Originally Posted by Diabolic
Brian, you should deffinatly take pics and explain what you're doing when you detail your truck. Put a web page together or something. I recall a post awhile back with a member doing the complete zaino process to their corvette. Mine looks like crap and i have little experience with what i'm doing. Just a thought.
Well its too late for pics but I'll walk you through the entire day:
I sprayed concentrated Simple Green under the front and rear wheel wells and on the mudflaps and let it soak.
I washed the entire truck with Dawn Dish Detergent and a wool mitt. I immediately backed the truck back into the garage and out of the hot sun, and dried it with an Absorber® brand Chamois.
I used a Mother's clay bar (with Meguiar's Quik Detailer for lubricant since i had it on hand) on every painted surface of the truck, and even the headlights. This honestly is the most important step; Zaino isn't abrasive like other waxes or polishes, it won't remove water spots or tar or gunk or bug guts. You have to make sure the paint is as spotless as it gets. At this point I also used polishing compound to try to get rid of some tiny scratches I accumulated during hurricane Jeanne. I had only moderate success with this.
Once the paint was COMPLETELY cleaned with the claybar, I pulled back out into the sun, and used the sunlight to inspect the paint again, as well as using my hands to feel if there were rough spots.
At this point I used Stoner's Invisible Glass to clean the exterior glass, and I went back to the wheel wells with the Simple Green and a sponge to remove accumulated dirt. I hosed the dirt and Simple Green out of the wheel wells. I also used Westley's Bleech-wite to clean the tires, using another terry towel to keep overspray off the wheels themselves.
I washed the truck again with Dawn Dish Detergent and a wool mitt. By this point the trees in my front yard provided ample shade, so I continued working outside, drying the truck once again with the Absorber® brand chamois, taking care not to allow drips to dry on the paint (like the drips that ALWAYS come out of the rearview mirrors.
At this point I followed the instructions provided with the Zaino. I used the Z1 and Z5 swirl remover in combination, and allowed the two about 40 minutes to set. I buffed this coat off with a large white USA 100% cotton towel.
following the directions on the bottle, I used Zaino Z6 gloss enhancer, and buffed it off w/ a 2nd large white 100% cotton towel.
I mixed 10 drops of Zaino ZFX with 2oz of Zaino Z2 in the provided 2oz squeeze bottle. I applied the combination with a Zaino applicator pad, waited 30minutes and buffed off with the 1st large cotton towel.
I applied Z6 again as per directions.
I applied another coat of the Z2/ZFX combination again as above, and buffed out.
At this point I turned my attention to the interior, vacuuming out the floor and the seats, using ArmorAll by spraying it onto a terry towel and wiping a thin layer of it onto the plastic, cleaning the interior windows with more stoners invisible glass, and cleaning the rubber floor with the still damp Dawn-covered wash mitt from before, and drying the floor with one of the terry towels I'd used earlier.
I finished up by using Simple Green and a terry towel to clean my exhaust tips, and applying Meguiars Endurance High Gloss tire shine to the tires (rolling them 1 turn to finish, since the ground gets in the way) and by armor-alling the top of my tool box.
I should note again that yesterday I cleaned and waxed each wheel when I had them off the truck to re-torque my adapters. I waxed the wheels with Meguairs step-3 paste carnuba that I had floating around from before I discovered Zaino.
Thats it, 9 hours of work, including a lunch break, a few bathroom stops, and over 3 quarts of gatorade to replenish all the liquids I sweated off. It looked really redneck but the bandana I tied around my head did a great job of keeping the sweat out of my eyes. Although now I have like 3 pimples on my forehead.. its like high school all over again!