Originally Posted by Celtic Bob
Would we need Dawn from the start or will a regular Car Wash like Mothers do?
Never used or seen Zaino around here. I will look into that one as well.
The "Dawn Wash" was something zaino (who I've never been a fan of) recommended and now everyone suggests it as part of a full detail routine. Although Dawn is readily available in most houses, any citrus based detergent will do the trick to strip the old wax. Personally, I use either P21s Total Auto Wash and/or Chemical Guys Citrus Wash n Gloss. Like Twiget mentioned, Do NOT use Dawn on a regular basis. Once or twice wont hurt, but dont get in the habit or reaching for it.
For the initial detail, do a good wash, clay, mild polish or paint cleaner and either a sealant or wax. You could potentially do both a sealant and wax, but some have proposed that the distillates in the waxes will remove base layers, making it kinda counter productive. :shrug:
Anyway, on lighter colors (silver, white, etc) I like Sealants. On darker colors, I prefer carnauba waxes.
Carnaubas generally wont be as durable and last about 5-6 weeks. Sealants, about 10+ weeks. Also, sealants tend to do better against pollutants, and carnauba better against stuff like bird shit.
Either way, dont get too wrapped up in brands. Most over the counter brands will have their good line and their basic/poor line. If you want an OTC brand, I'd personally stick to Meguiars for polishes/waxes/sealants. The only product from Mothers that I really ever liked was their Billet Metal/Alum Polish... and its awesome imo.
But when you get in to the online-only type brands (think Chemical Guys, Adams, Poorboys, DoDo, 4*, Menz, etc), you're in a higher quality league and its going to, for the most part, come down to what you personally prefer to use.
Check out E-Shine. They're in Canada and carry some boutique brand/products.