I ordered a 2013 SWP WRX hatch last month, and in preparation for her arrival, I picked up a few things from autogeek.net:
1. Griot's Garage 6-inch DA polisher w/ white, blue, and orange CCS pads (came with the kit)
2. Opti-coat 2.0
3. pinnacle clay kit
4. Optimum finish polish
5. Optimum no-rinse wash
6. Optimum polish-II
7. Pad cleaner and pad conditioner
8. Chemical guy's citrus wash (BOGO)
10. A bunch of microfiber towels in bulk
My plan of attack once she arrives is to wash her with optimum no-rinse, spray w/ Iron-X, clay where necessary, hit it with optimum finish polish if the paint is in good shape, and put down a layer of opti-coat 2.0.
My question is- I have heard that the subaru clear coat is REALLY soft. In your experience, what pad would go well with the finish polish to remove any light defects and jewel the paint in preparation of the Opti-coat 2.0 application? I dont want to use too-aggressive of a pad and mar the paint, adding an additional step to the process.
Thanks for your help!