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There is no difference in direction, but there could be a difference in overlapping, pressure, and products used.

Permanent coatings obviously take more time and thought, but even semi permanent coatings and sealants can create high spots. Directions generally include straight line passes in one direction, followed by perpendicular passes to create a hatched effect which ensures even coverage. Some waxes and sealants suggest a second coat to provide even coverage, whereas others discourage it because the solvents used in waxes/sealants can strip the previous coat, or conversely, create high spots.

Straight line does allow for better paint correction in the event that you do have debris caught under your applicator and induce marring.
also very true...
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Wow... I just searched for "washing and waxing" and holy crap. I thought it was a simple hose it off, grab the wax and wipe on and wipe off eazy peazy done.

After reading the guide I'm not sure where to start and what is needed and what isn't. I just want to keep it simple.

So I shouldn't have any issues if once a year I use the merino wool wash mitt and Sonax Shampoo to wash it down, then clay bar it, apply CQuartz, and then touch up with Aquawax. or should I hand wax it after the CQuartz?

I want the truck to look nice and take care of her but she isn't going to SEMA any time soon.

Oh, I do have a clear bra on the front, I'm assuming just stay away from that with all the chemicals?
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Ok, I have a process question.
I have picked up the following items:
Meguiar's™ DA Power System
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Meguiar's DA Paint Compound Power Pack
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Nanoskin AS-009 AutoScrub 12-Inch x 12-Inch Fine Grade Towel
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Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax #845

Going to wash the truck well first. Then use the Nanoskin to "clay". Then use the DA Compound. Then the Collinite wax.

Am I missing any steps or products?
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Ok, I have a process question.
I have picked up the following items:
Meguiar's™ DA Power System
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Meguiar's DA Paint Compound Power Pack
and
Nanoskin AS-009 AutoScrub 12-Inch x 12-Inch Fine Grade Towel
and
Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax #845

Going to wash the truck well first. Then use the Nanoskin to "clay". Then use the DA Compound. Then the Collinite wax.

Am I missing any steps or products?
In my opinion, you are missing 1 very important step. My #1 step is a 2 bucket wash with grit guards. Take your time washing and rinsing your mitt so you remove as much particle as you can. If you don't remove them, you will pick them up with your clay bar and scratch the paint. But I've never used that nanoskin "clay" before.

Colinite is great, I love using it on my cars. Make sure to spread it thin.

Everyone has their own method. Feel free to look at the thread in my sig to see what I did for my cars.
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Yeah, after doing a bit of googling, I see that I didn't add a polish step. So I ran out and picked up some Meguiar's polish.

Washing is done. I foamed the truck with SuperClean and my pressure washer, then rinsed it off. Then a wash with dish detergent and a good rinse.

Now it is too damned hot to do anything... So I am going to wait a bit before I clay towel the truck. Then tonight it'll be a polish then a waxing with the Collinite.
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A cool surface is your friend! By the way--the Nano towel works great and IMHO is a lot easier to use than clay.
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Nanoskin worked great.
Either I didn't do things right or the product sucks... But the detailing compound and polish didn't resolve anything but the most minor of swirls. For all the effort and work put into this, I was hoping for much better results.
Don't get me wrong, from a distance it looks great - but when you get up close, you can still see all the minor scratches.
With the money I laid out for the tools and liquids, I might have been better off getting it professionally done.
I still have to finish waxing, it is too darned hot out at the moment... But after 8 hours or so of work, I definitely am not looking forward to ever doing this again.
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