Been lurking around here for a bit and seems like there are some pretty sharp guys on here with some good info(methodical in particular i have noticed and i am sure there are others)
Here is what i do, any thoughts?
1) good rinse of entire car in shade
2) start with wheels and tires- use simple green on wheels, wesley bleech white on tires. Any buckets or tools used are not used for other areas of the car.
3) i have designated bucket and microfiber mitt for washing car, i use a meguires car soap in purple bottle crystal something. I start at top of car and work my way down. i am careful to rinse mitt before going back into bucket. i try and wash horizontally with the mitt and not do circles while washing. Trying to avoid swirl marks? i rinse frequently and try and keep vehicle wet while washing to avoid water marks.
4) For drying i use a clean water blade followed by microfiber cloths. i am careful to make sure the microfiber is clean as i know they are like magnets for everything that will scratch your paint. i will take car for a slow cruise around the block to blow out water from the stuborn areas and then dry areas as need be.
5) in between washes if there is no rain i will use a california car duster and some spray wax with a clean microfiber to touch up the car.
My waxing process is as follows, currently i only do this twice a year.
1) clean the car as described above.
2) clay bar the entire car with clay bar from auto store, mothers or meguires yellow clay bar.
3) wash car again
4) use a $10-$15 paste wax from the auto store. i use one of those round hand aplicators and try and put wax on in a horizontal manner rather than swirling it on. i then buff it off with a clean microfiber.
i do this twice a year, spring and fall. With my new STI i have the gray metallic color and i am worried about the dark color showing scratches so i am thinking i need to wax this thing a few more times a year and have some questions.
1) I clay bar twice a year. Should i clay bar everytime i wax?
2) Does clay bar remove existing wax?
3) if i decide to wax more often what should i use to remove the existing wax? Dishsoap? Do i need to worry about removing existing wax?
4) What is up with all these other processes, glazes, polishes, sealants ect. Do i need to add any other processes to my waxing process or are those other steps for distressed paint?