WAX IS BETTER? Zaino or Zymol?
We performs a test of these two popular waxes.
on the hood section to enlarge]
1991 Acura NSX hood with 4 different popular waxes applied.
some time now, there has been a great debate being raged on most car
which wax is better; Zaino
I've had my doubts about waxes over the years, but never took the
time to buy 3 or 4 products to test them side-by-side. But after all
of the discussions on the forums,
I figured it was time that we settled this thing once and for all.
be fair, I should tell you that I've been a long time fan of Zymol's
products. Before I began this test, I would swear by the NSX Wax.
Plus, Chuck Bennett, the owner of Zymol is a great guy who is always
willing to support the NSX community during big events.
bad thing about doing a test is getting people to help judge the
results during the test. Only so many NSX'ers have the time to come
over to my house to touch, feel, and decide which wax looks best on
an old NSX hood. I had to figure out a way to make the test fair to
the manufacturers and to the NSX community.
decided to take a 1991 Acura NSX hood with minor damage and section
it off, then apply the two waxes and see which looked the best and
lasted the longest. My wife was a big help, she figured out how to
section off the hood without damaging it. She went to a local car
wash and asked them to donate a wax pencil which worked great and
held up perfect for the 30 day test period.
had some Zymol NSX wax, but needed to get some Zaino and maybe a
couple of others to test. I emailed 3M, Zaino and Meguiar's. Only
Zaino contacted me back and offered to send me some products to
test. Since some people swear by Meguiar's, I decided to go buy some
for the test. So we used Zymol, Zaino, and Meguiar's. I even bought
a cheap bottle of the blue Zymol that you see in Wal-Marts to see
how much better the expensive Zymol NSX wax is. I've been told that
the cheap Zymol wax is just re-bottled Turtle Wax. But I wasn't able
to confirm that rumor.
& POLISHES TESTED
Z-2 Show Car Polish - $12.95 per bottle
Z-1 Show Car Polish LOK, "Pre-Cleaner and Gloss
Conditioner" - $8.95 per bottle
NSX Glaze - $144.00 per jar
HD-Cleanse - $25.50 per bottle
Gold Class, Liquid Clear Coat Car Wax - $12.95
NaturalLiquid Auto Polish - $20.00
STEPS OF THE TEST
After confirming that the hoodwas
good and clean, I used the wax pencil to section off the hood into
five parts and mark each section as 1 through 5.
was cleaned with Zaino's Z-1 Show Car Polish LOK, "Pre-Cleaner
and Gloss Conditioner". The directions say to apply the Z-1
with a cloth or applicator, and then apply the wax right over the
product. It say's that you don't have to wait for it to dry and you
do not remove the haze before going to the next step. This was
really easy work.
I then applied the Zaino Z-2, "Show Car Polish for clear coat
finishes", to the section
directly over the Z-1. The directions were simple, using the
applicator, apply a small amount of polish to the surface and let it
dry for at least 1 hour. Then remove it with a 100% terry cloth
towel. Applying the Z-2 polish was simple and easy to remove after
an hour. No buffing or polishing was required to create a perfect
On the second
I applied the Meguiar's Gold Class, Liquid Clear Coat Car Wax. The
directions said to apply the wax and remove it with a 100% cotton
towel. We used new towels for each section to be sure we weren't
contaminating them with the other products. The Meguiar's was simple
to apply and didn't require a lot of effort to remove and buff to a
cleaned with Zymol's HD Cleanse, "Paintwork Cleaner". The
directions said to apply the Cleanser with a terry cloth towel and
using medium to heavy pressure, work the product into the paint
until it feels sticky. Then buff it with a clean cloth. This took
some work, but the paint looked very nice when we were finished.
Now the third
was ready for some wax. We applied the Zymol "NSX Glaze"
following the directions carefully. I put a very small amount of the
NSX glaze in the palm of my hand. Using the warmth of my hands to
melt the Carnauba. With my hand, I gently applied the glaze in a
light, even pattern. I let it stand for 45 seconds, then used
moderate to heavy pressure to wipe slowly with a towel before the
wax totally dried. Then I buffed it lightly after three hours later
to perfect the shine. This took a lot or time and work, but it sure
looked nice when we are finished.
We decided to leave section four un-waxed. We needed something to
compare the other sections to. So we did not wax section 4 at all.
It was left clean and free of any waxes.
I applied the Zymol Natural Liquid Auto Polish to section
The directions were simple to follow, just apply the polish and buff
dry. Then buff to a shine. This was as easy to apply as the Zaino
because I saved one step by not using a pre-cleaner.
We placed the hood outside, in direct sun light for 30 days. NSX'ers
were invited over to vote and we also asked friends to give us an
applying the waxes and polishes, my wife and I stepped back and
looked at the hood to see which section had the best gloss finish.
Since this was more of a subjective test, I didn't expect us to see
much difference and I was right. You really couldn't tell the
difference in shine between the cheap Zymol and the expensive Zymol.
Even the un-waxed section looked almost as shiny as the others did.
one: So we began to touch the hood with our hands, closing our eyes
to see if we could feel a difference. Sure enough, we could
tell a big difference in sections. The un-waxed section felt like a
clean piece of glass; kind of sticky when you run your fingers
across the surface. We had a tie for the "smoothest"
sections; section 1 & 5. The Zaino and cheap Zymol were by far
smoother than the Zymol NSX Glaze and a little smoother than the
Meguiar's. One major thing was discovered while doing this test. The
Zaino section would not "squeak" when you pushed your
finger down hard and ran it across the surface. The others would
squeak, not as much as the un-waxed section did, but they still
squeaked a little.
one was a tie between Zaino
Natural Liquid Auto Polish.
two: Over the course of 4 weeks, people stopped by and looked at the
hood, touched it, and gave us an opinion. They were not told which
products were used on the sections. The voting was as follows:
1.) Zaino Z-2 Show Car Polish (70%)
2.) Zymol Natural Liquid Auto Polish (20%)
3.) Meguiar's Liquid Clear Coat Car Wax (6%)
4.) Zymol NSX Glaze (2%)
5.) No wax (2%)
two, Zaino Z-2 Show Car Polish wins easily.
three: After 4 weeks, we washed the hood with a mild car wash to
remove the dust, water spots, and grime. Using a chamois, we dried
the hood off. After the hood was dry, we used a light spraying
action from the water hose with the hood tilted at about 10 degrees.
We wanted to see which wax was still "beading" or
"sheeting". The Zaino performed very well. It still had
plenty of protection and the water just ran off in sheets. Very
impressive. The Meguiar's was horrible. That section performed the
same as the section with no wax at all. The Zymol NSX Glaze did very
well. It beaded up nicely and the water ran right off of the hood.
The Zymol Natural Liquid Auto Polish performed very well too. It was
as good as the Zaino.
three, Zaino Z-2 and Zymol Natural Liquid Auto Polish tied for
first, followed closely by the Zymol NSX Glaze.
four: We then stepped back to look at the shine of the sections. The
Zaino was clearly more brilliant and shiny. The Zymol Natural Liquid
Auto Polish looked almost as shiny, but not quit as bright. The
Zymol NSX wax looked fine, but had a slight "glaze" to the
finish; almost like it had a yellow-orange tint to the color. The
Meguiar's did not look any different than the section that was not
four, Zaino Z-2 won. The Zymol Natural Liquid Auto Polish finished
second, followed by its big brother, the NSX Glaze.
five: For the last test, we to closed our eyes again and ran our
fingers over the surface to see which section felt the smoothest.
Again, the Zaino Z-2 felt perfect. Almost as good as I remember it
feeling when we first applied it 30 days ago. The Meguiar's felt
horrible. Like it didn't have any wax left. It felt the same as the
un-waxed section. The Zymol NSX Glaze felt pretty good, but not as
smooth as the Zaino Z-2 or even the cheaper Zymol, the Zymol Natural
Liquid Auto Polish. The Zaino was smoother than the Zymol Natural
Liquid Auto Polish, but not by much.
five, Zaino Z-2 won by a hair over the Zymol Natural Liquid Auto
Polish. The Zymol NSX Glaze finished third.
Z-2 Show Car Polish
Natural Liquid Auto Polish (maybe made by Turtle wax)
Gold Class, Liquid Clear Coat Car Wax
you can see, the Zaino Z-2 Show Car Polish was the best, hands down.
For the money and availability (Wal-Mart) the Zymol Natural Liquid
Auto Polish does a nice job. I guess if it's really made by Turtle
Wax and bottled with Zymol's name, you could buy a similar Turtle
me, the Zaino just worked better and was easier to apply. I'm
surprised it worked so well. For years I was lead to believe that a
carnauba wax was the best you can buy. I was wrong. Zaino doesn't
use any wax in its formula, its made from a hydrophobic-based
formula which they claim contains no abrasives, silicone oils, or
also disappointed that my favorite wax, the Zymol NSX Glaze, didn't
win this test. I was hoping that the $144 jar of wax was worth it,
boy was I wrong. It may smell nice, but it doesn't perform better.
And it's a heck of a lot more work to apply. I'm sure Chuck will not
be sending me a Christmas card this year, but we had to find out the
truth behind the battle of the Z's.
visit the manufacturers website if you have any further questions or
if you would like to read there propaganda about why there's is
better than everyone else's. But now we all know the facts behind
the Z-wars; don't we?! We were not paid a fee by any of the
wax companies and did this without their approval.