Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday November 18, 2017
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Car Care & Detailing

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-06-2001, 03:09 PM   #1
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 6418
Join Date: May 2001
Arrow Meguiars or Zaino?

i've read alot of posts saying how good zaino is. i myself use meguiars.
is there anyone who have used both products, and is able to tell me which is the better wax, and polish?
i feel like waxing with something new.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.

Last edited by ScoobyBoy; 09-06-2001 at 09:39 PM.
ScoobyBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 09-06-2001, 04:12 PM   #2
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 2512
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Golden Valley, MN, USA
2007 Forester XT
garnet red


I've used both. It all depends on what your criteria are for the end result.

If what you want is shine, the Zaino is hands down better than anything I used from Meguiars. I used it on a black car and the result is amazing enough that people come up and ask what the heck made it shine like that. I'm not sure the shine advantage would be as obvious on a lighter colored car.

If what you want is protection, I don't know if there's much of an advantage to one over the other. It's wax vs polymers.

If what you want is ease of use, I think Zaino might be easier (after the initial process anyway), but not by a huge degree. It just seems like it takes less rubbing to polish off the haze after it dries.
gjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2001, 04:35 PM   #3
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 8717
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Austin, TX
2002 Impreza WRX
Midnight Black Pearl


i've never used meguirs but you should really try zaino. the stuff is awesome. its been rainy and wet here lately and usually my little black subie looks like crap anytime its wet, but i put on some zaino last weekend and it still looks great. the shine is incredible and it really protects.
PhantomOG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2001, 06:05 PM   #4
Eric Gagnon
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 46
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
2001 Jetta 1.8T


Don't forget about the Klasse line of products. They work amazing and last 6-10 months. The shine is deep and hides swirl marks very well.

The "All in One" followed by "High Gloss Sealant Glaze" gives great results.

Eric Gagnon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2001, 07:01 PM   #5
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 8947
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: east coast
2002 WRX


I want to see if it really works magic, but.. I have been looking around couple of places but none of them have it, where is the best place to go get this stuff?? I havn't waxed my wrx yet and I want to try zaimo for my first wax job.
twintwooorbo911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2001, 09:16 PM   #6
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 9026
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: If I knew, I wouldn't be lost!

NotoriousWRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2001, 11:28 PM   #7
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 9158
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
02 WRX Wagon 5spd
Platinum Silver Metallic

Default Used both, prefer Zaino.

I used Meguiars Gold Class (clear-coat prep and then wax) on my previous car for 5 years, and have just switched to Zaino for my new WRX.

I have to agree that Zaino is easier to apply. At the very least, you don't have to remove the Z1 before applying the Z2, and Z1 is only needed once ever 6 months or so. With the Meguiars clear-coat prep, I was effectively waxing twice. (You can also go with the Meguiars 1-2-3 products to clean, polish, and then wax, but that is even more work!)

Since my car is already shiny silver, I can't tell if the Zaino is producing a better shine. Other people with dark cars (esp black) claim that Zaino is wonderful for shine.

As for protection, it is too early to tell. My first impression is that water beads better with Zaino, but water beading is only one form of protection. I emailed Sal Zaino asking about protection, and he assured me that his products will protect better than wax. But that may be just salesmanship.

Just a clarification: Zaino is called a polish, but contains no abrasives, and provides protection, so I think of it as a wax in function.

Zaino is available via mail order only, go to their website to print an order form. I recieved my order within a week of mailing the form.
Asha'man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2001, 02:42 PM   #8
Martin Ritchie
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 6771
Join Date: May 2001
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Naples, FL, USA
2013 Forester
04 WRX Sedan Red


I like the Klasse. It is not a wax but an acrylic finish and it really lasts a long time. Check it out at:
Martin Ritchie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2001, 07:43 PM   #9
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 4366
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
2002 Impreza 2.5 TS
Midnight Black Pearl


I just switched to Zaino. It is a polymer, like Klasse. Klasse all in one has abrasives, and the Sealent Glaze does not. A lot of Klasse users put something called Blitz wax on top of the Klasse, for better shine I think. The Zaino has no abrasives, so you should clay or polish your car before applying it, as well as wash with Dawn to remove all the old wax. I have used Meguiars, among others, and find their professional line is great, and the consumer line is pretty good.

I like the Zaino since it shines the same or better than regular wax but lasts longer. I have less and less time these days to take care of my car so that is important.

However, nothing is wrong with wax - it shines well and offers good protection. If you like waxing regularly, and like the look of wax - go for it. My car is parked outside under an oak tree - sap in the spring/summer, acorn shells and squirrel poo in the fall, so I wanted something more durable. On my black car I found wax made it look like 'liquid metal' where the zaino makes it look like there is a fresh coat of super shiny glass over the paint. Hard to describe, but there is a slightly different look to each.

As for ease of application, I think Zaino is easier. I use almost no pressure what so ever on the cotton terry towel to remove the excess. Just lightly run if over the car and presto, great shine.

Have fun whatever you use. Most quality products will make you happy, I am sticking with Zaino for now - it makes me happy. In the end, it is the skill in the application that will make your car look good, not the product.

JNaubur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2001, 10:22 PM   #10
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 6418
Join Date: May 2001

im pretty much convinced to switch to Zaino. thanks all.
ScoobyBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2001, 10:57 PM   #11
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 7696
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
2002 WRX Wagon


Just wanted to comment on the shininess of Zaino on silver cars. It looks good during the day, but the bright ambient light from the sky drowns out all the deep and subtle reflections from the polish on the paint. It doesn't look any better from a distance than normal wax, although when you get up close you can tell it's something special (it looks very slick, and in fact feels incredibly smooth to the touch).

However, at twilight, dark overcast days, or night, there is simply no comparison. The silver car with Zaino literally glows and looks just as good as dark colored cars. I just love looking at my car at night in a parking lot filled with street lights. Every curve of the car is covered with beautiful highlights and reflections, it's difficult to describe how good it looks. It will certainly get a lot of attention at night and put to shame any car using normal wax.

BrownKiler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2001, 03:57 AM   #12
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 9555
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New Jersey
2002 WRX
WR Blue Pearl


I've used several waxes even the expensive zymol(concours) but nothing compares to the ease of use that Zaino provides. And Zaino STICKS to the paint. When I had my wing painted and installed, the owner of the bodyshop asked me what type of polish i used. He said he's never seen anything like it in fact it even made the solvents he use bead. Zaino's the way to go. You'll see.
NJPinoy is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Meguiars paint cleaner or Meguiars Ultimate Compound? Chaz2.5 Car Care & Detailing 1 11-18-2009 11:50 PM
Meguiars Detailing Meet/Class @ Meguiars in IRVINE. WHOS INTERESTED? ImTooRexy Southern California Impreza Club Forum -- SCIC 68 11-29-2004 11:34 PM
Pic Request-WRX MEGUIARS front bumper or kit 02blueWRX Off-Topic 6 11-28-2004 03:21 PM
Anyone used Meguiars Clay Bar? HIHO Interior & Exterior Modification 9 10-01-2001 08:40 PM
Meguiars claybar? Ken Vancouver Impreza Club Forum -- VIC 7 04-19-2000 02:53 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:19 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2017 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2017, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.