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Old 09-19-2012, 04:35 AM
Kar Don Kar Don is offline
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Originally Posted by jjsC6 View Post
$500 is a bit steep for a coat of polymer wax that can be bought for about $12 a bottle (that will do several cars). The steps are the same for any wax btw. Do some home work on products like Zaino, Rejex etc (but don't buy into all the layering). I can get the exact same results by washing my car with Dawn detergent, then clay bar the car (takes about ten minutes), then putting on one coat of Zaino All-In-One with an orbital buffer, then one coat of Zaino Z2. This whole process takes about two hours at the most and will cost me maybe $40 in products that will do several vehicles.
Opti-coat is 60 bucks for a small syringe and will put Zaino to absolute SHAME. Keep in mind I was a huge Zaino fan circa 2000-2008.

You will definitely NOT get the same result from the process you listed. Paint polishing is needed on a black car with swirls and Zaino has no protection/hydrophobic properties compared to opticoat. Proper paint correction takes a LOT of work and $500 is about what I would charge one of my friends to do their car.

Here is my Black E350 after light polishing (1 pass) and 1 coat of opti-coat (can't layer opti-coat). As you can see no swirls and fantastic shine.
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