at the moment this is how i wash and polish my car.
quick jet wash to remove the big bits of dirt and the brake dust from my wheels also spray inner arches (i only get a bronze wash i.e. no bush just a rinse down as i don't have a hose pipe)
once at home.
throw a couple of buckets of warm water over the car.
wash car with bucket sponge and halfords advanced car shampoo.
i give the car a quick once over lightly washing all the pannels to get the worst off the dirt off.
then refill the bucket with warm water and shampoo and give it a detailed wash.
pour around 6 buckets of water over the car to rinse all the soap off.
then bucket of clean warm water and set about the car with a shamious leather (halfords real sheep skin leather)
once the car is dry i set about with autoglym ultra deep shine polish (although have previously used super resin polish).
using a coton cloth to apply the polish.
once the polish has dried to a haze using a soft cotton t-shirt i remove the polish.
the only reason i am asking this is because my car is coming back from the body shop tomorrow with a full front and side respay and the having the whole car buffed to remove all the light swirl marks which i have been informed are caused by cleaning and polishing the car.
so what am i doing wrong to effectivly scratch the paint work of my car whilst washing it??
what products should i be using??
have i missed anything out??
i should also add tho that where my car is parked at work it gets absolutly covered in dust i mean around 2-3mm a day.
i refill my screen wash at least once a month if not more just to clear the dust off the screen so that i can drive home. and the dust is quite harsh as it has gouged my windscreen when it has been stuck under my wiper blades.
this is where i think most of the damage is coming from so how can i clean all this dust off my car without scrathing it??
although i guess using a t-shirt to buff up the polish isn't doing me any favours either.
thanks in advance and sorry for the HUGE post.