Zaino is the best car show polish I have ever seen, it is expensive nbut it goes on so thin that you will have it for years. Other than new bottles of Z6 i haven't spent one new dollar on zaino in 2 years and I used about 1/8 of each bottle and have done 6 cars. The best part about zaino is once you spend a day washing, claybarring and PC'ing your car and detailing it, if you are smart you will never have to do it again, just a little touch up once a year. My Friend Randy is a Zaino dealer and for tips and hints he has a great website:
Trust me when you use this stuff correctly you will throw away everything else you own. I had hundreds of dollars of waxes and polishes (mostly 3M since my mom works for 3M) and they all went into the trash.
Couple tips, Never use a California scratcher, they are part of the reason that you have to PC your car every few years.
if you touch your car with dirt or grime on it you are scratching it, throw the California duster away.
Microfibers are your friend, but you need high quality microfibers for detailing. I have some great micro fiber towels for Z6 ing my car in between details. Best 25 bucks I ever spent. (remember to tear of the tags! very Important)
only use Z6 or any detailer after a thorough washing, if the surface is dirty then you are scratching your car. the good news is once it is thoroughly Zaino'd nothing will stick to it (except bugs, best you can do there is Z6 a Microfiber and work each bug that won't wash off on its own, unfortunately this will put microscopic scratches in your car because you are touching it with grime on it, but in my case it will be the only part that gets PC'd in the future.
Also, when Claybarring, use a plastic bag covering your free hand, it will amplify the dirt and grime on your finish. I swear you will clay bar a car til it feels smooth to the touch, and then slip a plastic bag over your hand and it will feel rough as hell. Its a neat trick Randy showed me.
Warning, once you start this it gets addicting, I am actually going to try this on my POS explorer to see if I can get the any of the shine back, not to mention you will grow acutely aware of how bad other people finishes are. I used to think most cars were shiny after a good washing, but unless the finish is taken care of all I see is crap now.
the key thing that most people do wrong with Zaino is use too much, one quick swipe across an applicator is enough for one panel, then the applicator is saturated so it will take a fourth of that to do another panel.
One more thing, alot of the swirl removers are fillers and with fillers they will wash out within the year requiring another application, with Zaino this is not an issue because they are not fillers.
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