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Finally: Pizza!; Bought a new car, going to spend the day detailing it.

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Words can't describe how good this pizza tasted...

Words can't describe how good this pizza tasted...

Almost a full month after my cut ended, yesterday the craving for pizza finally struck. I was not in the mood for a heavy grease wheel, so I decided to make a light-ish thin crust pizza with fresh tomatoes, garlic, rosemary and basil from our gardens. Of course I had to have some Ciabatta garlic bread with the pizza. 🙂

While I ate I thought about all those long months of strict dieting and hard training, and that made the meal all the more satisfying. I definitely earned every last bite of that pizza, and I enjoyed the indulgence.

I slept great last night, and I was very surprised to find that this morning I’m not holding any water at all. My scale weight was 170.4 pounds, up just .2 pounds over yesterday’s weight. Sweet!

On today today’s project…

Long time readers know that I’m sort of fanatical when it comes to keeping my cars clean and detailed. This is especially true whenever I buy a new car: dealerships always deliver new cars looking relatively clean, but they use low quality waxes and don’t pay attention to details. So one of the first things I do to a brand new car is a proper, very involved detailing. Today I’m going to spend all day in the driveway getting the new car “car show ready”.

Since 2004 the only products I use on all my cars are from a company called Zaino. I truly believe Zaino makes the best car care products available. By the way, Zaino is not a sponsor and that’s not an affiliate link.

So here’s the process I use on the exterior (by the way, I only use top-quality, border-free microfiber cloths):

  • Wash the car with Dawn blue dishwashing soap. This is only done the first time I wash a new car. The reason I use Dawn for the first wash is that it safely removes the crappy waxes dealerships use.
  • Wash the car with Zaino Z-7 Show Car Wash.
  • Dry the car using a high powered gas leaf blower. Yes, this gets some strange looks. But this technique is great for getting the car dried without touching it, and it also gets all the water out from the nooks and crannies.
  • Claybar the entire car using the Z-18 ClayBar. Using a claybar on a new car is very important because it gets rid of all the contaminants that washing can’t. When I finish claying the car its surface feels buttery smooth.
  • Three coats of Z-5 PRO Show Car Polish/ZFX Flash Cure Accelerator Additive. This is the product that will provide incredible protection and shine for many months. Z-5 is way better than any wax products. After each coat of Z-5 I apply a coat of Z-6 Ultra Clean Gloss Enhancer Spray.
  • Finally, I apply a coat of Z-CS Clear Seal.

While today’s detailing will take a very long time, what I like about Zaino polish is that it will last about four to six months. That means after today I’ll only need to wash the car and then apply a quick coat of Z-6 Ultra Clean Gloss Enhancer Spray to get my car looking like it’s ready for a show.

Of course the interior will take a fair amount of time, too. For the leather I use Zaino’s Z-10 Leather in a Bottle. Z-10 is not only the best leather conditioner I’ve ever used, it smells amazing! I use it on our leather theater seats, too, and people always comment about how good the theater smells.

I need to get out there and get to work. It’s important to get all the washing done before the sun heats the paint! If you’re interested in seeing the completed car, I’ll post pictures on Facebook later today.

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7 Responses to “Finally: Pizza!; Bought a new car, going to spend the day detailing it.”
  1. Now why would you go to all that trouble to tell us you got a new car without telling us what kind of car you got? Also which car did you get rid of to get it or is it strictly an addition?

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    • Because the subject of the blog was how I detail cars, not what kind of car I bought for Lisa. I wasn’t being purposely coy; like I said, anyone who’s interested can check out the photos I’ll be posting on FB today.

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  2. So if the polish lasts about 6 months, do you redo the procedure above 6 months later? I’ve been thinking about Zaino-ing my car, and am just curious how people do it.

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    • Not entirely. I won’t have to do the double wash, and I might not have to claybar (that’s a judgement call). Every six months I generally wash, dry and then apply 2-3 coats of Z-5/ZFX (with a coat of Z-6 after each Z-5 coat), and then finish with a Z-CS clear seal. It’s still a big job, but I can knock it out in 3-4 hours. Not bad for a twice per year deal. The best part is that my weekly wash/detailing will take less than an hour, and the car will look as good as it does today after less than an hour of work!

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      • That doesn’t sound bad at all! I got a new car a couple of months ago and was doing some reading on Zaino products, and some head to head comparisons of how well it protects versus high end car waxes. Zaino always came out on top … Plus, every car I’ve seen that has gotten the Zaino treatment looks amazing afterward (as your pics clearly show). Thanks for the info!

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