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Used this product from advice on this board. I love it! Had 4 coats put on.
Almost forgot the piece that shows when top is down, it's 35 here.
THe best surprize was no fingerprint or marrs on the painted chevy bar across the front of the ssr and the piece across the front of the dash and door panels.
it even worked great on the chrome wheels. I hated the painted brush chrome pieces because you could not touch them without leaving a mark of some kind on the surface. but this is cured now. looks fantastic. :thumbs

ps: better than rainx on the windshield also.
 

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Bob: I just bought some of the Liquid Glass to try it, amnd also the "precleaner" to give it a good, clean base.

Your testimonial makes me want to get it on the SSR asap!

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i take it it is called liquid glass. did you get it at the parts store? I hate the finger prints on the grill
 
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I did this on the new one (05) before any thing else could happen. I am really interested to see if it does stop rock chipping on front. If it does then the people having the rock chip problem on the front of the back fender wuold fall in love with the product. :thumbs
I have the clear tint on the 03 all over the front, hood about 2' back, back of mirrors, on edge of doors all along the top red paint so my arms body acid won't damage the paint, and on the running boards from black rubber to almost bottom edge. I also done that to the 05 on doors and colored running boards when had th windows tinted. I had my dealer install the mole skin on door panels as part of the deal. which I would do if I wereto buy a new one now as eager as they want to sell one. door panels on 03 were recently replaced because of bubbels in the soft part. the metel top part stays to put on the new panels so I had them put the mole skin on it at that time. I think I have one of the best dealers in the USA.I buy from them mainly because of the service dept. they take good care of me and my vehicles. :thumbs

yes, liquid glass. I got it at Auto Zone.
 

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BobA said:
Used this product from advice on this board. I love it! Had 4 coats put on.
Almost forgot the piece that shows when top is down, it's 35 here.
THe best surprize was no fingerprint or marrs on the painted chevy bar across the front of the ssr and the piece across the front of the dash and door panels.
it even worked great on the chrome wheels. I hated the painted brush chrome pieces because you could not touch them without leaving a mark of some kind on the surface. but this is cured now. looks fantastic. :thumbs

ps: better than rainx on the windshield also.
Bob...how difficult is this liquid glass to apply? Do you need to buff it after it is on?
 
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It's very easy to apply and rub off no buffing except before using to get out any imperfections. make sure to get all water spots off grill bar before applying. easyer than wax just 4 coats and 5 hours between coats but worth it.
DO NOT use to much. do not forget to put roof down to get that 2nd panel like we almost did. used about 1/4 of the pint can on the SSR.
 

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BobA said:
I did this on the new one (05) before any thing else could happen. I am really interested to see if it does stop rock chipping on front. If it does then the people having the rock chip problem on the front of the back fender wuold fall in love with the product. :thumbs
I have the clear tint on the 03 all over the front, hood about 2' back, back of mirrors, on edge of doors all along the top red paint so my arms body acid won't damage the paint, and on the running boards from black rubber to almost bottom edge. I also done that to the 05 on doors and colored running boards when had th windows tinted. I had my dealer install the mole skin on door panels as part of the deal. which I would do if I wereto buy a new one now as eager as they want to sell one. door panels on 03 were recently replaced because of bubbels in the soft part. the metel top part stays to put on the new panels so I had them put the mole skin on it at that time. I think I have one of the best dealers in the USA.I buy from them mainly because of the service dept. they take good care of me and my vehicles. :thumbs

yes, liquid glass. I got it at Auto Zone.
Since I am hoping to get an 05 I was wondering what "mole skin" is. I have never heard of it.
 

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BOBA,

Glad you like the product (Liquid Glass) :) . I've used this product for going on 25 years now and love it. It's so easy to apply and wipe off, and can be used on all surfaces except the textured rubber (leaves them a little blue). Every show car turned out of my shop gets this applied, and the owners like it so much they end up getting some for themselves.

P.S. They also make a leather cleaner and conditoner thats terrific. It's called Conisuiors Choice. I haven't been able to find this in the auto parts stores though. The gentleman in the area that used to sell it, got his from the factory. He is now retired from the selling business. May have to contact the factory to see if I can purchase it a case at a time.
 
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the rubber strips that the inside of the window slides against gets any kind of grit on it will scratch the tint badly and it will happen. mole skin with adhesive back is a fine felt thin. just put a 1/2" strip on both rubber fingers lenth of them. you can tell where the window touchs the hard rubber by looking at it. door panels not hard to take off. so far no scratches. one person said on here that even his glass was getting scratches in it. any auto interior trim shop should have.why they did not do this in the first place i will never know. about 50 cents worth of material. Even less when buying in the quanity they would get it in.


PS: FUZZY, yes I wish I knew about it years ago. worth the price get to keep th headlight bar from marring from a fly landing on it now I can touch it all i want and no prints left behind!! :thumbs

pps: thanks for the tip I could not remember who talked about it but sure glad you did. some times it is hard to find things here in oklahoma that you fellas have on the coasts or takes a year to get here.
 

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I did a search on the web for liquid glass and it came up with all sorts of items, even a starter kit. I think I will try this especially on the satin finish stuff.
 

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Hi, guys

Not meaning to discount the performance of Liquid Glass. Used it for years before switching to Meguiars 3 part system - cleaner, polish, wax. Lots of work, but I was happier with the results. The initial performance of Liquid Glass was good, but it seemed to lose its beading capabilities and lustre fairly quickly.

I was put onto another product by users on the Fanatic website. I was a bit sceptical at first about the raving, so decided to order the Guru Report on Waxes - similar to Consumer Reports, but more specific. No advertising, brutally honest, fairly scientific grading system.

I can quote more information if some of you are interested, but bottom line was that out of 46 products tested, they rated Liquid Glass 31. The other product that really surprised me as far as results was Zymol - they rated 29, 35, 36 and 40 with 4 different products, even though their cost was huge ($72 for an 8 ounce can).

Top rated product was Zaino - rave reviews on its performance. So I ordered it and decided to use it totally as recommended on their website. Started by washing with Dawn to eliminate all waxes, then a complete claybar process. That surprised me - my 99 Red Sonoma, which hadn't been claybarred in 2 years was actually cleaner than my 6 month old SSR. Sure was smooth after, though. then a wash with Zaino's car wash. Put on 3 coats of Z2 (designed to fill and hide scratches) first day, and could not believe the results - incredibly slippery.

Added 3 more coats of Z5 (higher optical quality) next day. Needed to wash it after a day's driving through bug showers - debris just fell off, and the beading was unlike anything I'd experienced. After drying it, used their detailer - awesome to work with - far better than the detailers from other companies.

Quote from GuruReports (you can find them at gurureports.org) "One product really stood out as incredible in this shoot-out, and that was the Zaino system. It's durability is unparalleled. This stuff is bulletproof. It's simply indestructible, and it laughs at the competition. In fact, on our test panel, the Zaino is still beading water ... some seven months after our first and only application.

Keep in mind their results were with one application to keep it consistent with their other test - most users will probably have 6 - 12 applications.

The only difficulty I found with it was that because it is in 2 parts (a few drops of activator) you only mix what you need, and they recommend using it withing 12 hours. It goes a long way, once you get used to how it works - one ounce will do 2 coats on the SSR when used with a damp applicator.

I have no affiliations with Zaino - just reporting results because it worked better for me than anything else I've used. It doesn't leave any residue on rubber or around trim parts, and works very well on the satin chrome.

If anyone wants more details, I can quote their assessments of other product.

Ray
 

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I have to agree with Ray - i've owned almost nothing but black vehicles and there's nothing like Zaino for any color, especially black. I've used it on my f150 and m3 with great results. The first day is a bit of work if you decide to clay (well worth it!) but it gets real easy after that. I've only done 2 coats of z5 so far but it's looking great, gonna do #3 next weekend.

Like Ray said, now that they have the ZFX activator instead of the older Z1 polish lok, there is no residue on the rubber parts.

I picked up a Toro 215mph leafblower as recommended by Sal Zaino and works great, I can have the SSR dry in just a few minutes.

-Wes
 

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p.s. - Ray reversed Z2 and Z5 -- Z2 is the higher optics and Z5 is the swirl/scratch hiding formula...
 

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OOOOOOPS!!!

Pesos is right.
 

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Wow guys, thanks for sharing all of your experiences you've had with different types of waxes. It sure does make it easier to decide what is best. One question...I have never heard of this clay bar thing....is it actually a clay bar, and what do you do with it?
 

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Yes it is, you get two small bars in the container, You use this product after the initial Original Dawn formula wash, it removes any debris left on the paint surface, ie
tree sap, rail dust, and paint impurities. After using this you can run your hand over the section you cleaned and the undone section and feel the grit left behind. It also removes the wax build up so you need to use polish ASAP. www.zainobros.com or I know of at least two people on this site that are suppliers and own a SSR too.
 

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Wildcat is dead on on claybar use. It's available from Meguiars and Mothers on most store shelves, usually with a spray of their detailer. I really like the Zaino system - it uses their car wash soap, which you would mix in a spray bottle - a fraction of the price of detailers, and works great. Just spray the area you want to work on, and let the claybar glide and do the rest - if there's any friction, just spray again - you can't get it too wet.

The beauty of the claybar, is it picks out the debris without damaging the paint. If you've ever tried to use a wax/cleaner to remove tree sap or tar spots, you need to do a lot of rubbing. The claybar lifts it right off. After you've used it for a couple of sqaure feet, just knead it onto a new surface, and you're good to go again. One bar will last at least 2 - 3 vehicles. The cleaner your vehicle is to start with, the less work the claybar needs to do. When it starts to look really dirty, or starts to disintegrate, it's time to toss it, or use it for the really grungy bottom areas.

If you go to Zaino's site, or contact ZainoSSR on this site, you should be able to pick up the basic kit, or go all out, and include things like leather conditioners and tire detailer. They also have very detailed instructions on their site.

After using the Zaino tire detailer, I still prefer the Mequiars Endurance - leaves the tires really black, without the greasy look.


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