Heres a TIP for all of the people on here who are wanting to dry there vehicle quick, have minimal water spots, and not use a towel that may induce defects in the finish.
After washing, use a leaf blower to blow the excess water off. It works wonders for me, and makes my business run a lot quicker. If the car has no wax on it, it is a little more difficult to get the water off, but if there is good protection on the car, drying it is a piece of cake. I can completely wash and dry the GT in 15 minutes.
My method for waxing.
1. Wash the car with dawn soap to comepletely remove above surface contaminants. I usually go over it twice.
2. Clay the entire car with Meguiars clay. If I am not going to polish, I will use blue. I use UQD as a lubricant.
3. Wipe down the car with a 50/50 IPA/water solution to ensure complete removal of all remaing wax, fillers or any other contaminant that may still be bonded to the surface. I go over it twice.
4. Apply Meguiars #26 wax via PC7242, Meguiars PC, or a similar DA style machine using a Lake Country red pad. I use the 4" pads because they are easier for me to use, and I get a more even coverage. They just work great for me. Apply 2 or 3 coats of #26.
5. Re-wash the vehicle using the two-bucket method, and dry it via leaf blower. Apply Meguiars Ultimate Quick Detailer following the intructions on the bottle, spraying it on, wiping the surface, and turn the cloth over and use the dry side to remove the excess.
6. Apply dressings to exterior plastics, tires and wheel wells.
7. Enjoy the brilliant shine!
#26 is one of my favorite waxes to use on a dark vehicle. I used to use NXT 2.0, but it is sometimes difficult to get an even, streak free finish.
Heres a pic of the stang I did today. The pic is after two coats of #26. My camera does not take high quality pictures, sorry. The picture should give you an idea of how nice the finish came out. Very reflective, and it looks very deep and wet. Looks pretty damn good for Ford oem paint.