At least twice per year i like to hit my cars with the compound, polish and wax 3 step deal. it is a good bit of work since you are basically waxing your car three times in a row....
Detailed my car this weekend. Typically I used the Mother's 3 Step system but nobody seems to carry it locally any longer. Read online a lot of people like the Meguiar's stuff so I thought I would give it a go.
Step 1 (Ultimate Compound) Was fairly easy to put on and remove . hid scratches and swirl marks pretty nicely. Had a couple of scratches it did merely ok on .Mothers works better but it may just be more of a result of Nissan's shitty/thin car paint
Step 2 is the Ultimate Polish. Never, ever under any circumstances apply this crap in sunlight. Jesus tap dancing Christ what a total PITA to buff out if it dries even a little bit. I ended up pulling the car back into the garage to finish it and the rest of the application went OK. Thank god I did small sections at a time...
Finished up with Turtle Wax (Ice) Stuff is ok for a non carnuba based wax. water beads with it pretty well but I think i prefer paste wax more tho so I may put a coat of that on next weekend...
I don't have a buffer and apply by hand.... I think i will buy a buffer for the next time I do this.. and i will be using a clay bar when i hit it again in the fall..
I like a lot of Meguiar's products. The #26 wax is usually my go-to. The Ultimate Liquid Wax is a little tougher to use, but the bonus is it will touch up black trim.
As far as polishes, I look elsewhere. A lot of guys swear by Menzerna products, and their Power Lock sealant is hands down my favorite. Easy on, easy off.
I don't really spend a lot of time with a DA polisher, but I hear great things about this one coupled with the Lake Country pads. You'll have to pair up your pads with your polishes. I've seen a lot of great results with Menzerna FG400/SI1500, then topped with Power Lock. The good thing is you can run the next product over the old with the orbital, so it eliminates the step of removing.
I'll usually top Power Lock with Collinite's 845 or Meguiar's #26. 845 needs to go on ultra thin, and can be a real pain. Talk about sun? Forget about putting this stuff on if there's a ray of light out, or you'll have ghosting for a week.
I'll be claying and doing a full detail in the next couple of weeks now that pollen season is finally coming to an end.