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#21 OFFLINE   corncobs

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:16 PM

Mine is already dusty again :-( nothing a quick wipe down couldn't fix.

The metallic flakes are a lot finer on the RR so not a lot distracting bling when slightly dirty.
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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:38 PM

Some of my conclusions are included in my post on acdii's original thread here -- response #34

 

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

Nice conclusion I just read it and I totally agree with you this stuff is awesome.
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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:10 PM

Wow,  This has been a Fantastic Post!

 

Now that I have read all of it and researched the Hell out of it,,,  Zaino,  Youtube,  this Forum, etc.

 

Here is my experience thus far:  (NOTE:  My water spigot is broke so any washings have to be done at the car wash.)

 

1.)  Started at the automatic car wash to get of the dust, etc.

 

2.)  Dried the car thoroughly to remove any dried water droplets, etc.  (took about an hour)

 

3.)  Washed the car by hand with Dawn detergent.

 

4.)  Started to Rinse by hand and realized I really need to get back to the car wash to rinse it thoroughly before Clay bar.

 

5.)  Automated car wash again to get ready for clay barring.

 

6.)  Dried the car thoroughly AGAIN to remove any dried water droplets, etc. (took about an hour)

 

7.)  CALLED IN SICK.  Wasn't going to get this done before work.

 

8.)  Clay Bar the entire car,  every nook and cranny.... (Took at least 2 hours.)   Determined a method for each panel with rocker panel's last. (Will use this method thruout my car cleaning process.)

 

9.)  Back to the automatic car wash to rinse off.  OH NO!....  The place I go to is 'Out Of Service'.  Drive around town, find another to wash the car.

 

10.)  Dried the car thoroughly AGAIN to remove any dried water droplets, etc. (took about 1/2 hour)

 

11.)  Perfectly clean car,,, and PURE PAINT....  Applied first coat of Z5 with ZFX....  NOTE:  MIxed up only 1 OZ...... and only used 1/2 of it per ACDII recommendations of a little goes a long way......  ( I was suprised at how easy it was to polish the car VERSUS how long it took me to Clay Bar the car.)

 

12.)  Wipe it all off after 30 minutes or so.

 

13.)  Z6 the whole car.

 

14.)  SPILL A WHOLE BEER ON MY LAPTOP.... While checking YouTube for further instructions.

 

15.)  Apply a second coat of Z5 with ZFX (Remainder of the original 1 OZ that I mixed.)

 

16.)  KISS MY WIFE for Getting Me Another Beer after I spilled the last one.

 

17.)  Wipe off the Z5 after another 30 minutes or so.

 

18.)  A passerby was impressed and offerred $50 bucks if I would do the same to her car.  I responded $750 but would give her a $50 discount because she was cute.

 

19.)  KISS THE WIFE AGAIN.....  explain that I was just joking.

 

 

START TIME:  Noon...............  END TIME:  10:05PM

 

Tommorrows Goals:  Put 2 coats of Z2 on the car........  Hopefully before noon,,,, or before it rains.

 

PLUS:  My Son is putting a garage door opener on our garage.  YEAH!!!

 

MINUS:  Well, none really.  It's too late to see how nice the car looks.

 

FUTURE:  I don't really clean cars,  wax, them or polish them.  This was quite pleasant.  And I look forward to doing it again.  IN ABOUT 20 YEARS.

 

This post has been so helpful,,, and I really do look forward to seeing the results after I finish tomorrow.  Would never have known about this product or even how to do it if it wasn't for the people on this forum.

 

For that I thank all of you VERY MUCH!


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:04 PM

OK.... so now I've finished....

 

Started at NOON on Friday.....  Finished up at 7:05 on Sunday.  Last 2 coats of Z2....  Z6 all along the way... and just finished the Z6 final.......

 

I do have to say......  that the quality of towels has got to make a BIG difference. 

 

I purchased 60 Pure White Terry Cloth towels from Sam's Club just specifically for this job.  Washed them twice ( no detergent)...  Dryed thoroughly and cleaned the lint thingy twice.  Let me just say that these 60 Pure White Towels...  are PURE JUNK.....  NEVER USE.... WILL SCRATCH YOUR PAINT.

 

I now will be making another purchase.. from Zaino for thier towels.  Hopefully I am done spending money on this car.  (except I need to get it tinted...)  ;)


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:39 PM

All this work and no picture :-( hopfully you are happy with the result.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:48 PM

I agree with corncobs - where is the picture? 


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

Geremy, I hate to say it, but I think you missed a very important step. Before the Z-5+ZFX step you should've applied a layer of ZFZ on its own or AIO. That acts a a primer for Z-5 and without it, Z-5 wont work as advertised.

Acdii, do you know if this is correct?

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:18 AM

Geremy, I hate to say it, but I think you missed a very important step. Before the Z-5+ZFX step you should've applied a layer of ZFZ on its own or AIO. That acts a a primer for Z-5 and without it, Z-5 wont work as advertised.

Acdii, do you know if this is correct?

He did it correctly. The ZFX mixed with the Z5 takes place of using AIO as the first step.  If you dont use AIO or ZFX though the Z5 and Z2 will not bond. (ask me how I know).  Using AIO and Z5/Z2 with ZFX though allows you to apply all the coats in one day without the need to wait 24 hours to cure.  If you use AIO you dont need to use ZFC, but you need to wait 24 hours between coats of Z5 and Z2 so it can properly cure. 


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:11 AM

He did it correctly. The ZFX mixed with the Z5 takes place of using AIO as the first step.  If you dont use AIO or ZFX though the Z5 and Z2 will not bond. (ask me how I know).  Using AIO and Z5/Z2 with ZFX though allows you to apply all the coats in one day without the need to wait 24 hours to cure.  If you use AIO you dont need to use ZFC, but you need to wait 24 hours between coats of Z5 and Z2 so it can properly cure. 

Thanks! Since I went the AIO route I wasn't sure if a base layer of ZFX was needed :)

 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:36 AM

Thanks! Since I went the AIO route I wasn't sure if a base layer of ZFX was needed :)
 
Geremy, where are the pictures?



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:23 PM

HAHAHAHA Pichers!!!  I lub it

 

 

 

I just want to clarify a few things. I have been asked a few times about which product to use with what. 

 

For best results use AIO AKA All In One as the base coat. 

 

You do not use ZFX with AIO. 

 

For the lazy and just want to give it a quick once over every few months. Use one shot of AIO followed up with a once over of Z-CS Clear Shield.    AIO+ CS lasts about 6 months before needing a recoat. You can use Z6 between coats, and after a wash to extend the life. 

 

My steps above are what is known as the Ultimate protection. 

 

Use AIO for the first coat. 

 

Use Z5 with ZFX for the subsequent coats, followed by Z2 with ZFX, and topped with Z-CS. Finish it off with Z8 the following day. In between coats do a once over with Z6.  Takes 2 days for this method, a full day the first day cleaning and prepping, followed by maybe an hour the next day to give it a once over with Z8.

 

Now, if you do not have ZFX, dont panic, just plan out for 3 days.  Do AIO followed by Z5. Wait a few hours for it to set, then wipe down, apply Z6, and apply a second Z5 coat, let dry, wipe down and let them cure over night. The next afternoon apply the Z2 and Z-CS, then the following day apply Z8. 

 

As you can see, the ZFX speeds up cure time, so you can apply up to 3 coats in one day instead of 2 followed by 2 the next day.   Z-CS needs at least an overnight rest before applying Z6 or 8. 

 

So if you just want the ease of Zaino

 

1 bottle of Z-AIO Polish

1 bottle of Z-CS Clear Seal

1 bottle of Z6 Detail spray

 1 bottle of Z7 car wash

 

The Z6 and Z7 should last about a year, the AIO and CS about 2 or 3 depending on how often you use it and how many cars you use it on.  Z7 is the car wash, and does a very good job removing bugs and gunk without harming the Z. 

 

Want the Ultimate?

 

the above plus the following

 

1 bottle of Z2 Clear Coat Polish

1 bottle of Z5 Swirl Remover Polish

1 bottle of Z8 Grand Finale

1 ZFX Accelerator kit.

 

The Z2 and Z5 will last you several years, the ZFX might last 3.  It all depends on how often you use it and where you store it.   ZFX will harden over time, so you will know when it needs to be replaced when you can no longer squeeze it out of the bottle.  

 

Do NOT, repeat do NOT use Z2 or Z5 by itself without using ZFX or a first coat of AIO on freshly cleaned paint. It will not stick and you will have wasted your time and Zaino.  You can use Z2 and Z5 without ZFX only if you first apply a coat of AIO, or are going over existing Zaino*. You just need to wait longer between coats to let it cure. 

 

 

*if recoating within the first few months only. 

I hope this clears up any confusion. 


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:42 PM

So I did this Monday on both the Fusion and my parents' Energi. I am unsure about the results. I had really high expectations for the Zaino and am not sure that the shine lives up to those expectations...check out my Gallery for some pics. I'll upload more later on after I was our car again to make sure I got all the residue off. The clay bar worked great though! I could really feel the difference!


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

These cars are so shiny to start with that it does make it hard to see the difference. What you will notice is after a few weeks and washings it will still feel like you just polished it.  I couldnt get over how smooth and silky my F150 felt 6 months later.


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

These cars are so shiny to start with that it does make it hard to see the difference. What you will notice is after a few weeks and washings it will still feel like you just polished it.  I couldnt get over how smooth and silky my F150 felt 6 months later.

I need to wash it again to get the residue off. Yesterday when it was parked outside I could still see a lot of dull patches where I didn't get all the final coat of Z-2 buffed off. By the end of the day I was so tired that I felt like my arms were going to fall off lol


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 11:33 AM

Well... you know what my answer to the residue will be... :) 


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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:59 PM

I agree with corncobs - where is the picture? 

 

Alright,,,,  Thank you for everyone's interest.  YES,,,  I think the car looks great.  In fact I don't wash cars or polish them or nothin'....  BUT on this one I'm gonna take care of. 

 

So......  after last weekends regiment with the car polishing thing.......  I have since,  Z6  after work and a full day of driving (12 miles at the most)...  and have purchased new polishing rags,,, ( I mean detailing towels).

 

Yes,  I will post pictures tomorrow.  It is now a priviledge to own this car and I am happy to share it with all. 

 

Question for corncobs:  Did you black out your car?  Your pic looks like you blacked out the grill and what not....  Just curious.  My son did this to his brand new Camaro (everything including the lights, tailights, wheels, etc. )

 

Another Question:  Reading, and reading,,,  should I WAX this car after doing all this work with ZAINO?  Some car forums say YES<<<  and some say NO>>>

 

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:12 PM

You can if you want to. Really is no reason to, just remember to remove the wax if you decide to do another coat of the Z or you will lock in whatever wax is still on the car, and it will show.


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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:43 PM

 
Question for corncobs:  Did you black out your car?  Your pic looks like you blacked out the grill and what not....  Just curious.  My son did this to his brand new Camaro (everything including the lights, tailights, wheels, etc. )
 
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If you are referring to my avatar picture it just looks like it since the picture was taken against the sunset at Arches National Park.

The only thing I changed on the outside is adding LED DRL but as you can see below just a regular RR FFH with a nice shine.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:50 AM

That's a nice shine for sure! I decided to wash mine again this weekend. Then I decided to all a layer of Z-5 :) So I washed it, used Z-6 on it, then applied the layer of Z-5, buffed it and used Z-6 again.

 

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