Welcome to the Corvette Forums at the Corvette Action Center!

Zaino e-mail


Well-known member
Nov 20, 2002
1996 CE LT4
I e-mailed Zaino with a couple of questions (about there products and my specific Vette and what she needs). I thought that his reply was in depth and very informative to all Vetters, so I figured I would share with you the reply. Enjoy! :D

trstringerusna@att.net wrote:

> Hello! I am interested in buying your Zaino products for the care and
> detailing of my 1978 Corvette. I have a couple of questions. Firstly, I will
> see if I have a clear coat on with a "mild abrasive polish". What do you
> recommend for this? What product to test clear coat?

> And then I'll use the Z-1 as an initial step. Then after that, I'll use the
> 3 for shine and protection? And your Zaino products aren't abrasive to the
> paint job, is it? Because my '78 Corvette is a Silver Anniversary Edition
> which is a two-tone silver/gray and the lining on the cowl of the hood and the
> sides of the car are a decal (sp?). How will your products affect the decal?
> Would they damage and/or ruin them? Or is that something I don't have to
> worry about with Zaino?

You're going love Zaino especially on all those decals. Zaino Show
Car Polish works great on all vinyl decals. It is non-abrasive, leaves
no white residue or wax buildup and actually makes the decals last
longer. It's UV40 protectant will keep the decals from shrinking, fading
and drying out. Plus it will make the decals look like they have a clear
coat over them. Try it on all the decals you'll love it.

> You said to de-wax initially to use dish detergent. I have heard some people
> like that, and some say it's bad. Isn't the acid level unbalanced for the
> delecate paint of a car, especially a '78 paint job? And with my decals, what
> do you suggest?

I don't advise making a habit of washing your car with Dawn. But to
remove wax initially it's fine and works great. Dawn will not hurt your paint..

> And lastly, what would I use (from your line of products) for a "weekly
> wash". Is it the Z-7 SHOW CAR WASH that I want to that weekly washing to get
> off surface dust and dirt?


> Or something else?
> Thanks for your time!! I look forward to using and buying your product for my
> 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Edition.
> Thomas

Thank You for your interest in Zaino Bros' Show Car Polish Products....

Your paint is clear coat....

Enclosed is a more detailed version of my Application Tips & Tricks.
Please read thoroughly. It contains some really great info.....


1. Because Zaino Show Car Polish is optically perfect (99.9%) The
optimum results are achieved by using over wax free paint.

2. If you are looking for the ultimate paint surface preparation. Use
Zaino Z-18 ClayBar first or skip to Step 3.

Zaino Z-18 ClayBay was designed to remove airborne contaminants,
paint overspray, water spots, rail dust, industrial fallout, diesel fuel
& catalytic converter residue and any other bonded surface contaminants
from paint. All cars even brand new factory paint has airborne
contaminants... Here's the deal. The non-abrasive Z-18 ClayBar will remove
any surface contaminants from the paint finish and not hurt the
clear-coat. The ClayBar will get that paint finish smooth as glass. Now
remember waterspots, bird droppings and bug guts if left on the
paint finish for any length of time. Will etch into the paint finish.
The ClayBar will also remove any store bought waxes....

I recommend you use my car wash (Z-7) as a lubricant for the ClayBar.
Just make sure to keep the surface area lubricated while using the ClayBar.
Use 1/2 capful of Z-7 Car Wash to 12 ounces of water. I use a spray bottle
for the mix. Shake it up and spray the area to be Clayed. Just make sure
to keep the surface area lubricated while using the ClayBar.

3. I would definitely recommend you remove the wax buildup on your
paint. Just use Liquid Dawn(hand dishwashing liquid) as a car wash. It
has a high alkaline content which cuts right thru carnauba wax,
paraffin, silicone oils, etc. This will get your paint finish squeeky
clean and wax free.

I don't advise making a habit of washing your car with Dawn. But for
this scenario it's fine. High alkaline products like Dawn are tough on
polishes. It will never harm the paint finish though. A car wash is made
specifically to clean without removing durable polishes. ALSO, Make sure
you remove any water spots, before you apply my products. Because Zaino
has no abrasives or harsh solvents it will not remove water spots or
stains. Z-18 ClayBar is great for removing any paint surface contaminants.
Re-wash the entire vehicle with Z-7 Car Wash immediately after the ClayBar
Cleaning Process.

4. The basic products you will need are Z-1 or the new ZFX, Z-2, Z-5(optional,
but highly
recommended for swirls and especially on darker colors), Z-6 and Z-7.
If you are going to use the NEW ZFX flash cure system, then skip step 5 and read
the ZFX
instructions below..

5. Start with Z-1 Polish Lok as per directions. Z-1 does not need to
dry. Remember do not wipe off the Z-1 Polish Lok. Apply Z-5 or Z-2
directly over the Z-1. Z-5 is the Hot ticket for a swirl free, flawless
paint finish. Usually one to three coats will accomplish that.

6. Let Z-5 or Z-2 polish dry at least one hour. Please NOTE: Zaino Show
Car Polish works best at 60 degrees or higher. However, it can be
applied down to temperatures of 45 degrees. It just will take much, much
longer to dry. As much as two to three hours drying time is required if
the temperature is 50 degrees or below. Also, If the humidity is high.
Longer drying time is necessary. Humidity is a killer on the drying time
of Z-2 or Z-5. The moisture in the air hinders drying
time up to four times longer than normal. Sorry, but I can't help this.
When you try to remove Z-2 or Z-5 when it is still wet. All you're
accomplishing is moving it around. Kinda like reapplying it. Also you
need to use a LARGE White 100% Bath size towel (please refer to my Tips
& Tricks sheet on my web site for the proper towels to use) to remove
Z-2 or Z-5. Smaller towels will not work efficiently.

To test if Z-2 or Z-5 is dry and ready to be removed. Wipe your finger
on a hazed section. It should immediately come off and leave a crytal
clear finish. If it smears, it is still wet. You can leave Z-2 or Z-5 on
for hours or overnight if you desire. When it is not humid Z-2 will take
anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to dry. Depending on how heavy you
applied it. I have applied Z-2 in the Arizona sun and it dried in
approx. 3 to 5 minutes. I have also applied it in 38 degree temperature
and it took about 2 to 3 hours to dry. Be patient. It's worth it.
Different situations affect drying times. Also, remember you have Z-1
and Z-5 both on the car. That is two products that have to dry at one
time. Takes longer. Z-2 or Z-5 does not contain any oils and once it's
dry will never ever look smeary or feel greasy. If you remove Z-2 or Z-5
before it is thoroughly dry and get any smears. Just wipe down the car
with a damp cotton towel. This will remove any smears. Don't use Z-6
until you wipe the car down. If you'd like call me and I'll help you out
with more info!

7. After removal of Zaino Z-2 or Z-5. You should wait 24 hours if the
outside temperature is under 70 degrees and 6 hours if over 70 degrees,
before applying the next coat of Z-5 or Z-2.

8. Use Z-6 "Gloss Enhancer" spray as per directions, between each and
every coat of Z-5 or Z-2. It really helps give a three dimensional look.
It's antistatic properties will reduce dust and dirt pickup by 60%. Z-6
can be used immediately after removing Z-2 or Z-5 or right before
applying the next coat of Z-2 or Z-5. Most of my customers prefer to use
Z-6 both, before and after Z-2 or Z-5 for that extra gloss boost.

9. You can switch to Z-2 as soon as you are happy with the way the paint
finish looks. Example, no more swirls, scratches etc. It's up to you.
Z-2 has higher optical properties than Z-5. You can go from Z-2 to Z-5
and then back to Z-2 as often as you want. Z-2 and Z-5 are 100%
compatible and interchangeable. You should always end with Z-2 as the
last coat because of its higher optics.

10. The number of coats of Z-2 or Z-5 is up to you. When you reach the
level of enhancement you like, normal maintenence with Z-7 Car Wash and
Z-6 "Gloss Enhancer" spray is all that's necessary. Naturally apply a
coat of Z-2 or Z-5 whenever you feel it is required.

NOTE: One application of Zaino Z-2 or Z-5 will outlast anything in the
industry and is all you'll ever need for an average vehicle. However,
Multiple coats will achieve an even deeper, wetter-looking, ultra high
gloss. Plus higher paint protection. It's up to you....You be the

ALWAYS use only 100% Cotton towels. They must be Made in USA. Brand name
(Cannon or Fieldcrest) large white bath size towels. See my web site,
for the real truth on cotton towels and which ones to use.

ZFX™ Instructions

When used as directed, Zaino Bros' ZFX™ Show Car Polish accelerator
enables Zaino Show Car Polish to cure instantly and increases
durability. This exclusive product allows you to create a “Show Car
Finish” in a day and gives your car months of lasting protection.

This kit contains a 2ml vial of ZFX™ Show Car Polish accelerator mix and
four mixing bottles. The vial contains enough ZFX™ to prepare 16 ounces
of polish.

Pour one to two ounces of Show Car Polish (Z-2, Z-3 or Z-5) into a 2
ounce ZFX mixing bottle. For each ounce of polish, add 4 to 5 drops of
ZFX™ (no more than 10 drops for two full ounces), screw the cap back on,
and shake vigorously for 60 to 90 seconds.

ZFX™ enabled polish must be applied to a clean car. Follow these easy

1. Apply Zaino Show Car Polish enabled with ZFX™ with a 100% terry cloth
applicator. Use the polish sparingly. A small amount goes a long way,
and you will be applying multiple coats.
2. Squirt a dime size dab of polish on your applicator and rub it into
your paint using back and forth hand motions.
3. Allow the polish the haze (dry) for 30 minutes.
4. Buff off the Show Car Polish residue with a high quality, 100% cotton
detailing towel.

You're now ready to apply your next coat of Zaino Show Car Polish
enabled with ZFX™. There's no need to wait. Simply follow steps 1
through 4 again. Use a fresh buffing towel with each coat. Apply no
more than three coats of Zaino Show Car Polish enabled with ZFX™ in a 24
hour period. fro optimum results use enable ZFX withing 6 hours of

When you are finished polishing, wash mixing bottle inside and out with
a heavy concentration of liquid dishwashing detergen and rinse
thoroughlyt. The ZFX™ mixing bottles cannot be reused if the polish
remains in the bottle for more than 12 hours. After 12 hours, it is not
possible to remove the ZFX™ accelerator from the mixing bottles. Throw
the mixing bottle and any unused polish contents away after 12 hours.

Call me and I'll give you some more tips on your specific situation.

Thank You,
Sal Zaino


Two comments:

Caution 1: Dawn can strip the oils out of your trim. You can safely dewax your paint without sacraficing your trim. Use 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner.

Proctor & Gamble even says not to use Dawn on your paint.

Caution 2: Dawn won't strip off all waxes, but it will take the oils out of the wax.


Well-known member
Nov 20, 2002
1996 CE LT4
3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner

What step process would this be? First? To get the initial wax off before I do anything?

Thanks!! :)


Step 1: Wash with a pH balanced cleaner

Step 2: Clay (see above post "How To Use A Clay Bar")

Step 3: DeWax with 3M GPAC


Well-known member
Feb 7, 2003
Land of Liberty
1971 LT1...gone but not forgotten
DetailingDude said:
Step 1: Wash with a pH balanced cleaner

Step 2: Clay (see above post "How To Use A Clay Bar")

Step 3: DeWax with 3M GPAC

DD, Is there a brand name pH balanced cleaner that you recommend? Where can it be purchased?

Thanks, Nick


Well-known member
Nov 20, 2002
1996 CE LT4
DetailingDude said:
Step 1: Wash with a pH balanced cleaner

Step 2: Clay (see above post "How To Use A Clay Bar")

Step 3: DeWax with 3M GPAC

Thanks!! I'll definitely do this once the weather warms up. I have to order the supplies soon so I can be ready. :)


Well-known member
Apr 26, 2002
Missoula, Montana USA
95ZR1#418, 88Z51Coupe, 69L46Coupe
That time again, get the Zaino out.


Well-known member
Aug 27, 2004
2003 Z06, 50th anniv, Millenium Yellow
The previous owner of my car did the claybar and Zaino. I continued his use with the Zaino products and am very happy with them. Haven't clayed the car yet, but have the clay for when I do again.

Craig "Z06ADCT"


Well-known member
Oct 26, 2003
Northern California
96 LT-4 6-spd Convertible
Z06ADCT said:
The previous owner of my car did the claybar and Zaino. I continued his use with the Zaino products and am very happy with them. Haven't clayed the car yet, but have the clay for when I do again.

Craig "Z06ADCT"

I just finished claying my black 96, which looked decent before I started but felt real bad with the baggie on the hand criteria. I doubt the car was ever clayed before (I bought it used). It took me over 7 hours of steady work to do a pretty good but not perfect clay job.

That's a long windy way of saying clay early and clay often. My son does his car 3 or 4 times a year and it takes him under an hour to achieve claybar perfection.

Corvette Forums

Not a member of the Corvette Action Center?  Join now!  It's free!

Help support the Corvette Action Center!

Supporting Vendors


MacMulkin Chevrolet - The Second Largest Corvette Dealer in the Country!



Advertise with the Corvette Action Center!

Double Your Chances!


Top Bottom