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07-25-2002, 04:32 PM
I order some Zaino today. I got Z1 Z2 Z6 and Z7. But, I didnt order the clay bar. Is clay barring before Zaino-ing an absolute MUST? I did the plastic baggy test, and i only felt a few bumps in a small area. Ive never clay barred before, but i dont mind doing it if i have to. Also, can i use another clay bar apart from the Zaino brand (i wont get a cheapy from WalMart)

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07-25-2002, 05:05 PM
I usually clay brand new cars, on cars that have a ton of grit embedded in the surface or if I'm doing a job for someone who's nearly as picky as I am ;-)

If you decide to clay, don't use the Meguiar's clay bar - I, along with countless others, have had tons of trouble with it streaking. It's one of the only Meguiar's products that I'm not a big fan of.

Question: Curious why you didn't choose ZFX? I've tried it and it absolutely kills Z1 - no more waiting for curing.

Good luck, take pics, and show us the results of your Zaino experience!


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07-25-2002, 05:20 PM
it will certainly improve the appearance of your paint! Itís not a big deal to do Ö. just wash the car thoroughly with a high alkaline dish detergent such as liquid Dawn (which you should do before applying Zaino or any other polymer anyway), then do the plastic baggy test. Only clay bar the areas where you feel bumps Ö using plenty of lubricant. I prefer to use a spray bottle with a little car wash and filled with water for the lubricant.

I suggest that you order a bottle of Z-5 and use it until there are no more swirl marks left in the paint, then switch to using the Z-2. If you also order the ZFX Accelerator youíll be able to do repeated coats (without waiting) on areas where there are minor scratches Ö and theyíll soon disappear. The ZFX is expensive, but only four drops is enough to do a complete polish job on my Z3. In hot weather the Z-1 and Z-2 or Z-5 combo dries in about half an hour, but in cool, damp weather it can take a couple of hours Ö and the ZFX is worth the money.

A couple of weeks ago I put a coat of Z-5 on the car, then got side tracked and didnít buff it off until two days later. I used a MicroFiber cloth lightly sprayed with Z-6 and got a terrific shine with little work!

Iím really sold on Zaino! Itís easy to apply and buff off Ö. and gives a much harder surface than carnauba. I live at the end of a 1/3 mile crushed granite drive, and even at idle in low gear the car picks up a lot of granite dust getting to the pavement. A Calif Car Duster takes it right off without any scratches.

BTW, my car is Jet Black Ö and shows the slightest imperfections.<br><BR>

07-25-2002, 11:26 PM
Drop the Z-1 and add ZFX and some Z-5. This suff lasts a long time so do it right the first time.

07-27-2002, 11:16 AM

07-27-2002, 12:47 PM
After you've done a good wash job on your car, put your hand into a plastic sandwich bag ... the <B>really thin</B> fold-over type, not the thicker ZipLock kind ... and run your hand lightly over the paint. Any small bumps will feels like mountains to your finger tips.

Any area that has bumps is a candidate for clay barring.<br><BR>

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