: Zaino - The Show Car Shine!



StealthV
06-10-04, 12:19 AM
Since the pricing thread was in the process of getting hijacked - Here's some pictures of my Silverado SS with its first detail job ever after being over a year old...

I've got about 20 hours into this week to get it this far. Granted I could have been done after 8 hours or so, but the stuff is addicting layer after layer. Definitely not for people who have better things to do than learn every square inch of their machine over and over and over and over... :)

The process to get to this point -

1. Washed the SS with a pressure washer using normal "car" soap
2. Hand washed all surfaces with Dawn dish soap
3. Went over ALL surfaces with the Z18 Clay bar with a bit of Z7 soap & water for lubricant to remove paint contaminants
4. Cleaned up the clay step residue with Z6 polish enhancer
5. Applied first coat of Z5 + ZFX polish to fill minor swirl marks
6. Buffed off the Z5
7. Applied second coat of Z6
8. Put on the second layer of Z5 + ZFX
---End of Day 1---

9. Buffed off
10. Third coat of Z6
11. First coat of Z2 +ZFX
---End of Day 2---

12. Removed Z2
13. Applied second layer of Z2 + ZFX
---End of Day 3---

14. Buffed off Z2
15. Applied fourth layer of Z6 (the Z6 was beading up on the hood and running off before I could wipe it with a towel!)
16. Wanted to put on two more coats each of Z2 and Z6 but I've run out of steam...probably do it this fall before the winter salt season.

Each of Z5 and Z2 steps takes about 0.5 ounces of polish to do everything on my SS. A V will probably take about 0.2 ounces.

All these layers have been applied to the painted surfaces, windshield & other glass, headlights, taillights, etc. My goal - easy bug splat removal!

Applied the Z16 Perfect Tire Gloss tonight for the first time - looks good and appears it won't sling off.

Can't wait to use the leather products, they smell so good.

The steps are outlined on the Zaino website here --> http://www.zainostore.com/

If your ready to make the commitment for a show car finish, I recommend purchasing the Ultimate Kit for $116.95
http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ZKIT-2&Category_Code=Zaino

Will be doing the V as soon as it arrives. Thankfully, there's about 1/3 the surface area! :bouncy:

P.S. Sal Zaino sold his soul to the devil.

:lildevil:

Cal
06-10-04, 01:29 AM
All that effort + 15 minutes on the NJ roads = 1,000,000 bugs splattered on the V.


Oh the humanity!

(great looking truck!)

msheri01
06-10-04, 07:35 AM
My 13 year old son is very jealous. He knows your car is coming, and after he saw the first photo last night, he wanted you to adopt him! Your truck is beautiful!

T_Dogg8
06-10-04, 09:08 AM
All that effort + 15 minutes on the NJ roads = 1,000,000 bugs splattered on the V.


Oh the humanity!

(great looking truck!)
tell me about it. i live in PA and i don't go to all the trouble of really cleaning right now. way too many bugs and rainy days. it doesn't matter if i spend one hour or four hours, looks the same 45 min later.

D148L0
06-10-04, 09:59 AM
Nice job !

urbanski
06-10-04, 10:06 AM
HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NICE wow!!

T_Dogg8
06-10-04, 10:34 AM
what did you use on the windows and is dish soap alright for your paint?

StealthV
06-10-04, 01:59 PM
The entire vehicle is Zaino'd - including all the glass. Yes, Dawn is ok for the one time wash.

T_Dogg8
06-10-04, 02:01 PM
what did you use on the glass??

on my tinted windwos (like the sunroof) i have what looks like water spots that i can not remove. i don't know what to do.

urbanski
06-10-04, 02:30 PM
i, too, always wax my windows when i do the car. better than "rain-x"

StealthV
06-12-04, 05:22 PM
Filled up with the old 93 octane this afternoon and the lady on the other side of the pump asked if my truck was brand new. Told her it was a year old - she wasn't buying it, lol. :)

Took some BIG pictures today...is my black '05 V going to look hot next to this next week or what? :bouncy:

http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02559a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02552a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02554a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02553a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02556a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02559b.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02567a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02565a.jpg
http://www.nitro-nights.com/2003ss/062004/Dsc02564a.jpg

StealthV
06-12-04, 05:26 PM
...and it has been rained on once since the Zaino earlier this week and hasn't been washed yet. :lildevil:

Cal
06-12-04, 06:32 PM
what did you use on the glass??

on my tinted windwos (like the sunroof) i have what looks like water spots that i can not remove. i don't know what to do.
You sure they aren't air bubbles in the tints?

LeoC2
06-12-04, 06:51 PM
I'm also a big fan of Zaino products but over the years I have discovered that using Z1 and Z5 seems to make no difference whatsoever in the final outcome on a clearcoat car. Every spring I Dawn wash and clay bar then gradually build up layer upon layer of Z2 during the summer. I polish maybe once a week or every other depending on the car show schedule. Within 4 layers my cars look wet. By November I have maybe 20 coats of Z2 on the cars all ready for the winter. I do this on both the Mark and the STS

See my Lincoln here and you can see the shine www.leocerruti.com/lsc

Leo

StealthV
06-12-04, 09:36 PM
what did you use on the glass??

on my tinted windwos (like the sunroof) i have what looks like water spots that i can not remove. i don't know what to do.
The clay bar step will remove those water spots.

TNT V
06-13-04, 08:56 AM
I picked up an interesting fact at a detailing seminar.......Dawn does not remove wax and is bad for your rubber moulding and black trim. I didn't believe it until he waxed a window and then used Dawn on it. The wax was still there. The detailing expert says you should wipe the surface with 3M Adhesive Remover after claying. I tried it and the results are superior. :D

LeoC2
06-13-04, 11:40 AM
I picked up an interesting fact at a detailing seminar.......Dawn does not remove wax...

Yes but keep in mind Zaino is not a wax.

TNT V
06-13-04, 10:43 PM
Let me clarify......Dawn does not remove Zaino. Zaino was used in the demo. :D

T_Dogg8
06-14-04, 11:13 AM
You sure they aren't air bubbles in the tints?
positive. one, it's factory tint, and two, it's definitely a water spot of some sort.

T_Dogg8
06-14-04, 11:14 AM
The clay bar step will remove those water spots.
great, i'll have to give that a try.

any other suggestions to try??

hcvone
06-14-04, 11:26 AM
I picked up an interesting fact at a detailing seminar.......Dawn does not remove wax and is bad for your rubber moulding and black trim. I didn't believe it until he waxed a window and then used Dawn on it. The wax was still there. The detailing expert says you should wipe the surface with 3M Adhesive Remover after claying. I tried it and the results are superior. :D

Dawn does remove oils that makes up the large part of carnauba waxes, and try it for yourself, wax your hood with a carnauba wax, spray with water to see how it beads, then wash well with Dawn, your beads will be gone, as well as your protection. Dawn would only hurt the rubber or plastic if it was used on a regular basis, not for a one time wash, acid rain that falls on your car each time it rains is far more harmful than a wash with Dawn. :)

BUILDINGCTSAMG
06-14-04, 12:48 PM
I moved this thread to the right area so more could enjoy it

TNT V
06-14-04, 04:34 PM
Dawn does remove oils that makes up the large part of carnauba waxes, and try it for yourself, wax your hood with a carnauba wax, spray with water to see how it beads, then wash well with Dawn, your beads will be gone, as well as your protection. :)
Thanks for your insight. The really interesting thing is the "Detailing Dude" from the CF put it on the windshield, washed it with Dawn, rinsed, and it was still there?! It wouldn't bead but still existed as a smear. The adhesive remover than eliminated the smear. With many layers of Zaino, it just seems like a prudent step to take to get the best finish possible.:)

hcvone
06-14-04, 05:34 PM
I know the DD, we differ on many car care issues, although he does help people with car care issues, in the 80's and 90's I owned 36 detail locations, some times there is more than one way to do the job right. On the wax on the windsheild thing, there are some carnauba's that offer better protection than other, some require a better Dawn washing than others. The 3M Adhesive Remover is great for dewaxing, why we tell you to use Dawn is that Dawn does a great job at removing oils and most wax products, quickly and safely, and you are not wasting money on Adhesive Remover that you may use one time and then it sits on your shelf forever. The Adhesive Remover has to be used in a well ventilated area, and not near flame, but it does a great job cleaning. :)

CADDYBLACK99
06-14-04, 11:08 PM
I too am a recent Zaino fan and convert to sythetics! The shine is as Stealth puts it "addicting". After the initial clean-up stage (Dawn,clay and the first 2 coats of Z5 and Z2) its just a 5 min dust and wipe to get it back to perfect. I have about 4-5 coats
(I lost track now)on now and I tell you my car does not get wet in the rain! The durability is incredible. As nice as it looks when its freshly done...it looks even better the next day! I will post some pictures tomorrow.

Looks great Stealth!
Paul :2thumbs:

hcvone
06-15-04, 10:08 AM
I too am a recent Zaino fan and convert to sythetics! The shine is as Stealth puts it "addicting". After the initial clean-up stage (Dawn,clay and the first 2 coats of Z5 and Z2) its just a 5 min dust and wipe to get it back to perfect. I have about 4-5 coats
(I lost track now)on now and I tell you my car does not get wet in the rain! The durability is incredible. As nice as it looks when its freshly done...it looks even better the next day! I will post some pictures tomorrow.

Looks great Stealth!
Paul :2thumbs:


We needs pixs.