It seems – 

try and have a garage.
2 buckets: one warm soapy water, one fresh rinse bucket. Grit guards preferred.
Wash mits, no sponges. Ever. (any rec on a solid one you love?)
Pressure wash system like DI 120 CR Spotless System
Foam Gun.
Rinse with clean water.
Microfibre to dry. Never chamois. Never terry.

Tires should look matte and not glossy, so the only preferred solution is Sonax Tire Gel. (Is the tire gel for the tire, while the Meguiars is for the wheel?)

Wash the convertible top as seldom as possible, when you do water only. Keeps it water repellant much longer.

Products:

Spotless “wash and walk away” spotless water system:

Amazon.com: DI-120 Cr Spotless Water System: Automotive Amazon.com: DI-120 Cr Spotless Water System: Automotive



Tornador Pneumatic Foaming Gun (need air compressor connection):
Tornador® Pneumatic Foaming Gun – Griot’s Garage


Pinnacle Foam Master Gun (no air compressor needed):

Amazon.com: Pinnacle Quart Foamaster Foam Gun with FREE BONUS: Automotive Amazon.com: Pinnacle Quart Foamaster Foam Gun with FREE BONUS: Automotive



5 gallon bucket with grit guard (not mentioned or approved in thread):

Amazon.com: Blackfire 5 Gallon Professional Wash Bucket with Grit Guard: Automotive Amazon.com: Blackfire 5 Gallon Professional Wash Bucket with Grit Guard: Automotive



Sonax Tire Gel:

Amazon.com: Sonax (235200-755) Tire Gloss Gel - 16.9 fl. oz.: Automotive Amazon.com: Sonax (235200-755) Tire Gloss Gel – 16.9 fl. oz.: Automotive



or Meguiars Shine Gloss for Tires:

Amazon.com: Meguiar's G12024 Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray - 24 oz.: Automotive Amazon.com: Meguiar’s G12024 Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray – 24 oz.: Automotive



Rag company microfibre detail starter kit:
Auto Detailer’s Starter Microfiber Kit | The Rag Company


California Duster (this is perfect!! Thanks!):

Amazon.com: California Car Duster 62442 Standard Car Duster with Wooden Handle: Automotive Amazon.com: California Car Duster 62442 Standard Car Duster with Wooden Handle: Automotive



Someone explain the allure of quik detailer… just a nice finish to give gloss ‘tween wax?:

Amazon.com: Meguiar's A3332 Quik Detailer Mist & Wipe - 32 oz.: Automotive Amazon.com: Meguiar’s A3332 Quik Detailer Mist & Wipe – 32 oz.: Automotive
Amazon.com: Meguiar's G14422 Ultimate Quik Detailer - 22 oz.: Automotive Amazon.com: Meguiar’s G14422 Ultimate Quik Detailer – 22 oz.: Automotive



Let me know what I left out. Apparently I am going to spend a few bucks here. LOL WAY cheaper than allowing my dealer’s free wash ruin the paint, or a drive through (which seem totally dangerous in every way)…..

 

Also, Wheel Wollie wheel brushes!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-ACC_M10-Woolies-Brushes/dp/B00BJCN5XM

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