Touchless car washes every 2 weeks in the winter, handwash every 2 weeks in the summer.
1. Touchless will of course keep the swirl marks off of your car.
2. When you're out, use a real sheepskin chamois to take the excess water off and keep it dry and beautiful. Otherwise you're gonna get water stains. No thanks!
3. Don't use the chamois on the BOTTOM of the wheel wells, skirts, rims, or lower parts in general. It'll pick up dirt and scratch your paint. Use a crap towel to wipe these lower parts off.
1. For handwashing, use a wash mitt. Simmonz makes them, they work really well.
2. Don't use car wash detergents/soaps. They suck. Use Palmolive with the scent of your choice. Three quarter sizes' worth are enough for an entire bucket of water.
3. Spray wash the car with a hose. Pressured is better. Just start at the rims and clean them out so the dirt flies eveywhere first. Then go from the top and work your way down with the hose close to the car for more pressure (if you don't have a pressured hose).
4. Use a regular cloth to clean the bottom of the car, especially around wheel wells, skirts, rims, etc. This is where the scratchy dirt is, and you don't want that wiping off on the rest of your car on the mitt. You'll wind up scratching your paint. The mitt should stay AWAY from sand/dirt.
5. You did this cleaning job yourself, so you can use the sheepskin chamois to get the car dry. Just start top to bottom just in case.
Other than that, use a good wax every 6 months. I recommend Maguire's. Good stuff! Apply this stuff in small doses with an up and down motion, no swirls
Now the bad news. You will get swirls no matter what. The best you can do is minimize them. If you get a sealer wax (wax that lasts 3-5 years), you'll still get swirls! Don't buy it!!!!
If you follow these instructions, your car will be looking good for a good 5 to 8 years. How's that for detail? :roll: