___I am a bit of a Zaino zealot myself although I have only applied the multiple formula(s) to the MDX and the Corolla a few times now … It really works giving a wet look to the surface and it works for a heck of a long time. Longer then any wax given the Polymer’s used don’t break down as readily as any
wax you could possibly purchase.
___As far as using a Claybar, first Dawn wash (Liquid non-scented Dawn dish washing liquid) your car to remove any older waxes, dirt, and debris. I actually do this twice for a first of the year or truly first application. After you have washed the car twice to the best of your ability, you use the Claybar with a soapy liquid (I use Zaino Z7 and water) and just run the claybar over all body surfaces. As you are moving over small areas, continually knead the claybar to expose a new surface. Just keep turning the claybar on itself every minute or so and rub the car with the claybar like you are writing with a big fat grease pencil. After you are finished, inspect the entire Insight’s surface very closely looking for anything you may have missed. The claybar will remove all kinds of junk that you wouldn’t know is there even after the two washings! You will also notice how incredibly smooth the paint/body surfaces are. The smooth surface is how you will know you did a proper claybarring.
___A few caveat’s … Never ever use a claybar that has been dropped to the ground. Simply throw it away. It’s not worth the risk scratching your paint over. Claybar the windows as well. There is always something on them and the claybar will remove whatever it is for the most part. If you can see some stubborn debris/road grime, keep working the claybar over and kneading with the liquid soap solution as your lubricant. The Claybar will take just about anything off this side of glue or some other such super sticky mess …
___If you have gone through with the trouble of claybarring your Insight, you might as well finish it off right … With Zaino, you should consider the following. After the claybar treatment, I rewash the car with Z7 (Zaino’s liquid car wash). Now its time for some Z2 (fill just 1/2 the small mixing bottle) w/ 3 drops of ZFX and shake vigorously. This small amount will be plenty to do an Insight two + times. You use Zaino very very sparingly … After the car has been Z2/ZFX polished, I thoroughly wipe it down (only 100% American made cotton towels) to remove any leftover polish residue. All other 100% cotton towels from other foreign sources are not truly 100% cotton and the stitching can actually scratch the car. Canon and Fieldcrest are the only way to go imho. Once that is complete, you can add a second or third coat or just Z6 spray over top with a wipe down afterwards or in between each coat and you are finished. A minimum 2 coats is a good start.
___For windows, I Zaino them with the above as well! They will have a RainX like action in the rain afterwards but it doesn’t last as long as RainX itself. After the Zaino treatment, I simply use Windex and newspaper (newspaper has a bit of tack to remove any water spots that may appear) to finish off the interior and exterior windows.
___Another tip … I use one of the Echo Backpack blowers to blow the car dry between Dawn or Z7 washings. It will remove just about any water that may spot from the windows and body and a quick 100% cotton towel wipe down afterwards to remove any moisture still leftover. This will make the car pristine for the Zaino polymer polish treatment.
____And don’t forget the tire black to finish it off. This is what will make the wheels/tires stand out vs. the super shiny just Zaino’ed Insight body surface.
___After all is said and done, you will have the best looking Insight in the state, guaranteed
___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.