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Old 10-03-2005, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by MEGAREDS
Don't know anything about making paint hard, but be sure to use the clay bar when you Zaino the car the first time. My paint has never been so dirty as the day it was delivered. I could literally hear the bar removing the shards of dust as it moved across the finish.
Yep, it was probably rail dust, which if allowed to stay in the paint could cause all kinds of problems, including tiny rust spots.

Clay the car asap, and follow with Zaino. If it has swirls, use a polish first.
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Old 10-03-2005, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Kukumalu
Just got my 8. Woohoo. Is the advice to Zaino it asap or to wait a bit for the "paint to harden" as someone put it to me. Is every sec without zaino hurtin' my ride? ;-)
Nowadays, a car's paint is fully cured right from the factory due to a special heat curing process. You can wax it the first day you get it if you want.

But, if you get a paint job done thats aftermarket(repair or custom paint job), you need to wait 6 months for the paint to dry.
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Originally Posted by staticlag
Nowadays, a car's paint is fully cured right from the factory due to a special heat curing process. You can wax it the first day you get it if you want.

But, if you get a paint job done thats aftermarket(repair or custom paint job), you need to wait 6 months for the paint to dry.

The exception are cars made in England.
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Old 10-04-2005, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by staticlag
Nowadays, a car's paint is fully cured right from the factory due to a special heat curing process. You can wax it the first day you get it if you want.

But, if you get a paint job done thats aftermarket(repair or custom paint job), you need to wait 6 months for the paint to dry.
According to Sal Zaino, you can use Zaino two weeks afer a repaint, he said " if it isn't cured by then, it will never be"

If you wait six months after a repaint (ofr repair or custom paint) your paint will be exposed to alot of nasty and will suffer the consequences.
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Sal had his operation he goes by the name Sally now. He probably just rubbed too much.
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Which means that for new cars, I can just get down to it immediate and Zaino! Cool. I can't wait to see the shine on my Vred. And thanks for the tips, will remember that about repaints, but let's hope I'll never need that!
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Old 10-07-2005, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Kukumalu
Which means that for new cars, I can just get down to it immediate and Zaino! Cool. I can't wait to see the shine on my Vred. And thanks for the tips, will remember that about repaints, but let's hope I'll never need that!
Hey bro....for your new V Red, head down to Cazcomp at 21 Simon Rd (Tampines Rd and Upper Serangoon) to pick up the Zaino products, ask for Chandra. Once you have the kit (make sure you get claybar, Z2 pro, ZFX and Z8 minimum) send me a PM to arrange a time for application...I can show you how it's done
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:00 AM
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My Yellow 8 Zaino to the MAX !
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Just one more pic.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:19 AM
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Exactly one year and about 20 Zaino coats later.....

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Here is our 8 after Zaino

Done over two Satrudays, 2 coats of Z5 with Z6 in between and then 1 coat of Z5 and one of Z2 with Z6 in between. Sorry about the file size.
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Old 11-13-2005, 07:40 PM
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Last two....

Here is two more.
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Originally Posted by goforwand
This is after just a wash and Z-8...last Application +2 months ago.
WOWSERS!!! That is freakin' impressive. On your last application, how many coats of zaino did you use?

Its been about 5 months since i last polished the car, and even longer since claybarred it.
Its almost time for another zaino party.

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Old 04-28-2006, 05:57 PM
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Hey Polak,

How about showing me some love! Jedi54's Brilliant Black

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So jealous....I cant wait to Zaino my 8!

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Hey Polak,

How about showing me some love! Jedi's Zaino'd Brilliant Black

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Old 04-28-2006, 07:29 PM
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I may be biased, but black sure does look awesome when it's clean...

Props to Genisis's red, that looks reeeeeeal good.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:30 AM
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Anyone done a whitewater yet? My fiance and I are looking for something good for the car - this looks like it but I'm curious what it looks like....
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:58 PM
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I just bought a whitewater and want to know how this polish will work. Does anyone know?
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I just bought a whitewater and want to know how this polish will work. Does anyone know?
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:33 AM
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im not gonna lie... the cars loook amazing with the zaino.. and if i were to buy zaino id get the full complete package of everything.. i love my car to death and everything but i currently use eagle 1 products and they work fine... and eveyr 2 weeks i give it a coat of Nu-Finish which seems to hold it up nice too.. only thing stopping me from becomming a Zaino addict is the amount of time it takes to apply to get a full show car shine. I really dont feel liek spending 6 hours of my weekend Zainoing my car.. i also have work and school and i need time to do other things.. 6 hours polishing a car is just rediculous and for those of you who have the time ur very lucky =] i would definatley do it in a heartbeat if i had more time on a weeeknd.. i like to take my car out on the weekends after owrk or somethin and just go for a drive .. yes i want it to look good and clean but i dont want to spend 6 hours on it when i hav other things to do,... how long does it last for anyway? One application of zaino products? im talkin the full dawn wash, clay bar, the Z2, ZFX, Z5, Z7, buff off, Z7 again buff off spray Z5 etc etc whatever the process may be...can you also do 2 or more applications of the shiny stuff before the car is actually completed? or do you have to go back and start all over again before you can apply the 2nd coating of zaino..meaning re wash it with the claybar and everything.. or could u just be putting Z2 after Z2 after Z2 or whichever one it is.. im so ocnfused by this.. why couldnt Zaino just use regular names for the stuff instead of letters and numbers lol..
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:20 AM
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Without going back and reading this whole thread, I can personally tell you that you will never spend six hours on your car when using Zaino. I can possibly see it during the first application if you are completing every step that you described above. However, the beauty of Zaino is that you do not have to perform all of those steps. Any of thier products can be the final step. Obviously if you want a "show car shine" it would be needed, but not very many people, especially daily drivers, can maintain a show car appearance.

With that being said, lucky for me, the person that I bought my 8 from was one of these types that would litterally work on it a couple of hours every weekend. With the exception of rock chips, there was not a single swirl mark etc. to be found.

I personally hate cleaning cars, but since the 8 is so nice, I wash it once a week. I kept threatening to buy the starter kit, but the water never stopped beading. Finally almost a year later I broke down and bought the Ultaimate Protection Kit due to swirl marks from my normal washing.

The first couple of coats of Z5 removed almost all of them. With the ZFX, I could literally start buffing in about 5 minutes. Now that I am just adding coats here and there, I can do a coat of Z2 or Z5 in about 20 minutes. You put it on really sparingly, so the effort to remove it is less that actually washing it.

The only time you will have to clay bar, is if you have impurities in your paint. It works great on water spots and cleans the **** out of your windows.

Take the plunge, you won't be dissapointed!
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this is my first zaino application..i drove down 20 hours straight from massachusetts to florida for my younger bros wedding...i received my zaino products in the mail before i left for florida...was dying to use it ...i ordered everything even the new trio kit...except for the leather ,wheel and glass cleaner stuff...florida has better weather so i was waiting till i got there...when i got down i had nothing but bug guts all over the car..took 2 days to apply this stuff because i started kinda late and ended up finishing it up the next day...i usually use meguires new stuff the nxt...but after using zaino i won't switch back to anything...best stuff i've ever used(my opinion)...i don't even wanna drive the car..haha...but here are the results...this is what i did:
1.wash with dawn
2.clay bared
3.washed with w7
4.applied the Z-AIO
5.applied 2 coats of z5 using z6 in between coats
6.applied 2 coasts of z2 using z6 in between coats
7.did a wipe down of the new z8 after the final coat of z2
8.applied the new z-cs waited 12 hours
9.applied the final coat of z8
pics of my rx8

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Old 08-21-2007, 03:42 PM
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Good stuff here. The most important thing is the prep work. You can get outstanding results from cheaper products as well if you take the time. How long it last is a question based off a lot of factors not just the wax quality but Zaino sets a pretty high bar. I've been trying different products and usually get about the same results but may try Zaino to be accepted by my peers. I swear, a lot of you guys would marry Zaino if the Bush administration deemed it legal.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:12 AM
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I'll post pics of my wwp once I get a chance to zaino it. My gf got me zaino for valentines day... and "Street Turbocharging"... She's convinced I'm gonna kill myself if I put nitrous on my car, but for some reason, she doesn't connect a turbo with danger..
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:37 AM
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https://www.rx8club.com/rx-8-multimedia-photo-gallery-6/my-wwp-its-first-2-coats-zaino-138280/

As promised... I'll take more pictures after I do more coats when it gets nicer outside..
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