here's where i bought the stuff. Z-AIO, ZFX, and Z-CS.
yeah there used to be a long line of steps, layers and procedures. they've since come out with the all-in-one product, but still have the other products for professional detailing.
i tried to follow their faq's and suggestions during the process. all-in-one is all i considered, but the Z-5 will smooth out and "hide" some spider webbing and light scratches (i don't have Z-5, so i can't verify their claims). this process is where you'll use some elbow grease getting a smooth finish. and lots of applications.
at any rate. my process was this: i just used dishwashing detergent to wash the car (they said use Dawn. it removes previous waxes, etc and cleans well), a 220 mph leaf blower to dry and then wipe the car down to dry it completely.
then i used the clay bar to knock all the stuck stuff that didn't wash off. meguiars
has a great video on the process. i could not believe my new car had so much contaniments on the finish and it was a little rough when i felt it. after the clay bar, it as sooooo frickin' smooth. i used a clay kit that meguiar's makes because it was available locally.
then i applied the all-in-one + the ZFX cure accelerator. one oz of AIO + four drops of accelerator. in the garage, cloudy outside, 75% humidity it dried/cured in less than thirty minutes. then, i buffed it off with a large, white cotton towel. (the accelerator is extra twenty bucks, but it's highly concentrated and will get a lot of uses.)
afterwards, i applied the clear coat, Z-CS. believe them when they say use sparingly. i used too much and should have practiced on the ford before trying the mazda. regardless, it just took extra buffing to "fix" the clear coat.
maintenance. i plan on just using "joe blow's" car wash (i have some old armour all car wash that'll work). i'm guessing it won't be for another four or five months before i have to polish again. could be wrong. might do it again in a month.
i'm going to work on a six year old ford escape next. the finish has some swirling and spider webbing. i'm not confident that the all-in-one will completely even out the scratches, but i don't want to spend any more for the Z-5. scratches aside, the reflectivity should definitely be there. can't wait to try it out.