in the Midwest, I am a real believer in Zaino repeling dirt. While there is a bit of road dirt on it, my Chrysler looks MUCH cleaner than my Dodge minivan- which has Mother's Cleaner-wax on it & was last washed at the same time as my 300M.

    I have always come back to using good-quality USA-made pure white 100% cotton towels for drying. I have a waterblade to take off most of the rinse water, then use those soft towels to finish drying. Avoid any towels with designs- whatever made those designs will scratch!!!! I used to use chamois, but found it difficult to keep them clean. Also- dirt can embed itself in the chamois & make scratches. I use chamois for shining chrome, but find 100% cotton terry better for drying my paint.

  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780
    3M polish -
    Sorry to take so long to respond, I have been away for a few days. I think it will be very hard to do by hand, unless you do only a part at a time - say, the hood one day, and a side the next, etc. The problem is that you have to rub and rub and rub and rub, etc. You will get exhausted unless you are in REALLY good shape, and will start to cut corners. If you don't have an orbital power buffer with a foam pad, you might try to rent or borrow one. I washed with Dawn because the car just had some minor body repair, and they waxed the repair area. Then I washed off all the polish residue with Z-7 before the Z-1 and Z-2. Did the second coat of Z-2 Sunday - WOW!!!!!

    Langka process -
    At the Pep Boys store, in the rack with the little bottles of touch-up paint I found a bottle of "Paint Leveler". This seems to be the same thing. You can use it multiple times, and you will need to, as it takes a long time to get the hang of getting it just right.

    Good Luck!
  • 9rfan9rfan Posts: 6
    Sounds like the water blade is the way to go then finishing up with the cotton terrycloth towels...I've got a '02 Black Denali & it sure picks up all the pollen & dust like a magnet, even after about 6 apps of Zaino & a daily touch up with Z-6, whew!!! Looks outstanding but there's a lot of real estate to maintain!!!
  • thewolverinethewolverine Posts: 111
    Thanks for the tips on this - I'll have it get one - could cut down on my Chamois bill!

    Just Z'd the wife's 98 Sienna - looks outstanding. So I went to take pix but it was so shiny I kept getting glare - have to change the camera settings to manual and make some adjustments.

    Anyone have suggestions on photo settings for a digital camera to best capture the Zaino look.
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    We have two cars but we live in NYC and keep our cars in a public parking garage. So there is no way I can wash/clay/apply polish to the cars myself.

    I was wondering if I could order the Zaino products and give them to a detail shop to polish my cars. Do you guys think it they will be able to handle this, or should I not bother?

    Also, can anyone recommend a good shop in NYC, Long Island or NJ?

  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    As automophile has suggested, the best time to take digital pics of a ZAINO shine is at dusk! Leave the camera settings on auto.

  • joe166joe166 Posts: 401
    You can use it several times but it is really hard to store because once you open the bottle it seems to evaporate even when you think you really closed the top tightly. It works, though. The best part is that if you screwed up (as I seem to do 9 out of 10 times) it lets you get back to where you started easily. Practice makes perfect (or at least acceptable). It is not a substitute for wet sanding or whatever the proper final touch is, but it is a lot less skill intensive.
  • 9rfan9rfan Posts: 6
    Has anyone ever tried some of the other Zaino products, such as the Z-9,10 (Leather Treatment/ Cleaner); Z-12 (Glass Polish); Z-14 (Plastic Polish) ; or the Z-16 (Tire Treatment)???

    Any comments? If you've tried any of these items, would you re-purchase again??Are any of these products a "must have" item?

    Thanks for any info!!!
  • mbdrivermbdriver Posts: 426
    49ers, huh? They may be past their glory days.

    Regarding the Z-16 tire gloss, it's great and a "must have" Zaino product. The shine is less glossy than most, but two applications after a wash seem to last forever! For my leather and vinyl interior I've been using Lexol products and continue to be very satisfied. I've heard, though, that the Zaino leather treatment products are excellent and that they smell wonderful.
  • Did you use the recommended 3M foam polishing pad? Did you need only one? How long did it take you to do the whole car with the orbital buffer? Why did you wash with z7 if you had already dawn washed? Sorry to bombard you with questions, but I am a little weary on using this stuff, even though I really want to get out some swirl marks. Thanks for your help!
  • squidd99squidd99 Posts: 288
    I have use the Zaino Leather products on my Lexus convertible for a year now (white leather) and I think both are great. The conditioner is very rich and not as greasy as Lexol. I put in on my leather couch and it made an impmrovement there in the feel of the leather.

    I have also use the glass cleaner, which is very good, but designed to be used infrequently, as it is a light abrasive. You have to wipe it on, let it haze, then take it off. It's more work than windex, but takes off the film that finds its way onto the inside of your windshield (you see all that stuff when you drive into the sun). In between uses, use any good glass cleaner like Invisible Glass. I use the Zaino about twice a year.

    The plastic cleaner is also very good. My car has a small plastic wind buffer between the rear seat headrests, and this was the only thing I found that cleaned it without streaking. After a use, it's practically invisible. Again, I use this about twice a year, because this part does not get fingerprints.

    Both of these products are also very good on other glass and plastic products around the house, like TV screens, etc.
  • pblevinepblevine Posts: 858
    I've also found the Z-9,10 (Leather Treatment/ Cleaner) products to be very good. The cleaner does a great job - even with stains. And yes, the enhance the "leather smell" too.

    The Tire Gloss produces a "semi-gloss" finish and seems to last a long time. I also use it on my rubber hoses and rubber strips/seals.

    The glass polish does a good job inside and out.
    On the inside, its good for removing the residue of plaster part curring. You do have to "rub" it into the glass. Old newsprint is recommended as the application tool. It seems the printer's ink
    is also a slight abrasive. But you'll also need to use windex afterwareds to remove the residue.
  • scottc8scottc8 Posts: 617
    I had the same reservations about the blade possibly scratching the paint. But think about the physics involved: The more contact area between the paint and the drying "tool", the greater the chance of grit being dragged across the paint. The surface contact area of the water blade is a tiny fraction of a chamois. There's also much less pressure and friction.

    I have a problem with water spots. Combination of a dark car, Colorado sun & low humidity, and probably my local water supply. There's just no way I can get my car dry fast enough on a warm, sunny day. Not a big deal; Z6 takes them right off. But, I ran out of Z7 last week and needed something right away so I bought a bottle of Armor All car wash, which is what I was using before becoming a Zainiac. Much, much less water spotting then I got with Z7. My one & only criticism of Zaino products so, please, guys, keep the flamethrowers on "warm". :)
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    LOL... I think you're "safe" in this topic. The flamethrowers are out of gas! ;-))

  • thewolverinethewolverine Posts: 111
    Thanks - I'll title the pix "Sunset over Zaino".
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    Sounds good to me. Can't wait to see them.

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,357
    I use the CA water blade sporadically. I find it works best on horizontal, flat surfaces. If you have a lot of complex curves on your body (I should stipulate your car body), I find the CA water blade to be less effective. I would think it would work well on "slab sided" SUVs or pickups that have a lot of real estate. I DO use it on my windows as it gets the water off quick before any spots can develop from drying. I used a natural chamois for many years. I've since reverted to the "synthetic chamois" (love "The Absorber") as they remove the water quickly, too.

    pblevine--The Alpines were at the top of the heap when it came to "sports cars" in their day. Some of the Sunbeam "Bug Eyes" are worth quite a bit of money today. Parts are getting tough to come by on those, however. The TR3s were a blast as were the TR4s and the Spitfires (to this day, one of the best looking sports cars I've ever come across, IMHO). Moving into the mid '70s, emisions clogged the already torque/horsepower challenged british cars and the safety bumper regulations in the U.S. made the later models look pretty bad. A '74! Your friend must have a lot of time and patience on his hands. If he follows through to completion, he'll have a very nice ride. For $200, it must have been pretty rough, though.

    I got the chance to drive a couple of the "new" Mini Coopers over the standard and one supercharged. Another one of my car-guy friends is the President of the local Mini Cooper sports car club. The only dealer witin 100 miles of us let him show the cars during a Brit car rally locally. These things are the "real deal". Handled very well!!! BMW did a nice job with the details and the build quality (worlds better than the original). Materials in the car equal that of BMW's "regular" cars, which is to say "top-notch".

    Not very official nor scientific, but it seems that each subsequent release of a new model, regardless of brand or where it came from, is making leaps and bounds improvements in reliability and quality. My local newspaper just did a couple of write ups about how well thier PT Cruiser tester was built and how well it held up over the long haul...they paid less than $16K for it to boot. My wife is about at the "end" with her Toyota Avalon (getting ready to hit 100K miles in the next few months). Wish I could talk her into the Mini-Cooper (like that'll ever happen). She's got her eye on the Infiniti G35 (I can live with that). Funny, the Infiniti will cost less than her Avalon did about 5 years ago, and it's a much better car.
    2018 Acura TLX SH AWD ASpec
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    Go to and look for their video section. They have some pics of the G35 COUPE coming out soon. Looks REAL nice! Looks like the Lexus convertible!

    A few coats of Zaino in the right color and you'll really have heads turning. Maybe you'll give your car to your wife and take the new one? ;-))

  • scottc8scottc8 Posts: 617
    Some people have been showing up at the local SCCA Solo2 events with a brand new one. That little car is fabulous on an autocross course.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,357
    fastdriver...the wife is looking at a platinum G35. She's not much of a "coupe" person, although I think the coupe will look better than the sedan. Don't know what Zaino will look like on such a "silvery" color, but I'm sure it will be brilliant. I actually drug her to the Acura dealership a couple of weeks ago to look at the TL-S/CL-S (based mainly on your recommendations). Both drove great and I would have liked either, but it's her decision. She liked the G35 more. In addition, our local Acura dealership wasn't in much of a mood to "deal" and not very pleasurable to work with (they had about 10 of each, TL-S and CL-S on the lot). The Infiniti folks, on the other hand, were very amenable to "dealing" and a joy to talk to. They actually tossed my wife the keys to the one she was looking at and told her to take it with her for the day while "mall" shopping. Probably because they had about 30 G35s on the lot. There was about a $1,500-$2,000 swing (the G35 cost less like for like equipment levels) on the MSRP. Considering that she can probably get $750-$1,000 off MSRP on the G35 and pay sticker on the Acura, the price delta is even greater. I have to admit, the G35 drove "sportier" than the Acuras. Her call...I want her happy.

    scottc8--I was very impressed with the Mini. I suppose that if I was only going to use one to drive around town, I could live with it and be very happy. For about the price of a Corola or a Civic, you can get a real sports car with the Mini. Fact is, I've gotten "soft" in my advancing age and like a lot of "car" around me. It's pretty dramatic going from my current 300M into the Mini. I have to admit, even the 20 minute drive I took in each iteration of the Minis was quite a thrill and took me back to my why I enjoy driving in the first place. I can't imagine trying to fit a weeks worth of groceries or my golf clubs in one of those, however.
    2018 Acura TLX SH AWD ASpec
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