well, the snow has finally melted away and the streets cleared up enough that i felt safe washing the cars today. was able to wash away about a month's worth of grime. got a good coat of wax on both cars before this mess hit. for the last couple of years i have been using meguiars three step system: 1. cleaner, 2. polish. 3. caranuba wax. generally do all three steps in the spring and just the wax in late fall before winter hits. been pretty pleased with the results. easy on and off. apply by hand and use a random orbital buffer to remove. really like the results. especially all three steps. what's your favorite?