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Frequently Asked Questions About Zaino
This document almost entirely consists of
material written by Tony Lauer. Thanks a bunch for your permission to post
Challenges and Prepurchase
Are you part of some
sort of cult?
Uh.. no. People do single
those out that are extremely careful about their car's condition, but I'm
not in any sort of cult.
I'm very satisfied with
XYZ product and its results and don't understand all the hype with Zaino.
My car looks awesome with the stuff I'm using!
What do you want then? Not
to be a smart aleck, but if you are satisfied with your current product and
don't have a desire for change, why are you asking about Zaino? The easy to
use, deep, long lasting shine, and superior protection is good enough for
me! I used to use other products too. I'm the kind of guy that always wants
the best and top of the line, are you?
I'll bet my car looks
better than yours. I just used the XYZ stuff this weekend and my car looks
Good for you.. it's all
about personal pride in *your* vehicle. I take pride in my car and am happy
that others can find personal satisfaction in the products they choose and
the way they can make them look. If you drive your car down my block, I'll
admire it with you.
It seems like I hear
that Zaino is a lot of work. I just get the stuff at Wal-mart to take care
of my car. My wife already thinks I'm a fruitcake. Is it worth it?
In my opinion, it is
definitely worth it. It may cost a few bucks more than what you get at
Wal-mart, but it will go on easier, look better, and last longer. As for
the degree of work involved.. I'd say the ardest part about the whole
process is the patience that it takes for it to dry. You must apply Zaino
in thin coats and allow enough time to dry. As for your wife.. I'd caution
the use of Zaino products because it is addictive.\
I was going to place an
order but noticed that there are three different kinds of polish. What do I
need for my Corvette?
Z-2 is the polish for clear
coated finished (yours). All newer cars nowadays have clearcoats on them.
If you have an older vehicle that doesn't have a clear coat on it, then you
need Z-3 instead of Z-2. Z-5 is the polish to remove fine swirls and
scratches. If you're car has any marks that need to be worked out.. this is
the stuff. Z-5 is however, *not* an abrasive.
I really can't afford
all this stuff. What should I buy as a minimum?
You need minimally Z-1,
Z-2, Z-6 and a cotton
applicator pad. Z-1 Polish Lok is the foundation to the Zaino process..
it's the "primer" coat. Z-2 is the polish that gives your car
deep and lasting shine and protection. Z-6 is the Gloss Enhancer Spray that
you use to keep your car dust free and looking beautiful, kind of like a
quick detail spray. Z-6 is used between coats of Z-2 to provide enhanced
I hear that
"polishes" are just to give shine but offer no protection. Is
this true of Zaino?
I think when Sal Zaino
named the products, he definitely didn't want to call the products waxes,
because this implies a base use of carnuba. So I suppose it had to be
called a polish. Zaino polishes are somewhat unique because they offer
superior UV protection. Sal also says it's extremely difficult for anything
to stick to Zaino, and he's right. Dirt, industrial fallout, pollen, brake
dust, chemicals, etc.. have a hard time sticking to Zaino. This is why it
becomes much easier to wash the car once it's Z'd. Ever tried to wash a car
that has no polish on it? :|
I don't see Zaino on the
shelves at the auto parts store. Where can I buy it?
Sal will never have his
products on the shelf
next to Turtle Wax or the like. You must purchase the product through a
distributor, or direct through Sal at his website: http://www.zainobros.com.
What do I need to do
before using Zaino?
You need to completely
clean the finish of the car. I recommend a couple car washes with Liquid
Dawn for the initial application of Zaino. If you are so inclined, you can
also perform the clay treatment. Liquid Dawn has a high alkaline content
that cuts down on the grease and removes other waxes and polishes on the
Everyone tells me that
I'm crazy for saying I should use dish soap on my car before polishing.
They tell me that it removes all the wax, sealers, and polish that is on
That's exactly the point.
Since Zaino is near optically perfect, you want to remove all the other
stuff before putting Zaino on. You want to start with a clean slate, so to
What kind of dish soap
should I use to initially clean the car before Zaino?
I use plain old blue Liquid
Dawn. Make sure that you don't use the stuff that has the extra chemicals
in it that make your hands soft and smelling good.
This polish takes
forever to dry! It's been hours already and it's still wet!
How thick did you apply it?
Often times, when a person is used to working with other products, they
apply Zaino far too thick. The key to Zaino is thin even coats. Also keep
in mind that the first time Z-2 is applied after Z-1, you have to deal with
both products drying at the same time. If it really is too thick, just wipe
it down as best as you can with a damp towel. You may leave behind
streaks, but that's okay; simply wash your car to make them disappear.
I thought this stuff was
supposed to be easy to put on and take off? I put it on easily but it's a
pain in the butt to take off.
This indicates a problem
with your technique. It must not be dry when you try to remove it. Either
you didn't wait long enough, or you put it on way too thick. If you put it
on too thick, you'll need to wipe it down with a wet towel to remove the
How long does it take
for Zaino polish to dry?
This depends on a lot of
things. If you have low humidity and high temperatures, Zaino polish can
dry in minutes. If you have high humidity and low temperatures, it takes
hours. To check to see if the polish is dry, take your clean finger and
wipe a hazed section. If the polish comes off with barely any effort, then
I know multiple coats
are good for optical purposes but do more coats actually protect
significantly better than just two or three?
Yes. More coats serve
better protection. The more thinner coats of Zaino, the thicker the polish
will be on the car. The protection is against hard water, water spots, bird
droppings, etc.. Some have reported less chip marks after several coats of
Zaino, but I'm not sure if I believe them.
I am planning to wait
overnight (in a garage) between subsequent coats of Z-2 & Z-6. If there
is dust, even a very fine layer, on the car in the morning, do I need to
wash it again?
This is a part of the
purpose in Z-6'n prior to subsequent coats of polish. Not only does it add
to the gloss, it removes dust that may have accumulated. I keep mine in a
warehouse that is not dust free. So naturally, when the ventilation systems
kick on, there is a little dust spread around. Just Z-6 before you move on
to the next coat of polish.
Man, I'm tired as heck.
Is gloss enhancer really necessary? Or will the last coat be okay by
Z-6 between coats of polish
heightens the final level of gloss. It also makes the polish go on, and
come off easier. It's not absolutely necessary though if you're too pooped
to do it, but I would.
My question is, how
important is it for me to "wait" after buffing on subsequent
coats? In other words, will waiting overnight between each coat make that
much difference? Or is it most critical for the first one?
The wait you are referring
to is the "cure" time. The "cure" time is between
removal and repolish. I think with all the energy you are going to expend,
you should wait the "cure" time. I'd say eight hours of time
between removal and repolish would be dequate. Sometimes I use
"cure" time to work on other areas of the car, sometimes I nap.
;) Remember that the first coat of polish has Z-1 underneath it, so you are
waiting for two products to dry. The first time will take a little longer
to dry. Just remember to apply coats even and *light*, then your drying
time won't be any longer than necessary. ;) The biggest mistake some people
use is too much Zaino.
Can I use my orbital
buffer to apply and remove Zaino?
Yes, you can.. but in my
opinion, you waste too much product doing it this way. It's really easier
in my opinion, to do it by hand. If it's difficult to remove, it's not dry
How often does this
stuff need to be done?
The more you do it, the
better it looks. But for mere protection on your car, I'd recommend twice a
When you put on a coat
of whatever, and you have to wait for it to dry, is your car out of
commission, or can you drive it around between coats?
While the polish is
"hazing" on the car, before you remove it, you should not drive
the car. Once you remove it, feel free to drive it around... but you may
need to re-wash it to remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated.
Also, not being
fortunate enough to have a garage, is it safe to do this outside in the
sun? Or should I plan on getting some flashlights and doing it at
I'm in the same boat. I
don't have a garage either. I try to borrow someone else's garage or am
fortunate enough to have a rather large warehouse facility at my office.
Outside in the sun for polishing is not a problem though. It may even
accelerate the drying time.
Scratches and Swirls
I have a huge scratch
mark in my paint from what looks like a coat zipper. Can Z-5 remove
I've found that multiple
coats of Z-5 can often fill most swirl and scratch marks. Each time Z-5 is
used, the scratches or swirl marks should gradually go away. If it's more
than Z-5 can handle, I'd try some 3M Foam Pad Polish and a cotton towel to
remove or minimize the scratches. Otherwise, your choices are limited to
seeking professional paint touchup.
How does Z-5 work? Is
Z-5 an abrasive product?
Nope, Z-5 is not an
abrasive at all. That's the beauty of Z-5. Think of scratches in your paint
as tiny V channels. An abrasive
product will bring down the walls of the V (your clearcoat) to make the V's
not look so bad. Basically, what they do is make lots of little scratches
to makethe bigger ones not seem so bad. Z-5 fills in the walls of the V. To
get Z-5 to work it's wonders, you have to apply several thin coats. Some
have reported great results after only one or two coats. Some people apply
one coat thinking their problems will be solved, but it takes a little more
work than that usually.
How should I use
After Z-1 is on the car,
you want to use Z-5 to fill in the swirl and scratch marks on your car
until you are happy with it. Just keep using Z-5 until you see the swirls
and scratches disappear. Once you are happy, follow up with a coat of Z-2
to heighten the gloss.
What's all the hype
about picking out the right towels?
I cannot stress enough the
importance of selecting the correct towels for your vehicle maintenance.
What are all the swirl marks in your car, it's never been buffed before?
You put them there!
The safest way to wash,
dry, remove polish residue, apply Z-6, etc.. from your paint is with a
white, made in the USA, quality 100% cotton name brand bath towel, such as
Cannon or Fieldcrest of the > $15 variety. Anything other than 100% pure
white cotton may scratch your paint finish. You should use white towels
because the dyes in colored towels can leave a chemical residue on the
paint, and cause streaking. Also, it's important to either remove the
stitched borders from your towels, or keep the towels folded in a way that
keeps the borders away from the paint. The borders (edges or designs) can
scratch your paint, as they are usually not 100% cotton.
This page was last updated on 05/28/01 by HYPRACTV