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applying, you would need applicator pads.. foam ones from halfords (yellow)
buffing it off, i use microfibre towels, also available from halfords, (again yellow)
and for drying, i use a waffle weave drying towel from carwashnwax.co.uk
I use microfibre applicators rather than the yellow foam ones . Some people say they use / waste more product than the yellow foam ones but imo its negligible .Plus they are easier to hold as they are larger than the foam pads .
To dry use a waffle weave towel and plush microfibre to remove product .
The waffle weaves both have the same edging just a different colour.
The Sonus buffing towels are identical to the rest of the line with the silk binding. The Ultimates have a microfibre bound edge so are also very good. Both are better than having no binding and in real terms you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference as to whether they induce any scratching. I sell more of the Ultimate sthan the Sonus, but thats probably just down to the fact they are cheaper.
I'de buy a buffer if I were you. I put off buying one for ages but when I got one the other week I was amazed. It makes life so much easier, you wouldn't believe!
Here's how I polish my car....
Clean with Meguires shampoo & flash car wash thingy.
Use quick clay to remove any imperfections adn get a smooth as glass finish.
Rinse with filtered water (or just rinse and dry with a shammy)
Apply Meguires TechWax wiht foam applicator
Buff off with electric buffer and lambswool bonnet
The end result is amazing.....
This is the reflection in the paintwork
A small tip to help make anything applied by a foam pad go further, put a small shot/spritz of either water or quick detailer on the pad before putting polish/wax etc on it, this spritz will cut down the amount of product absorbed, so cutting down on wastage.
Put the shammy in the bin.
Get a proper drying towl which will do a far better job of drying the car such as the SONUS ones Rich was talking about, see above. The buffer you are talking about... Most people tend to "buff" off by hand with a good quality Microfibre, and use a PC (machine) for removing applying polish to remove swirls, scratches etc and give the paint some nourishment...
Even wax, I prefer to do by hand rather than via PC.
A nice easy start would be.
Wash with the 2 bucket method using a lambs wool wash mit.
Dry using a Waffle Weave Drying Towel.
Polish a good off the shelf product such as Autoglym SRP
Seal with Autoglym EGP
and top up with a nice wax, such as Natty's blue, P21s, Chemical guys XXX, etc...
Perhaps look at some tire gel and trim detail products to complete the overall look of the car.