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This is my first vehicle that I am actually concerned about how the paint 'really' looks. I've been asking car buffs at work and trying to gather info from other car websites about what might be the best way to wash and wax this vehicle.

When I received the vehicle the dealership had detailed it....and so I already have some noticeable spider webbing in the black.

What I'm really looking for is something to remove the spider webs and some wax/polish/protectant that I can apply easily (less than 2hrs of work) that will last a couple of months. That's not too much to ask is it?
 

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Welcome to the world of "Black Paint". It will show everything but there is hope! Pep Boys and other parts stores have tons of stuff for you to use. I prefer Maguirs products and they have a very good three step process to remove just what you describe but it will certainly take more time than you may want to spend. Personally, I LOVE TO DETAIL MY CARS/TRUCKS!!!! I love to rub the surface and watch the shine and polish do their thing. There are an assortment of scratch remover polishes as well, but be carefull and make sure they are all safe for "Clear Coat" paints. I have found that using a horizontal stroke movement with the terry towels, that I can achieve a "swirlmarkless" finish for the most part. The guys at most of the parts stores are pretty knowledgable about the products. Real fanatics on finishes prefer to us the "Zaino" products and go through a multi step process using a "Clay Bar" and progressing to other finishes but you are talking major time here. Good luck and keep er shinin bud! Give me a call next time your in town. It looks like there is a red one on the street now that was spotted on Military Hwy. That make 4 SSR's on the street in our town.
 

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Red one

A friend of mine spotted the Red one, but said it had dealer plates.
 
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Don't know of any products that would take less than 2 hours to apply and take care of the swirl marks etc. on black paint.
But imho, use the Zaino Bros system. It really doesn't take that long (about 6 hours I did my SSR) it will last about 6 to 9 months and it will take out the swirl marks from black paint.
The web site is www.zainobros.com and the dealer I use is in Charlotte, NC 732-785-2952 (probably one closer to you in V/B) should be on web site.
This is what I used - ZFX, Z-1, Z-2, Z-5 and Z-6.
I did not use the clay bar.
Basically - put the Z-1 on (takes about 30 minutes entire car and do not remove it-does not have to be dry for next step)
Then mix the ZFX to Z-5 put it on, wait about 1 hour and remove it, then put a coat of Z-6 on followed by the Z-5 again. Then coat of Z-6 followed by coat of Z-2 (remember to mix the ZFX with this Z-2 just like the Z-5) and finish with coat of Z-6.
Sounds complicated but really easy -
all the ZFX does is speed up the drying time between coats, you don't have to use it.
You may only need one coat of Z-5 to get rid of the swirl marks.
And yes it does get a little expensive - about $50.00 for the 4 items which is enough to do the SSR 2 times.
Check out the web site for all of the application tips.
3-M also has some very good swirl-mark removers and polishes.
 

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Zaino

White61Vette,

Funny you should mention Zaino....I spent hours visiting other sites and Zaino seemed to be a popular pick. So I went to their website and found out that I could have an order shipped to me in VB, but I could not have one shipped to where I'm working in NJ. I drove yesterday, about an hour, to the only place in NJ that sells the product. I picked up the Clay bar (just to use this first time), ZFX, Z2, and Z5. I did know that this would take more than 2 hours, but I decided to do it the first time. My thinking is that maybe I could just do the Z2 every other month afterwards (I could be wrong on this). And just for kicks I'm going to do a 2 foot square with Nu-Finish, which I've always used on my other cars just because it seems to last a long time, just to give me a reference on whether the final look from Zaino is worth the additional hours to me..... I realize that Zaino will be much better, but I am kind of lazy.

Thanks for your response.
 
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Trapper - if you are going to use the Zaino then they recommend washing before hand with Liquid Dawn (hand dishwashing liquid) which has a high alkaline content and will clean off any old wax, oils etc.
But for regular wash day I just use any of the car wash products such as turtle wax car wash etc. Don't use the Dawn for this.
 
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