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I am sure I will get shot for this but I am distinctly unimpressed with Zaino!!!
Maybe I am expecting too much but with all the rave reviews I splashed out the £100.00 and did it 2 weeks ago. Spent a whole day doing it, the whole claybar, Z5,Z2 thing and at that time thought wow! BUT all the usual S**T and C**P still sticks to the car like glue. The only thing I would say is that it is easier to clean but as far as helping to keep the dirt off , no different to any other stuff I have tried.

Does it improve the more coats you put on???. Only it was super slick after I first did it but that smoothness in only 2 weeks has gone!

I heard people saying it lasted 6 months?
 

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I have found it to be the same as you, I imagine its better if you live in a nice climate not like what we have here. Since it doesn't seem to last very long I find using it to be no better then using anything else...
 

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I have used all types of car care products. Recently, I tried Pinnacle Sovereign wax - at $80 per 6 0z tub. The Zaino makes my car look the best. Nothing is going to keep sticky things from getting on your paint. That is why you have to wash your car. After having tried everything, Zaino is just simply the best. Have you seen my gallery after my Zaino treatment? Nothing has ever made the car look that good. And that is what it is all about, isn't it? Making the car look its best? Just my opinion.
 

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I saw a commercial recently from Dupont on a car polish that is Teflon based. It shows mud sliding off but I don't think bird droppings or the like behave like mud. Moreover, it was wet mud that slid off.

I've tried other products, but Zaino works better and I've given away all my other products. I don't think anyone can promise that dust or droppings will just slide off.
 

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I like Zaino. I have used it for seven years. If I were unimpressed with it I would just keep looking for something else.
 

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I agree that Zaino is the best thing I have ever tried. But nothing is perfect. For example, Zaino leaves such a mirror like finish that every finger print is clearly visible. However it lasts longer than anything I have used and is really easy to apply.
 

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I'm coming to the States on holiday next month. Any suggestions as to where I can pick up some of these products, or are they limited to specialist suppliers?
 

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The only way that I know to get Zaino products is by mail order. If you are going to be in the U.S. and have a specific address that you'll be at, you might try ordering it on the Internet prior to leaving so that it'll be delivered when you're on this side of the lake.
 

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jokin

Zaino isnt my choice tried them all!! zaino as far as i am concerned its as good as all the cheapr alternatives.

Its as much effort as you you put in!!

If effort doesnt = results them stop fooling yourself and buy the cheaper product too many people buy the expensive product, without having the nescessary education.
 

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Well then, gizmo55, why don't you educate us? What do you use? Show us a pic of your car after a detail so we can judge for ourselves. All the elbow grease in the world isn't going to make a cheap product a good product for your car. Why don't you "educate" all of us Zaino fools who buy the expensive stuff on what "cheaper alternatives" are viable. I, for one, am VERY interested in what you have to say.
 

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I'm sad to say this but I have to agree with adf3786.
I bought the Zaino stuff for about $180 (bought from Sweden).
I worked about 7 hours with it, three of those just doing the clay :D
And when I was finnished I thought it looked clean but it wasn't that big a diffrence. But I have two thoughts about this, the first thing is I just got the car like a little bit over a week before I made the pollishing, and the second thing is I think it might have to do with my paint color as well (I have Cubanit Silver or Pewter) as this color isn't really a high contrast color.
 

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Of course it does.
The car is soo shiny, it becomes more static (unless ur actually talking about bird crap)

adf3786 said:
BUT all the usual S**T and C**P still sticks to the car like glue
 

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Beleriand said:
Well then, gizmo55, why don't you educate us? What do you use? Show us a pic of your car after a detail so we can judge for ourselves. All the elbow grease in the world isn't going to make a cheap product a good product for your car. Why don't you "educate" all of us Zaino fools who buy the expensive stuff on what "cheaper alternatives" are viable. I, for one, am VERY interested in what you have to say.
Objection. Argumentative.

It's not a trial, counselor.
 

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OK don't know why I did this but I just wanted to see what your car would look like with yellow stripes and seats. Sorry Beleriand. Let me know if you want me to remove it :D

Though I think it do look cool in one way :D
 

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Zaino is no different the Turtle wax...wax on...wax off...it all works as long as there's carnuba.
 

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Roomie said:
I'm sad to say this but I have to agree with adf3786.
I bought the Zaino stuff for about $180 (bought from Sweden).
I worked about 7 hours with it, three of those just doing the clay :D
And when I was finnished I thought it looked clean but it wasn't that big a diffrence. But I have two thoughts about this, the first thing is I just got the car like a little bit over a week before I made the pollishing, and the second thing is I think it might have to do with my paint color as well (I have Cubanit Silver or Pewter) as this color isn't really a high contrast color.
Here's pewter after first session with Zaino:

The first picture shows light reflected unto concrete driveway from the left side of R171. There is a diagonal band of rainbow on the bumper strip from reflected light and one can see the blue sky and clouds reflected on the hood. I do admit the reflections would be more dramatic with Obsidian Black or Firemist Red.

Can you see part of me in the second picture? My thighs and leg are reflected on the left bumper strip near the midline.

No editing or enhancements were done on the pictures as I don't have any software for it, like Adobe Photoshop.
 

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Dude. You guys are smokin' crack. I'm outta here.
 

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Going back to R171200K's point then, it's no coincidence that everybody (who's posted here) that loves Zaino lives in a nicer climate than the UK generally has. Still, 2 weeks of nice shiny slk is better than a few days.
 

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In a fairly good comparison test against similar popular products, this web page indicates that Zaino was judged to be superior to the others tested: http://www.nsxsc.com/nsexcitement/waxtest.html . I've also been to several other sites which performed similar tests, and, without doubt, Zaino came out the best in every case.

I've been using Zaino for 7 years, and have been most impressed by it's ability to keep road dust from sticking to the paintwork. A quick once-over with the California Duster after a long trip, and the car is clean as ever again. And, irrespective of what adf3786 says, the product has long lasting results - especially if you use the Z6 spray-on polish every now and again.

Without a doubt, Zaino will not make much difference to the shine on a silver or white-colored car (the shine is most improved on dark colors, such as black or red), but using it regularly definitely helps the car stay cleaner-looking, longer.
 

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jmejonesslk55owner said:
Zaino is no different the Turtle wax...wax on...wax off...it all works as long as there's carnuba.
Incorrect, Zaino is VERY different to turtle wax.

Zaino is not a wax at all, and won't behave the same.

Zaino will not break up in strong heat and direct sunlight like wax will. It should definitely last a longer time then the mere weeks a traditional Meguiars or Turtle Wax does.

If applied correctly, Zaino should provide a decent finish, glossy, shiny, smooth and easier to wash then no Zaino at all. Naturally, a more rainy climate will still easily dirty a car, but a few layers of Zaino helps.

The more layers you add, the shinier it gets, plus the anti-uv protection also keeps the paint in its original color band for a much longer time.

Just my two cents.
 
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