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#6952 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [rich102]
Sep 23, 2007 (10:09 am)
To put it bluntly, yes, you did it wrong. Apply it EXACTLY the way the instructions say. It really is that simple. You worked waaaayyyyy too hard at this one. I've used it according to the instructions below and it worked beautifully.
This is what the Zaino website says for instructions:
Note: Z-CS should be used very SPARINGLY. LESS than 1/4 oz can complete an average vehicle.
You will achieve the best results with Z-CS over clean and dry surfaces. Thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces.
Mist a #314 cotton applicator pad with Z-CS 1 time to preload the pad with product. Do not use an applicator pad that has been used with ANY other product. If you choose to reuse an applicator pad that has already been used with only Z-CS, store it in a sealed Ziploc style bag between uses. Holding sprayer about 4 inches from the surface, lightly spray Z-CS once directly onto the panel, avoiding any overspray. Work Z-CS into the paint evenly with the applicator pad using overlapping motions one section (18-24" area) at a time.
Allow product to fully dry. DO NOT BUFF OR WIPE OFF. Sit back and relax while Z-CS does the work! Just apply and let dry!
#6953 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [bh0001]
Sep 23, 2007 (11:04 am)
Thanks for your input, but I did read the instructions, and believed that I was following them. The key is one's interpretation of "work into the paint evenly"... What I am saying is that to achieve an evenness to the film, I had to rub pretty hard and for a while (30 sec. or so per 18" area) and by the time I had "worked it into the paint" it had already dried. I guess my question is will this work if one literally just wipes ONCE over the misted surface and then moves on to the next area.
#6954 of 6991 I'm Now A Believer - In Zaino
Sep 24, 2007 (8:18 am)
Beginning with my very first car, I've taken pride in the appearance of my vehicles. Historically, I've used traditional caranuba waxes on my cars, Mequire's Cleaner Wax in particular.
Recently, I've read a lot about Zaino and seen all of the discussion/debate about these products. Last week, I finally decided to order some of there products and try them out on my new vehicle.
I used Z-AIO and Z-2 this weekend, and I'm now a huge fan. I can't see myself ever using another polishing product line again. Simply put, this stuff is fantastic.
For one, both of these products went on and came off very easily. I found them much easier to apply than traditional wax. I read a lot about how difficult it is to apply a thin layer, low long it took to dry, and that it was tough to remove. But I did not experience any of these problems.
Secondly, it was great that I could apply these products to virtually every surface of the car, without fear of getting white wax residue all over the black trim. Simply apply to ALL non-porous surfaces. Everything is protected and I didn't spend lots of time carefully avoiding the trim.
In particular, I found Z-AIO to be an outstanding product. I was amazed at how surface imperfections/contaminants were effortlessly removed. There were several waterspots left from drying, which came off immediately. I also had what I think was adhesive residue (from the plastic sheets they use to protect cars during shipping), which also came right off.
Lastly, the shine was unbelievable. While I can't say that it was better than traditional wax, it was definitely as good, with less effort. And if it lasts as long as everyone claims, it will prove far superior to wax.
If you maintain your car yourself, I would highly recommend these Zaino products. I was skeptical at first, so I only ordered these two products, but I will definitely be ordering more in the future (the car wash, tire shine, and maybe the Clear Seal)
#6955 of 6991 Re: I'm Now A Believer - In Zaino [mattgg1]
Sep 24, 2007 (9:35 am)
Welcome to the addiction...!
I just went a little overboard and bought the Maintenance Pack, 4 Z-7(Car Wash) and 2 Z-6. Since a little goes a long way, and I won't be hand washing much in the New England winter months, this should last a looooooooooooong time...
#6956 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [rich102]
Sep 24, 2007 (9:43 pm)
I see your point! Far too many things in life are open to interpretation
I wipe back-and-forth a couple of times and then move on. The product definitely has not dried before I move on - kind of looks like an uneven oil slick on the paint, but that magically disappears leaving that fantastic Zaino shine!
Takes me no more than 5 minutes to do my entire car (black Chevy Impala).
#6957 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [bh0001]
Sep 25, 2007 (7:27 am)
OK, you've convinced me I did it wrong. I'm starting to worry that with my compulsive rubbing, I actually rubbed all the sealant off my paint! I guess this weekend I'll just have to wash it and do it again...
#6958 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [rich102]
Sep 25, 2007 (6:17 pm)
LOL - I doubt you rubbed it off, but there's never a downside to putting on another coat of Zaino. Some people on this board have been known to put on over a dozen layers...
#6959 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [bh0001]
Sep 27, 2007 (7:00 pm)
Yeah, I probably hit the dozen mark about 6-8 applications ago. But, that's over three years, so I'm not addicted. I can quit anytime I want. Right after I use up all four bottles of Z-7 probably...not.
#6960 of 6991 Re: Z-CS question [rich102]
Nov 04, 2007 (8:46 am)
I think you are absolutely right, I noticed the same problem. I sprayed then wiped the Z-CS and it did not coat the surface evenly. It took additional rubbing and more Z-CS then what the instructions indicated. After that it took a long time to dry and left streaks. I did not feel comfortable using the minimal amount recommended after I noticed how much of the surface did not appear to be covered. The only Zaino paint product I have used that was not difficult to apply was Z-AIO.
#6961 of 6991 I hate to do this but....
Nov 28, 2007 (10:56 am)
Just yesterday I ran across a thread that proclaimed the wonders of Zaino. Rather than search thru 311 pages of threads on the topic, I beg your indulgence on taking the easy route and asking these questions rather than doing several hours of reading. (FYI - this is my wife's vehicle. I drive a 4x4 pickup so dirt and a grimy exterior are the norm therefore I am ignorant on proper paint care.)
I recently purchased an used (4k mi) 07 Infiniti G35x in a Blue Slate color for my wife. This car looks fantastic in the dusk/dawn light but in full sunlight the paint can appear a tad "swirly". It sounds like a sequence of washing with Dawn, multiple passes with various Zaino products, then waxing will have my car looking better than new.
Can someone suggest which Zaino products I should buy, which order to apply them, any application tips, and which wax to buy?
What about the Total Protection Kit ($84.70) or the Ultimate Protection Kit ($116.95)?