So we finally had a stretch of rain free days and I was able to get a pre-winter full detail in. First I'd like to thank Daniel for all his knowledge and product recommendations.
Day 1 was a Chemical Guys strip wash, followed by Maguire’s clay bar, and then another wash. Day 2 was M205 polish followed by Blackfire Wet Diamond sealer. My paint was decent but definitely had surface contaminants and needed some real TLC. The clay bar produced amazing results as did the Blackfire. I even used it on my fender flares and wheels with great results. My only issue was with the M205 polish. It was very difficult to remove and took a lot of time. Maybe I wasn't doing it right or something but this was all done by hand.
My paint is now smooth as glass and super slick and wet looking. Blackfire Wet Diamond truly is an amazing product so thank you again Daniel. I tried to capture the results in pictures but it's a little difficult with the khaki color...
My only questions now are...
1. Is one coat of BFWD good enough until spring?
2. What can I use in between sealer apprications for that just waxed look? Some sort of quick detail spray product?
Basically, if you're using M205 by hand you're just wasting product. The only time you could really use it by hand is if you're just using it to fix a small scratch, etc. It requires friction and heat to break down the polish. That's why it's hard to remove, it's not broken down. When you use it with a buffer it wipes off super easy after it's broken down. So, basically, get you a buffer and you'll be blown away at how great it works, otherwise, don't waste your time trying to do an entire vehicle with it. Pick you up a PorterCable 7424 and a few pads. You'll have under $200 in it total and it will last you for a long time and save you so much time and produce amazing results.
One coat of ANYTHING is enough if you get uniformed coverage. Layering products is a myth propagated by manufactures to make you use more product. If you do 2 coats of any sealant (other than Zanio with the accelerator) you need to wait 24 hours between each coat. But I generally just make sure I do a good first coat and call it a day. The BFWD will last you through the winter easily if you watch your dilution of the soap you use and don't make it strong enough to strip it off.
The best best best quick detailer spray is Finish Kare 425. It's just amazing and it's actually a good deal. $20 shipped most places, but it's twice the size of any of the crap you get at Walmart. Plus, it has anti-static properties which is really nice.
Be sure to put the BFWD on your wheels and windows, too (except the windshield) Rejex is better sealant for wheels, but the BFWD works great, too.
Rejex lasts longer and is slicker for wheels, but BFWD looks better on paint, by the way.