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Seems that there have been several posts regarding Zaino in the last few days.
Zaino is a super product. It is NOT a wax; it is head and shoulders above any wax product or silicone product. It is NOT a restorative product. It is SHOW car polish. If your ride ain't purty, then don't put Zaino on it. It is designed to make a great finish look even better! :thumbs

I am a distributor; became one because I saw how great the stuff was. It has some definite advantages and what some people see as a couple of drawbacks. It is not as cheap as some inferior products available at Walmart (even though Walmart tried to get it.) You can't hose it on the car by adding an attachment to a water hose! :nono It does cost a couple bucks (best money you ever spent) and it takes an afternoon to apply it at first. Oh yeah, it will last about three times as long as a wax job under normal circumstances. I say normal because most Zaino users don't continue to use the product the same way after initial application.

Now to address another issue. I certainly think if you claybar then you need to reapply. Just makes good sense.

Also Z5 is not necessary unless you have swirl marks. It is good, but Z2 is less exspensive and is probably all you need.

ZFX is plenty expensive; it does nothing for the shine or protection. It is designed for those of you who live in the cold weather areas. Even then if the Zaino is left on long enough it will cure out without it. I think it is a good idea to leave it on over night anyway - but not necessary.

Using the Zaino car wash will allow you wait longer between applications. Using the Z6 will also lenghten the time between major applications. Realistically complete jobs should last 6 months! Most people should use 10 times as much Z6 and car wash as Z2 or Z5. Two capfuls of carwash will wash an SSR under average circumstances. Always wipe the surface; don't let the water stand. If you are really lazy, then race around the block and then wipe it off. The Absorber from Walmart, etc. works geat for removing the water. You really should use Z6 after each wash jog. I take Z6 with me to the shows to touch up with after I get there. Many people use too much Z6; you should only have a damp cloth after doing a vehicle the size of an SSR.

The paint will be cured plenty well enough when you get your SSR to apply Zaino. I not only sell Zaino - I also paint cars. I have (do not recommend) applied Zaino within a week of a paint job with no ill effects. I once had a customer scratch his '47 Dodge two door sedan two days after a Zaino job. Cleaned the area with the normal paint shop degreaser/wax remover and repaired the scratch. No problems. Zaino is not one of these "seal 'er up for life" loads of crap. Tried to paint one of those once and never did get it all off! :mad

Most people tend to use "too much" Zaino when applying. One bottle of Z2 should do your SSR 10 times. Much of this waste is because users don't wet the applicator before using the product. More is not better! Talking about a single application here. Using multiple coats has advantages. If Zaino is difficult to remove then you didn't let it dry long enough. :nono Put it on the glass areas also. Works great! Remember no white residue with Zaino.

I stopped counting at 50 customers when I had had not a single person to tell me that they had ever seen anything better. Only had one customer ever to want his money back! He admitted that he was just too lazy to apply it. Truth!

Most bugs and such will hose off with a good pressure water hose if a good Zaino job is on the vehicle. I use it on my John Deere lawn mowers and my brother uses it on his John Deere tractors. Bikers love it if you can get them to try it! Works on everything but the dirt bag.

If you never tried the Zaino tire and rubber product, then you are missing out - unless you like the greasy shine of Armorall. :lol Zaino leather cleaner and conditioner cannot be beaten. Zaino glass polish (does require lots of elbow grease) will remove acid rain spots. Don't know of anything else that will. Zaino plastic polish will remove minor scatching or hazing of plastic lenses and such. Zaino does not make any inferior products. I learned them - one by one. I don't always try everything that someone says is great. It took quite a bit of time for a friend to talk me into trying Zaino the first time. I don't blame anyone for being skeptical!

OK- so what did I miss? :D
 

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Thanks for the SUPER details!

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...OK- so what did I miss? :D
Great explaination there. :thumbs

Ps. A tip for a quick fast dry off ... I have only washed my SSR a handful of times, however when I do, I use a 22" winter wiper blade. It is fast and easy to use and is completely covered with soft rubber to protect your finish. All I have to do is just squeegee off the water in a few quick strokes ... which makes for a very fast dry down and then just use your dry off towel(s) to dry up what little water that is remaining. :thumbs


PPs. After looking at your Avatar I should have known this. I finally figured out why your Zaino lasts so long between applications. You keep your SSR under cover whenever you are not driving it! :lol
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Great explaination there. :thumbs

Ps. A tip for a quick fast dry off ... I have only washed my SSR a handful of times, however when I do, I use a 22" winter wiper blade. It is fast and easy to use and is completely covered with soft rubber to protect your finish. All I have to do is just squeegee off the water in a few quick strokes ... which makes for a very fast dry down and then just use your dry off towel(s) to dry up what little water that is remaining. :thumbs


PPs. After looking at your Avatar I should have known this. I finally figured out why your Zaino lasts so long between applications. You keep your SSR under cover whenever you are not driving it! :lol
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So you squegee down the roof as well as the back? It looks like I'm going to have to wash mine pretty much weekly, and I'm looking for a way to get it done in five or 10 minutes.

Also, you mention dry off towels. You mean regular cloth towels? Or something special I should buy?
 

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I still am a believer in the Absorber from your local Pep Boys, Autozone, Walmart, etc. This item comes in a plastic tube. Just wipe off the water, ring it out, and slip it back into the tube for next time. It leaves no lint or fuzz. Stays damp and soft. 10 times better than a chamois. It will fit behind the seat.
 

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Great recap. You answered my questions.

I noticed you finally decided to have your SSR look like Asphalt in your Avatar. Good choice! :lol

Rick

P.S. I have some rather long irregular scratches down my hood (cat, squirrel?). Any recommendations to Zaino them out or fill them in or pencil stick, etc.?????
 

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Rick, Zaino will only fill swirl marks. Scratches will need to be polished out. Only someone experienced will be able to tell if they can be removed. Buffers are dangerous. You could try some fine polishing compound by hand. This would be the safest. Compounds remove Zaino. You would have to reapply the hood area after removing scratches. 3M makes many different consistencies of polishing compound. You need to ask a detailer or a body shop to be really safe. Don (pretty close to John) lol
 

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I still am a believer in the Absorber from your local Pep Boys, Autozone, Walmart, etc. This item comes in a plastic tube. Just wipe off the water, ring it out, and slip it back into the tube for next time. It leaves no lint or fuzz. Stays damp and soft. 10 times better than a chamois. It will fit behind the seat.
Cool! :thumbs

22" windshield wiper blade and Absorber, on the list!
 

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Using Winter Wiper Blades works SUPER!

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So you squegee down the roof as well as the back? It looks like I'm going to have to wash mine pretty much weekly, and I'm looking for a way to get it done in five or 10 minutes.

Also, you mention dry off towels. You mean regular cloth towels? Or something special I should buy?
First: I squegee everything that I can. Windows, Roof, Trunk, sides and fenders. It is amazing how fast you can clear off about 95% of the water! Those Winter Wiper blades are perfect and leave NO marks what-so-ever. The best part of it is you don't need a lot of drying cloths. :) *I had learned that great trick from a guy at GM whose job was (no longer done) to wash every executive's car by hand.

Second: I use regular drying towels... also using the wiper blades will cut your drying time to at least 1/2 to 1/3 the normal time to dry off your SSR! :thumbs
 

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Removing water

Several years ago, had a customer give me a itme he invented called, (I think), the California Water Blade. Has a handle that makes it look like a giant squegee. The blade is made of surgical silicon, that moldes to the shape of whatever you are trying to remove water from. Claims it will not scratch vehicles serfaces. I've used it for several years without a problem. Saw it on the internet several months ago, so I guess its still being made. Might give it a look.
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I've seen several people using the water blade after washing their cars - works extremely well, and has greater flexibility than a wiper blade to get around curves.

Still makes me nervous - I keep thinking what if there's still a stray grain of sand waiting to be dragged across my hood??

I've been very happy with the absorber - I think I still have about 3 unopened on the shelf as spares, and one in each truck.

Thanks for the details on Zaino, Don. I guess I can park the ZFX if it's over 90? :lol

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Watch Six said:
Several years ago, had a customer give me a itme he invented called, (I think), the California Water Blade. Has a handle that makes it look like a giant squegee. The blade is made of surgical silicon, that moldes to the shape of whatever you are trying to remove water from. Claims it will not scratch vehicles serfaces. I've used it for several years without a problem. Saw it on the internet several months ago, so I guess its still being made. Might give it a look.
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You can get them at Wally World. Less likely to scratch than a wiper blade.
 

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I second all the positive commnets about Zaino products, my SSR looks great and even though it hasn't been washed all week (it's my daily driver) it looks better then just a few days without a wash before Zaino.

For drying I've been using micro fiber towels from Griots. These have hand pockets sewn in, and do a better job of absorbing and drying then any chamios or terry cloth towel I've ever used.
 

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The microfibers are great for removing Zaino during the application process. Also for applying the Z6.
 

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zainossr ... Is Zaino as bad as Armorall to clean off for prep work to paint? Are you or is their a Dealer for southern Ontario?
 

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zainossr ... Is Zaino as bad as Armorall to clean off for prep work to paint? Are you or is their a Dealer for southern Ontario?
No! Definitely not! I would not know if there is a dealer outside the states. Is is a difficult thing to ship to Canada? If not, I would help you. Don
 

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any grit will scratch, under a blade (wiper or california water blade) or a towel of any kind (micro, chammy, absorber- whatever). all you can do is try to be careful, the good news is most all of these small abrasions will come out. a finish product (like zaino or wax) will usually help grit just slide accross the surface. I was told to get a california duster because I now own a black truck. it's nice for dust but I also use it to remove the lint left after drying with terrycloth. waterblade-cloth-drip dry drive-wipe off drips-dust.
what we do for our ssR :flag
 

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Hey, Rebel


There is a Canadian distributor at zainobros.ca

His pricing is marginally higher than the comparable US price with exchange, but by the time I got the US product through my broker, it was pretty much a wash. He's located somewhere in Ontario - shipping was quick.

Zaino Brothers would not ship across the border - if Don can ship it to you personally, you'll probably come out ahead of the Canadian pricing.

Don - What is this new Z8 Grand Finale - sounds very whizzy - any experience with it?

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zaino rules.

i recommend against the blades because you never know! instead get an inexpensive leaf blower ($50 at home depot for the toro) and it will dry the ssr in about 4 minutes (if you're anal like me). with the zaino on there the water just shoots right off the finish.

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