And as far as getting it wet, it turns out it was raining a little bit this morning on my drive in. More like a dew or a misty haze, but the car still got wet a little bit. Enough for me to be impressed with how it was beading on the hood! So I guess I at least did that part right!!
I also made sure to get the plastic and the pillars between the windows already. My wife wears lotion on her hands that always seems to leave fingerprints on those black pillars, even on my last car, so I was sure to coat them as soon as I had the chance.