Originally Posted by jamesbond
I just use a zymol wax/polish it comes in squeezable bottle so its not a hard wax or i use the rebranded MB wax/polish which i believe is zymol just rebranded. I tend to do quarter panel by quarter panel at a time by applying the wax with a soft sponge type thing then let it sit for maybe 1 minute (if i let it sit any longer it becomes a hard white powder) and rub it off with a old cotton shirt or new towel.
I know that Zymol stuff. I've tried it myself. STOP! It has just enough abrasives to cause problems, not enough fillers to mask swirls effectively, and not enough longevity to be worthwhile.
If you want to actually remove swirls (assuming you have any, and if you have been using the Zymol one-step you probably do), you're probably going to have to use a random orbital and work downward from slightly more abrasive products. Otherwise, you can use products that will use fillers to mask the swirls temporarily, but those don't last very long.
If you want a product that will fill and mask swirls and fine spiderweb scratches, you could try Meguiar's Gold Class or NXT waxes. Neither of those will last more than 90 days in terms of optimal appearance and protection, but they are very easy to use and hide swirls very well. You can do a whole car in less than an hour with those. Unless you want to descend into complete OCD hobbyist detailer hell, this may be your best bet.
OTOH, if you want to do it right, you probably want to get a Porter Cable random orbital, an assortment of foam pads, a couple of different abrasive grades of polish (I use Menzerna, personally) and your choice of paint protection--either a wax or a sealant (I use two products from Klasse, the All-in-One and the Sealant Glaze). If you go this route, beware . . . it can lead to costly experimentation in search of the "perfect" product.
Go over to www.autopia.org
if you want to check out some discussions on detailing. It's even more esoteric and obsessive-compulsive than this place, but there is good info there.