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Old 05-09-2009, 01:23 PM   #1
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Whilst most others find it outrageous, I do in fact love to wash the car. I find it takes my mind of everything and all I do is wash and enjoy.

What I am interested to know is what is everyone using on their cars for wash/buf/wax etc etc?
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For regular hand application (no buffer/etc), I've always liked Zaino Brothers products. I learned about it on the Vette forums back in the late 1990's. There are better products out there like Pinnacle/etc, but for the money Zaino is a great buy. The Zaino wax will make water just sheet off the car, so that when it dries there isn't much road grime and dirt on the car. It's also anti-static, so that pollen and dust will just blow off the car when you drive it.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:34 PM   #3
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pinnacle wolfgang,made by same people. Great product!! have on GTR S550 Maxima and Chevelle do the 2 step system and won't have 2 wax for 6 month's even in sunny s fl
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There website is autogeek.net
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+1 for Zaino. Just AIO, CS, and Z-8'd the GT-R 2 weekends ago. She's got that liquid metal look going now.
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For regular hand application (no buffer/etc), I've always liked Zaino Brothers products. I learned about it on the Vette forums back in the late 1990's. There are better products out there like Pinnacle/etc, but for the money Zaino is a great buy. The Zaino wax will make water just sheet off the car, so that when it dries there isn't much road grime and dirt on the car. It's also anti-static, so that pollen and dust will just blow off the car when you drive it.
I agree on all counts. Washing and cleaning the cars is just the right mix of mild physical exertion and concentration to take my mind off of all the daily trials and tribulations. I've tried most of the products on the market and have found the Zaino products to be the best.
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Thanks to all the comments everyone. Jumped onto the Zaino store site last and purchased some of the basics to begin with! We'll take it from there but looking forward to seeing the results soon!
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Due to the good advice I have received on this forum, I took a stab at the Zaino products. I went ahead and went with the full kit. After i recieved it 3 days ago, I had to try it out right away, so I started from scratch from the tips and tricks section of the Zaino website. After washing the entire car with Dawn to strip old wax etc., I used the clay bar to get the whole car mirror smooth. From there i used the ZFX system, followed by the finale spray.

I have to say, that I am so impressed by these products. I honestly didn't think it could get too much cleaner/shinier than new. This thing literally looks like liquid metal, and best of all it actually REPELS dust!!! I'm not sure how, but as a garage kept car, I found myself always mist and wiping it down, until now. 3 days later, it still looks like the day I cleaned/polished it. It is about a 3 hour process, but so easy. The dried wax literally wipes off like dust regardless of how long you let it dry (beyond 30 minutes). I hardly used an ounce of all the products, and considering it lasts so long, I'll be saving what it costs just because it lasts, and I have so much left for several more applications.

GREAT advice from all, thank you. I had to share it to hopefully steer others in the right direction.
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Nice! but haven't seen this product in my country...
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Due to the good advice I have received on this forum, I took a stab at the Zaino products. I went ahead and went with the full kit. After i recieved it 3 days ago, I had to try it out right away, so I started from scratch from the tips and tricks section of the Zaino website. After washing the entire car with Dawn to strip old wax etc., I used the clay bar to get the whole car mirror smooth. From there i used the ZFX system, followed by the finale spray.

I have to say, that I am so impressed by these products. I honestly didn't think it could get too much cleaner/shinier than new. This thing literally looks like liquid metal, and best of all it actually REPELS dust!!! I'm not sure how, but as a garage kept car, I found myself always mist and wiping it down, until now. 3 days later, it still looks like the day I cleaned/polished it. It is about a 3 hour process, but so easy. The dried wax literally wipes off like dust regardless of how long you let it dry (beyond 30 minutes). I hardly used an ounce of all the products, and considering it lasts so long, I'll be saving what it costs just because it lasts, and I have so much left for several more applications.

GREAT advice from all, thank you. I had to share it to hopefully steer others in the right direction.
No polish or anything alike? I am thinking of detailing my other car...and want some great result, IF I have to invest some amount of time into the job.

Btw, all jobs done by hand or with buffer?
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I only Zaino with microfiber wash mitts, microfiber applicators, and buff out with microfiber cloths. Won't scratch and won't give off all the little debris cotton causes.

Car's absolutely gorgeous with Zaino, you won't be disappointed.

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No polish or anything alike? I am thinking of detailing my other car...and want some great result, IF I have to invest some amount of time into the job.

Btw, all jobs done by hand or with buffer?
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Well, you see...I need to detail my old Subie...which has many light swirl scratches...pretty obvious. No, they are not deep scratches, but more than enough to not use the scratch removal option. I can get a buffer, if needed, but if I can do it by hand I will to save on the cost and trouble.

If you think that will still do it, can you give me a link on the products...need to gather the info so I can get all the items and get her going.

I am planning to sell her once everything is done. I just like her to be beautiful when it's up for sale; I like to sell mint items if I can.

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Yep, just follow the Zaino link for the goods. The 3-in-1 kit is an excellent way to get started.

Beyond that, I'd just got some good carwash (Mothers, Meguiars, etc) and tons of microfiber cloths/applicators.

Should be as easy as following 1-2-3 after that!

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Well, you see...I need to detail my old Subie...which has many light swirl scratches...pretty obvious. No, they are not deep scratches, but more than enough to not use the scratch removal option. I can get a buffer, if needed, but if I can do it by hand I will to save on the cost and trouble.

If you think that will still do it, can you give me a link on the products...need to gather the info so I can get all the items and get her going.

I am planning to sell her once everything is done. I just like her to be beautiful when it's up for sale; I like to sell mint items if I can.

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Well I do have the wash, microfiber cloths, as well as clay bar and mothers wax.

Btw, your girlfriend (I think that's what you said over @NAGTROC) is Japanese, correct? And so are you then?
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Yes, I've heard rave reviews about Zaino products!! ...but has anyone tried:

Collinite's No. 885
Special Heavy Duty Fleetwax (for Marine & Aeronautical Finishes)???? If you haven't, you must!

Your GT-R with adore you for life! If this wax can repel saltwater, just imagine what it will do for your non-sea-salt environmental vehicles!!!

I use it on all my Cars - - UNBELIEVABLE FINISH AND BEADING!!!!

Here's a link: http://www.autogeek.net/collinite-fleetwax-.html


If you live near water, any boating supply store will carry this product...
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Zaino is popular with the corvette crowd, or used to be when I had my vette. I used it quite often before becoming carless for 2 years and giving all my car supplies to my little brother. the finish was always great after a wash/bar/waxing, but I am comparing the finish to Mother's and Meguire's products (used on my Audi the last year and a half), never tried Zymol.
Anyone ever used the stuff from California Car Cover Inc called P21S?
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Nope, she's Korean... and I'm Chinese. :P

She's currently learning Japanese though, heh.

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Interesting...Chinese and Korean; nice combo!

Mind if I ask where in China are you from? Or are you born in the US?
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I was born in Taiwan, but my parents are from 山東.

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Interesting...Chinese and Korean; nice combo!

Mind if I ask where in China are you from? Or are you born in the US?
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Cool! I love Taiwan btw, and I do have many relatives there.
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Yep, I go to TW quite a bit for business & was just back in Taipei for vacation in March.

There are a few GT-R owners in Taipei now too! Difference is... it's a $200,000 USD car in Taiwan!

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So you do speak/read/write Mandarin correct?

200k R35, eh? Well, I guess we should consider ourselves lucky then
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I can do all 3, but definitely better at speaking than the rest. Been in the States too long.

Yeah, one of the TW owners is looking into getting a dyno of his car... I'm curious to see if the TW govt restricted the governor more than the State-side GT-Rs.

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