First, let me state clearly that I'm not a detailer. In the past we haven't done a very good job of maintaining our car's finishes but we just bought two new 2018 cars and we're going to do a better job with these.
So ... I went looking for a product (or products) that would do a good job with minimal effort.
We don't need a show car finish, just good protection. Ideally, something that I can use as a final step at the end of each washing, maybe 2 to 3 weeks. We're in the desert southwest (NM) so don't get much rain or snow.
I first looked at Mequiars Ultimate Liquid Wax (ULW) and Ultimate Quik wax (UQW), with Ultimate Quik Detailer (UQD) as a nice addition for touch-ups/clean-ups. OK, this would work fine, but UQW isn't really a base/main wax so I have to reapply the ULW every 3-6 months or so. I'm sure there are people out there who use nothing but UQW but I was looking for somehing a little more durable.
So, I kept looking and found Optimum Car Wax (OCW) which looks like it might be a good choice.
My questions are:
1. Can Optimum Car Wash really be used as the one-and-only car wax (again assuming I'm looking for good protection but not a show car finish)?
2. We do traditional washing (bucket and sponge). Do I need to use Optimum's car wash product or can I use any quality car wash product (I have been using Mequiar's Gold).
3. Is Optimum Car Wax compatible with other brand quik detailers, such as Mequiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer, or do I need to use Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer?
I appreciate your replies ...