While we are talking washing and waxing.... what about the newer coatings that are being advertised that just spray on and then you wash it off to activate it ? I have seen a bunch of ads esp on you tube about newer polymer type coatings that are easy to apply, has anyone ever tried any of that type of coating ?
I really can't call them wax but they do the same thing to protect your paint.
The only one I have experience with, and I've used it a lot as I detail cars on the side, is McKees 37 Si02 HydroBlue. After you wash your car, before you dry it, you give one or two sprays per panel, less is better really, then immediately rinse it off with your hose. Before your eyes, it will start to bead water. It's a very good product. I offer it as a $35 option when I clean a car, and I have a lot of customers that use this option. On my wife's van, I've gotten 7-8 months protection out of it. This is her daily, sits outside at her work, but is in garage overnight at home. Really is a great product. I've seen Megs, along with some other brands, have their own version, I've not tried any others.
I shy away from wax, unless it's for a show type car, as wax doesn't provide long lasting protection as say a sealant does, and wax tends to have more static and attract dust easier. Perhaps use a sealant then top with wax would be a better combo. More longevity after the wax wears off.
So how I do a cleaning, first I spray all purpose cleaner on tires, hit em with a stiff bristle brush, then rinse. That removes any tire blooming and really gets a tire clean again. If car has polished alum wheels, Can't use all purpose cleaner as it will etch the wheel, so then I just use car wash soap and water. Then I hand wash the car, using Megs Gold Class or Chemical Guys PINK car wash soap. Then if requested, while still wet, I use the HyrdoBlue, then blow dry with cordless leaf blower dedicated to car cleaning, then towel dry with a drying towel called Dreadnought. I'll then hit the tires with Megs Hyper Dressing or McKee's 37 Si02 Tire Shine. Both will give a nice sheen, not wet look, but new tire look, and are not oily or greasy. Interior panels get wiped down with Aerospace 303. 303 will restore some color to plastic panels, and leaves a nice clean surface, no oily residue. Won't dry out plastic panels.
My daily is my test vehicle. I'm doing a paint correction on it right now, trying some new products. First I washed with Dawn to remove dirt and wax, then I used Iron X to remove iron particals from the paint, then clay barred it. After that I buffed it using Sonax MaxCut, followed by Sonax Polish, then Jescar powerlock as the sealant, finished with Collinte 845 wax. White truck so I'm trying to get some glow and pop out of it as whites don't pop like dark colors do when polished and paint corrected. Solution Finish will restore faded black plastic. Jescar Powerlock sealant and Collinte 845 are supposed to be a very good match to be used together. So I'm trying it to see how I like the results.
For some of you guys that don't wash ur rides with water and hoses, there is Wolfgang Uber Rinseless Wash. Use it in a bucket of water and a bunch of microfiber towels and wash your nice car without the hose. Works like a dream.
Everything I use, I get from Amazon or Autogeek. Only thing I can get locally is Megs Gold Class car wash soap, everything else is better product than anything you'll find at wal mart or an auto parts store. IMO.