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Congrats on the new car! You can Zaino whenever you want. The car's finish is as cured as it's going to get when it leaves the factory. This is not true for aftermarket paint jobs, since the car can't be "baked" to cure it quickly.

The very basic set of Zaino should consist of:

Z1 or ZFX
Z2 or Z5
Z7

Z1 or ZFX: They both do pretty much the same thing, but ZFX allows you to save some time. You can also apply multiple Zaino coats in a day, as opposed to Z1's once per 24 hours. Either product is used in conjunction with the actual polish.

Z2 or Z5: I would go for Z5 if you only want to buy one. It will help to cover swirl marks, which are inevitable. Z2 provides a shinier finish. You can put either one on top of the other, so you can always buy Z2 later if you only want Z5 now.

Z7: Car wash. Don't wash your car with anything else once you put on Zaino.

I would also consider some Z6. Feel free to ask me any questions; I'm rather familiar with Zaino.
 

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Lighter cars definitely hide swirls better than darker ones. And by swirls, I don't mean the circular marks you see on poorly maintained finishes. Even if you just go back and forth/up and down, you should be able to see swirls on the paint. The act of washing your car involves moving dirt off of the paint, and even if you use the best towels available, some of that dirt is going to be pushed along the surface of the car. They're hard to see unless you're looking for them, but they're there. But you're right - swirls usually don't show for a while if you're careful about detailing. That includes washing regularly, polishing carefully, and using the RIGHT towels for the job.

So let me amend my recommendation - if you have a light-color car (like silver), Z2 is probably fine. If you have something more like Orient Blue or black, then I strongly suggest Z5. And don't forget to buy the right towels - don't skimp on them!
 

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I think Z6 is officially called "Gloss Enhancer." It comes in a spray bottle, and I typically use it after washing or putting on a coat of Zaino. The Zaino website does a good job of describing it.
 

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When it comes to drying, I've also had some success with an electric leaf blower as well. Sounds crazy? Yeah, but it works. :D You're right about drying the car - basically, anything that contacts the paint has the potential to leave marks. Dragging the towel across the surface - "drying," if you will - can definitely cause swirls.
 
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