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Ok this is going to sound just a little stupid, but all my other vehicles were more or less modes of transportation and I never took the time or effort to really wash and wax, (I'm sorry)
But now I have my SSR and my world has changed and I don't know the first steps. I am getting conflicting info on only waxing once a year because the wax (which I am sure is cheap) takes the clear coat off the car. I have looked at Russell's Zaino site and like the shine on the vette but I don't want to do the wrong thing and mess up my beautiful Yellow paint. Tips please. :)
 

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Washing and waxing (ouch)!

Machel, Zaino is the best car care available. Like the other Zaino distributor on this board, I didn't become a dealer until after being convinced by using it myself. I tried Zaino and said "why hasn't anyone tried to sell me this stuff?" Then I learned that there are only four of us in Texas to sell the stuff to the whole state. I am only about 3 hours from you in East Texas. If you want to email me at [email protected] I willl help you learn to use the system. You can bet my 04 Redline Red has multiple coats of Zaino as we speak. 770 miles and still rolling! Don
 
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Wildcat66,

Thought you might like the thoughts of a non zaino's dealer. I have no affiliation with Zaino's other than a user. At the recommendation of several folks on this web site as well as a couple of car nuts I know, I ordered Zaino's starter kit. Wow, the shine is unbelievable. From all I've read, the protection from Zaino's is also great. Can't speak to the long term personally, but one of the car nuts I know showed me his daily driver, a 95 maxima he has used Zaino's on for quite a while and the paint still looks brand new.
 

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Zaino it and forget it.

I have no financial interest in Zaino products. I was introduced to it by a bunch car enthusiast on the BMW M3 forum. You will not be sorry...
 

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I tried Zaino for the first time myself just this past weekend, and I really like it. After a thorough wash with Dawn and a clay treatment to make sure no impurities were on the paint, I started in with the Zaino. I used Z5 with the ZFX cure accelerator, and I was concerned with the first coat about coverage - the instructions tell you to go easy with the stuff, but I didn't think I was getting enough on the car. I followed the instructions, however, and after wiping down the first coat I put a second coat of Z5 on. The second application went on much smoother and more uniform, and I got the entire SSR done with less than two ounces of Z5 on the second coat. A few observations from a Zaino first-timer:

The Zaino system allows you to put multiple coats on, and I found after the first coat I could take the time to carefully apply wax to places that can sometimes get left out or missed.

The shine was impressive after the second coat. Zaino leaves a glossy, slick surface that really enhances the reflections off of the SSR's curves.

Driving the commute today I was able to gather several insect specimens at high speed on the front of the SSR. ;) They wiped off easily with a damp rag. We also had a rain shower, and the water beaded into tight, small beads. Of course, now I will need to rinse and dry the SSR again, however I'm completely satisfied with the shine and protection Zaino provides.
 

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Wildcat,

I agree with the above posts. Having only experience with waxes before, I too was curious about this polish. I read the posts on this site and decided to order the kit from Zaino. I have been very pleased with it. Following the instructions was tough for me at first, since there seemed to be a lot of steps and recommendations with the products in the kit, but I now feel proficient after applying it several times.

As with John, I have been impressed with not only the appearance, but the performance of Zaino. In the rain you get beebee sized droplets rolling up hill during drives. Afterwards the bugs, road grime, and water spots can be rinsed off. I have not had to "wash" my SSR since the initial Dawn treatment. Every time it needs it, I quickly spray it with water and dry it off. I usually can't resist the temptation to apply another coat of polish afterward, which seems to enhance the finish with every coat.

A satisfied customer (both of the SSR and Zaino Brothers),

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Thought I'd chime in with some tips some may find useful regarding Zaino. (Hope this come through OK, I am "on the road" in the warm south in Tupelo, MS writing this from a hotel room on my trusty laptop.)

1. Yes, use Zaino sparingly. An SSR should not consume more than ONE (1) ounce of polish. (Besides being the best there is, Zaino is, when all is said and done, also among the least expensive products to use).

2. Let it dry well. In the colder climates 50 degrees F is rock bottom and drying time increases substantially. As does humidity. Any issues I have ever had all relate to not allowing enough dry time.

3. A light mist of Z6 after polishing off the topcoat (using nice soft 100% cotton terry towels, preferably with the edge seams ripped off) will even out many "smudges" caused in the cases when the polish was attempted to be removed without being fully dry.

4. ZFX additive and enhancer will speed the drying process and also seal the molecular structure of the Zaino polish "diamond hard" to allow an immediate second coat.

5. Second coats and beyond REALLY augment the WET look incredibly.

6. Zaino doesn't yellow so the best rule is to apply many thin light coats with Z6 spray in between.

7. Some of my Corvette friends are sporting over two dozen coats (thin of course) and if ever there was a testimony to getting back what you put into it, this is it. Amazing depth, shine and clarity.

8. I have instructions posted at my web site under "other sites" that provides more details. The web address is shown in my sig line below.

Have fun with your SSR, missing ours tucked away in the warm garage in Maine. Still yet to see another one on the road, even down here in the South.
 

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checked out your website

It really helped seeing the vette sitting nice and pretty and I am a visual person so seeing is believing but that brings me to the other matter of not knowing the order and amounts but I am sure I will catch on quick. you guys are great with all your helpful info. Hope you are cruisin' the highways soon!:cool
 
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Update to earlier post of yesterday: Still in Tupelo, MS, and just up from my hotel this afternoon was a beautiful red SSR in the parking lot of a nearby gas station. Makes this my first sighting other than my own, though I still am yet to see one running on the road.
 
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