I hope to make this fairly brief yet ask my question(s) clearly. I have an '11 Malibu in Red Jewel Tintcoat. Beautiful color, I feel, and I need to keep it that way. In the past 20 years, I've had all white vehicles. Up until negelecting the detailing hobby as I did for the last 12 years, I used Mirror Glaze #6 mixed 50/50 with #26. At the time I was happy with the results, I also had more time to do the job more often and the car was garaged. Now, time is not as available as I'd like so my 'waxing' regimen needs to be as close to one step as possible yet last a bit longer than 6 to 8 weeks as it did with my last product mix.
I just did the car this weekend, for now still using the 6/26 mix as I did before. I figured something is better than nothing. The car sits outside, at least for now, and is a daily driver. When I wash, which is every time it rains, and that's fairly often, I use plain water, no soap of any kind. Wash with a microfiber mitt, rinse and dry it off with a microfiber towel.
Over time, a film used to form on the white car and the use of the 6/26 mix seemed to clean the film off and I feel the need to do that even now with the red color. Now, after my second waxing of the car, the color is better than new in the sunlight so I must have done something right. I would like to keep the paint better protected and was going to use #21 on it this weekend after I washed the car. Then, I thought of using Ultimate Liquid Wax and ran this by a fellow on another forum and he said I had it all backwards. He said to use the Ultimate Liquid, then use the 26 straight or the 6/26 mix.
So could the members please set me straight on which way to go here. Is there a product that achieves somewhat the same goal as the #6 yet won't leave a residue on the nooks and crannies? Is there a benefit to using the #21, the ULW or another synthetic product in conjuction with a carnauba product, even if it does end up being two steps? I've seen mention of a cure time of 12 hours but am not sure of the side effects of dew during that period. Here on the east coast, dew is a fact of life. I'll have more questions but I know we're supposed to keep the questions per post to three. Thank you in advance for the advice.