I have a 3 month old A6 in phantom black with a pretty good paint finish, except for one or two very faint swirl marks - courtesy of a dealer pre-sale prep wash. I do like to polish/wax my car periodically and although I enjoy it, I wouldnt say it was my favourite pastime, simply because I have other interests and it takes up a lot of time if done properly. So Im looking for a compromise somewhere between full-on detailing and a simple ½ hr AG-SRP or turtle wax treatment. Having read through many threads on this forum I have come up with what I think is a sensible compromise as follows: Meguiars gold class shampoo [+ Clay if necessary every 6 months] Deep crystal polish step 2 Deep crystal carnauba wax step 3 (All using lambswool/waffle/microfibre/terry etc where appropriate but no power tools). I used this treatment at the weekend for the first time (minus the clay as I didnt think it would be necessary at this stage) and Im moderately pleased with the results, but I have a few questions:- Is this routine (and these products) appropriate or can anyone suggest a better/easier one? Is this stuff (Megs step 1 & 2) quite hard to polish off by hand? I thought so by comparison to the AG-SRP Ive used in the past as it seemed greasier (not impossibly so but noticeably) There is still some tree sap (or similar) residue in places - should I have used a clay bar or is it too early in the cars life for this and should I therefore have just concentrated on a more vigorous approach with the polish stage? Will a weekly shampoo undo all the good work Ive done, or if not, how often should I repeat the polish/wax routine? Thanks in advance.