http://www.caranddriver.com/features/11q3/how_to_polish_your_car_like_a_pro-gearbox Even I know that most of that is wrong. I'm still learning but at least I know enough not to tell other people what to do (except that they should check out this forum) For starters telling a beginner to use a polisher not a DA? "Technique Tip: Wheeling is a messy process, so cover items " " Rinse the vehicle thoroughly but do not dry it." " Use softer pads and polishing compounds on dark-colored cars, as they are especially sensitive to swirl marks. More-aggressive compounds and pads can be used on lighter hues." " apply an approximate 60:40 mix of paste wax and a fine finishing polish onto the pad. "