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What to do in south florida for car washing? It rains daily!

My car is outside in south florida where it rains almost every day.

I never had a car that I wanted to take care of at least bi weekly - here on the coast Lexus recommends a wash at least once a month (well..they also say ASAP )

I am new to detailing but read a lot, however today I was told something I want to verify:

a guy at pep boys said i either polish the car, OR wax it. That putting wax after polish will defeat the purpose.

I basically want to hand wash the car, then apply something to make it look good. Something that will take about an hour, not too much longer.

I have scratches on the car that I think polishing will help with. Do I need something else before or after (besides clay, it's kind of pricey) like sealant or can I just polish and go?

What will happen to the car as it rains every other day for at least another month or two?

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Not sure where that guy got his information, but polish and wax are completely different.

The order is wash/dry, clay (it's not expensive, one bar does the entire car), then rubbing compound if needed, then polishing compound, and then wax to seal and protect it. The rubbing and polishing compounds are for paint correction... the wash and clay are for cleaning, and the wax is for protection. The wax is probably the most important thing for you to do once the car is clean, because that will help the daily rain and dirt flow right off.
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that's what I thought! Damnit, I am hearing all sorts of advice lately.

Is turtle premium polishing compound OK, i already bought it.

For wax, I'd like something as easy/effective as possible as I will do it by hand. Is cleaner wax by meguires ok? or is synthetic something that holds up better, and is the liquid stuff any good at all?

Also, very random but I heard you never want to use any kind of stuff on the steering wheel since its treated leather. is that true or can i have a go with Laxol?

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Are you planning on doing everything by hand? Or do you have access to a buffer?
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I could probably buy a buffer and at least try it out if I had any idea which one to get. The car needs a polishing job for sure, lots of small scratches, so I think that's the right move to go.

So I have bought so far for the job: rubbing compound, premium polishing compound by turtle.
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