the following msg is from jonw440 (jon). he's no doubt a very valuable source for detailing instructions and tips. he also has a list of good places to get all the detailing stuff. pm him if you need anything
The PC 7424 is the only way to "properly polish paint". I have done polishing by hand for over 20 years and I can not get the same results by polishing by hand. The PC really does work much better.
The polishes I like to use for swirl mark removal is Menzerna Intense polish using the Orange PC pad then follow up with their Final polish using the Blue PC pad.
OR 1Z (Einszett Paint polish and their "Metallic Polish" work the same way but are easier to polish by hand. The Metallic polish has a small amount of wax in it.
Once the paint is polished to a good gloss I like to use Klasse All in one paint cleaner and then finish using their Sealant Glaze. NOW once the sealant glaze is on you can add as many layers as you wish. (Just make sure you wait 24 hours between coats).
I have added 10 layers but really 3 or 4 is sufficient. Then for more of a wet look put a carnuaba wax topper on the SG. I like P21S or Sovereign Pinnacle.
For touch ups between washings, I found 1Z is the best detail spray I have used so far!!
Make sure you use quality Micro fiber towels. Autopia has fantastic towels. Their buffing towels come in a pack of two and are far softer than anything I have used.
For exterior trim and tires Einszett Tiefenpfleger. It will not wash off from rain, snow or car washing. (that was the requirements when they developed it.
For rims P21S wheel cleaner or Sonus. (I just tried Einszett wheel cleaner yesterday for the first time and I found it to be a little strong. I am staying with Sonus or P21S.
After the rims are clean put the Klasse All in one and the Sea;lant Glaze on them. The Klasse will stand up to brake temps, and road temps, unlike regular carnuaba waxes which doesn't.
For cleaning tires I use Mother's rubber cleaner and a stiff brush.
For a car shampoo. Sonus is great.
Make sure you use a natural sheepskin wool mitt.Use the SOnus ultimate drying towel to dry.
For glass I just got Einszett glass cleaner but have not tried it , so I would recommend Eagle One 20/20. Use two MF towels to clean one to clean and a dry one to buff the glass. Have you used clay before?
If not that would be the first step in paint cleaning.
I clay using car shampoo as the lube. I wash rinse and re soap one panel. Then take the clay and with slight pressure rub back and forth. You will feel the crud stuck on the paint. Once the paint feels smooth without any little nubs of resistance re wash then rinse. DO one section at a time. Like the fender, then hood, etc.
For interior care I like to use Einszett Tiefenpfleger. Or to clean first they do have a vinyl cleaner then add the Tiefenpfleger. For carpets Wurth interior cleaner is great. Spray and agitate with a small hard bristle brush. The wipe off with a damp white towel. Finish with a dry white towel. It may take a few applications, but once the white dry towel can not pick up any more dirt, vacuum after an hour.
For weather stripping Einszett make a convenient "roll on dressing"
For door jambs use the Einszett detail spray.
Breakdown of recommendations
CLAY............Autopia brand or Clay Magic
BUFFER.. Porter Cable 7424
BUFFING PADS... Sonus Pad Kit (you get 4 foam pads,backing plate and MF buffing pad. Great kit!!)
POLISH .......Einszett Paint Polish Or Menzerna Intense polish
FINAL POLISHING... Einszett Metallic Polish or Menzerna Final Polish 2
PRE CLEAN SEALANT... Klasse ALl In One
SEALANT....Klasee Sealant Glaze
QUICK DETAIL SPRAY... Einszett "Lackfinish" or Sonus
WHEEL CLEANER ....P21S or Sonus
WHEEL WAX...Klasse All In One then Sealant Glaze
VINYL RUBBER PROTECTANT......Einszett Tiefenpfleger
WEATHER STRIP PROTECTANT..Einszett "Camouflager"
INTERIOR CLEANER (carpet/seats) Wurth interior cleaner
INTERIOR VINYL...Einszett Tiefenpfleger(Or for a "MATTE" finish use their "Cockpit Premium")
GLASS CLEANER...... Eagle One
MICROFIBER TOWELS....Sonus Buffing towel, Drying Towel, and Detailing towel(All three are Really great towels!!)
WAX APPLICATORS (by hand) Micro fiber or foam)
GENERAL PURPOSE CLEANER(under hood,suspension parts, etc)...303 Aerospace cleaner (It's safe for aluminum)Don't use "Simple green" on aluminum!
Well there is a list for you.