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31st330i
04-07-2002, 09:00 PM
Here are a couple of shots of what the Medallion paint job looks like after 11 weeks. I had never used a quick detailer on the paint since it had been waxed. This was the first time applying Meguair's Quick Detailer (in the purple bottle and available at Target) to the paint. The paint appeared to have good depth of shine and felt protected. The quick detailer spray brought some
slickness back to the paint. It feels about half as slick as my BMW
sitting next to it which has a one week old coat of Zaino and a quick detail using the Z6 yesterday.

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awd330
04-08-2002, 12:21 PM
I'm also a big advocate of Medallion. I've been using it on my cars for about 10 years now with great results. I still have the detailing video tape that came packaged with my first bottle.

Previously I used #9 followed by #26, but I found the Medallion system to be much easier to buff off and more durable too.

31st330i
04-08-2002, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by awd330
I'm also a big advocate of Medallion. I've been using it on my cars for about 10 years now with great results. I still have the detailing video tape that came packaged with my first bottle.

Previously I used #9 followed by #26, but I found the Medallion system to be much easier to buff off and more durable too.

while I think I like the shine a little better from the medallion system, I think I like the ease of use and slickness to the touch of the zaino system better.

I've been using meguiar's and wholesale type chemicals (the kind you find at a car dealership such as P&S) for probably twice as long as you. I never subscribed to the esoteric brands, feeling it was just a way to spend a extra money. but when I defined my ultimate care care goal in one sentence, the choice was fairly clear. my goal is to keep my cars looking as new and as original as possible with the least amount of effort and the least amount of money spent. this lead me to a polymer (which medallion is) and then to zaino.

if zaino were to get a little more industrial by loosing the perfumes and making at least the car wash available in bulk at reduced prices, I'd be a permanent customer for life. I'd like them even better if they forgot about their other products and focused on paint care. and they sill wouldn't need to accept credit cards as far as I'm concerned. :)

awd330
04-08-2002, 01:35 PM
Originally posted by 31st330i
while I think I like the shine a little better from the medallion system, I think I like the ease of use and slickness to the touch of the zaino system better.

I've been following your posts documenting your Zaino experiences. While I'm not seriously contemplating a change from the Medallion line, I do like to hear other people's opinions regarding detailing products. I'm especially interested in hearing your thoughts on Zaino since you can make direct comparisons with Medallion. Keep us posted on the long term results with Zaino.

Just to show that I'm not a total Meguiar's junkie, I did recently make the switch from #40 Vinyl & Rubber Conditioner to 303 Aerospace for my interior dash. You can teach an old dog new tricks. :thumb:

31st330i
04-08-2002, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by awd330
Just to show that I'm not a total Meguiar's junkie, I did recently make the switch from #40 Vinyl & Rubber Conditioner to 303 Aerospace for my interior dash. You can teach an old dog new tricks. :thumb:


yes, 303 made it into my cabinet as well and I think it has a permanent home there along side meguair's endurance tire gel and lexol.

I found Eimann Fabric HI-Intensity cleaner and just tried that on my subaru wheels. so far it looks like a great product but until I can compare it against meguiar's hot tims on my BMW wheels, the jury is still out. I dilute both products 50% so at $20/gallon EF-HI is a bargain. sadly, meguair's doesn't offer a cost effective wheel cleaning solution let alone one available in bulk. I do like #36 and the hot rims but both get expensive over time, especially the #36 (which is already about as diluted as you want to go).

awd330
04-08-2002, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by 31st330i



yes, 303 made it into my cabinet as well and I think it has a permanent home there along side meguair's endurance tire gel and lexol.

I found Eimann Fabric HI-Intensity cleaner and just tried that on my subaru wheels.

Hey, your detailing supply cabinet sounds a lot like mine, although I have a shelf instead of a cabinet ;). What other products do you recommend? I'm using a few other Meguiar's products. I switch back and forth between the #00 and Gold Class washes. I also like their Final Inspection and Clear Plastic Detailer. Another non-Meguiar's product I use is Rain-X.

P.S. My previous car was a white Subaru too!

31st330i
04-08-2002, 05:16 PM
well, there's:

-303 aerospace for plastic and rubber trim
-lexol cleaner and conditioner for the leather
-meguiar's endurance tire gel (standard gloss)
-meguiar's medallion paint cleaner (I use this to spot clean oly on an as needed basis)
-zaino Z5 + ZFX
-zaino Z6 quick detailer
-zaino Z7 car wash
-50% mix eimann-fabrik hi-intensity cleaner (wheel cleaner)
-50% mix meguiar's hot rims (probably going to be displaced by EF-HI)
-zaino Z18 clay bar
-stoner's glass cleaner (displaced lifter 1 due to availability)

I have the following as well but will be giving them away to a friend who just bought a new car:
-meguiars #7 show car glaze (I don't think this works under zaino plus it marks up the black mouldings)
-meguiar's medallion for all paint
-meguair's gold class car wash
-meguiar's quick detailer
-meguiars clay bar (white "overspray clay")
-rain-x (going to try aquapel instead)
-rain-x glass cleaner (not a very good glass cleaner but does renew the rain-x a little)

items that I have but will not replace when gone:
-BMW gummi-pfledge
-lifter 1 glass cleaner ( this is actually great stuff and cheaper than stoners at $1.99 per can but my local kragen no longer carries it.)


my list of things to buy:
-zaino Z2 (maybe)
-"neat items" micro fiber towels (maybe)
-aquapel

awd330
04-08-2002, 05:59 PM
I have a 6 year old Ford Exploder (sic) that gets all the leftover products. I still have some #9 and #40 to use up on it.

Please post a review of Aquapel after you try it. I've heard good things about it, but I still have 2 bottles of Rain-X to go through.

As for microfiber, I just conducted my own mini-test a couple months ago. I didn't try the NeatItems towels but I did try Viper, NicSand, Magic, Ultimate, Max Finishing, and Big Blue Drying towels. Here's a quick rundown.

- The NicSand towels (green wax removal and yellow glass) still linted heavily after several washings. They have been assigned to household dusting.
- The Viper (green detailing and yellow glass) are decent towels now assigned to interior dash dusting.
- The Magic towels (blue) are great. The same towels are sold under the name Ultimate towel at Tacscar.com. I use these for quick detailing with Final Inspection.
- The Maximum finishing cloth is a very thin towel which is the perfect thickness for reaching the bottom of the interior back window. I use this for all my interior glass.
- The Big Blue Drying towel replaced the Absorber as my drying tool of choice. It leaves no drops or streaks.

I still use cotton terry cloths for wax removal and for buffing off dressings (leather, vinyl, tire).