Zaino Polish Guide
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should I use to wash my car?
You should only wash your car
with 100% Cotton towels (white only) that are made in the U.S.A.
Only these towels will not scratch or leave swirl marks on your
paint. The knap in the cotton will absorb a fair amount of
dirt and keep it from coming in contact with your paint.
When drying your car you should use 100% Cotton towels (white
only) that are made in the U.S.A. or the Absorber. The
absorber is made from Surgical Silicone and will not leave swirl
marks on your car. However, the Absorber will not absorb
dirt or particles like the towels. Therefore, you have to
pay special close attention not to pick up any dirt with it.
You could drag the particles along and swirl/scratch your car up
some. I use the absorber and have not had any problems so
far. I wash every painted surface on my car as well.
should I do before I start using Zaino?
Wash your car (using
the 100% White Made in the U.S.A. Cotton towels) with Dawn dish
washing liquid or equivalent. You want to get rid of any wax,
polish, dirt, grease or grim off your car.
Don't dry your car off!
That would be a waste of time in this case.
Get a Clay Bar from
(Pep Boys (must be blue if you buy it from Pep Boys) or Zaino Z-18
Clay Bar). Place about 1-2 cap fulls of your favorite car wash
(Hopefully it will be Z7 Zaino Car Wash) in a spray bottle and
fill it up with water. Shake and spray until you get the soapy
water coming out. This step is optional but HIGHLY
Start on a small section of your
car. Spray the carwash water mixture in the spray bottle on the
car and pull the clay bar across your paint. What?! Yeah, don't
apply any pressure just pull it across. It should slide like a
hockey puck on ice. Again, place no pressure on the bar, let
the bar do the work for you.
Have a bug stain? Just
re clay until the stain comes off. You will need to knead your
clay bar to keep the dirt and contaminants off the surface of the
clay bar your are touching the car with. Same goes for tar spots
or over spray from the factory! This stuff is great!
Do this to your whole
car. Take your time!!! and make sure you keep the surface you are
Rewash your car using
Dawn or equivalent.
Dry your car completely
using 100% White Made in the U.S.A. Cotton towels.
8. Now you are ready to
apply your choice of polish or wax. After claying and washing your
car using Dawn, be sure to apply a polish (Zaino) or whatever you
use. Your car will be without any wax or polish it might have come
with from the factory.
tips and tricks
After you have completed washing,
claying (optional), and drying your car you are ready to apply
your first coat of Zaino. Let's start by giving you a brief
explanation of each Zaino product.
Zaino Paint Products and
Explanation of Each
- This is the base coat that must be applied before any other
Zaino product to your paint. This helps the rest of the
polishes bond to your clear coat. This should be done one
(1) time a year for show cars and at least twice (2) a year for
- This polish creates all kinds of shine! That is the job of
- This polish is for non-clear coated paints. Not quite as
shiny but it gets the job done! Just ask my wife.
- This polish fills in swirls marks and scratches helping to
reduce the number of flaws you see. Z5 also adds depth to
your paint making it look like it great!
- This is a "keep my car" clean spray. It also
reduces static so your car will repel dust instead of attract it.
It really does enhance the gloss of your car while maintaining the
- This is the car wash formula. Rumor has it that Z7
contains Z2, and really brings out that
Zaino shine while sticking another layer of shine on your paint.
One thing is for sure, this stuff smells so good you want to eat
a clean and dry (no wet spots) car!
sure you wait at least 24 hours between coats.
to Z6 between each coat of Zaino.
Z1 counts has half a coat and Z2, Z5 or Z3 must be applied right
after Z1 has dried on the paint.
If you have never applied Zaino
to your car's paint you must apply Z1 first. So just dab a
little Z1 on the cotton applicator and start spreading.
Spread Z1 very thin and that means it will be really hard to see.
Do sections of your car at a time before you get the hang of it.
It should take just a few minutes to do your whole car after you
get some practice. So remember, "Thinner is
Better", and that is what you should do. You should let
this dry to a haze before applying your next coat. Z1
usually dries by the time you finish putting it on your car.
Grab another cotton applicator
and I recommend starting with a coat of Z5 next. The same
goes for Z5, dab a little on the applicator (or paint) and go for
it. Start in the same spot you started with Z1. Once
you finish your car, simply let it dry. How long is long
enough? When you can swipe your finger through the polish
applying very little (almost no pressure) pressure to the paint
and the polish comes clean off and shines, then it is dry.
Usually takes between 15 minutes and 2 hours. This depends
on the temp and how thin you spread it. The more practice
you get the less time to dry. I would let it set for a good
2 hours before touching it if this is your first time.
Once Z1 and Z5 have dried, simply
take a White 100% Cotton towel that is Made in the U.S.A. and wipe
off the polish. Remember to turn the towel frequently so it
comes in contact with dry sides of the towel. If your polish
is not dry and you attempt to take it off, don't worry. You
are essentially just pushing the polish around on the car. Give it
some more time and then try again.
do I remove tar and other stains from my paint?
You can dab a little Z2 on a
cotton towel and add water. Gently rub the area where the
tar is present. This should remove the tar totally from the
paint's surface. For tough stains, purchase
a clay bar as mentioned above. Use the carwash/water
solution to lubricate and simply clay the affected area until
clean. Be sure to keep that clay bar lubricated! Once
you have clayed the area until it is free of debris, dry it off
and reapply a fresh coat of Zaino (or your favorite brand of
polish). You might want to throw a coat of Z1 back on for