I have been using ONRW (the green with wax) in a gallon of distilled (to prevent spotting) water, and microfiber towel drying with a spritz of Opti-Seal. Amazing products. The car comes out as slick and shiny as after a full bore wash followed by vigorous Carnauba waxing.
But now I'm fed up. In California we have a lot of sandy dust. Very quickly there's an accumulation of dust that makes the whole exercise pointless. Sure, on days 1 and 2, given the ONR you can just wipe/dust the car off. Then on day 3, even 4, it quick-rinses off ok. But after that the dust gets stickier, the trees add pollen or whatever trees do for fun, and you want another wash. AAARGH! I tried a car cover and mainly succeeded in micro-scratching the paint. And the water restrictions ...
Anybody come up with a way to better deal with the Deadly Dust Disaster ?
Connect the car body to a powerful ionizer (might help with thieves too)?
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In that case, I would wash, clay, polish, and DIY ceramic coat. Then you will have a slicker and smoother surface so the dust and other stuff doesn't stick so well. You can repeat every 1-2 years. With the new surface, a California Duster will keep it clean.