First off, I've read a number of posts about washing, detailing, Zaino stuff, Griot's Garage products, etc... Looking carefully in sunlight, I can see clear coat swirl marks in my Spectra Blue, it's 1yr, 9 mos. old, only hand washed by me. Here's my routine * 1 bucket of sponge rinse water, 1 bucket with Meg's Gold Class soap * Use shower setting on nozzle * Rinse microfiber sponge. Yeah, it's cheap, auto parts / Wal Mart special (kind with all the fingers) * Get soap, wipe with little pressure, roof first, top down, then all around method. I rinse the sponge quite a bit * take nozzle off, sheet most of water off * put car in garage, use one $10 microfiber waffle weave to get most water up per section, follow with other MWW to finish, light pressure. ------------------------- I suspect some of the swirl marks are due to the sponge. Seems anytime wiping dirt to get it up, micro scratches are going to happen, or not. I'm not sure. I'm thinking to try a good quality sheepskin mit for washing. Or $60 Boar's Hair Brush? I also suspect my drying process. Maybe I should spritz some Meg's Quik Wax on wet section, then use the Waffle drying towel. I've waxed the car 5 times since new, usually with Meg's Cleaner Wax which I likely won't use again. I have Meg's NXT Tech Wax 2.0 I've clayed twice. I'm pretty busy and not an avid detailer. Wonder if I should look into an all in one sealant / protectant like Klasse, Zaino or Griot's Sometimes I look at that NuFinish Polish. It's always on the shelf of every store. Help!