I've always washed my car with Meguiar's Gold Class, then a few times each summer I'll wax it using Meguiar's 3-step process. I never use a clay bar, because the car is a summer toy for only the nicest of days and I don't drive it down the grimy highway hardly, if at all--just a summer cruiser, and it stays waxed rather well so I have never really needed a clay bar. So let's look at this from the vantage point of having clean paint to start with without any marring in the clearcoat (in other words, buffing/polishing is not necessary, let's focus on everything north of those steps). The Meguiar's I use is the Step 1--Cleaner Wax, to strip all of the old wax off and get me down to the clear coat, then I use Step 2--Oil Replenisher, and then Step 3--Carnauba (2 coats). So a wax job requires four coats by hand currently. It works pretty well, and has kept my car in astounding condition for the last 12 years, so I can't say the products haven't done their job, given the easy life of the car. However, I realize these products are mediocre at best, and I want to step it up a notch. I do have one complaint, and that's that even the with the easy, garaged life of my car, that wax simply doesn't last beyond 4-5 washes. I'll get nice beading a few times, and that's it. I do follow the instructions, waxing in the shade when the paint is cool, and letting the wax haze before buffing it off, etc., so my method isn't a problem. The stuff simply doesn't last. This gets frustrating sometimes, especially with how much work it takes to go over the entire car, jambs and all, four times. So I want something better. I'd like to stick with Meguiar's, and was thinking of trying out Meg's #26 since I've heard lots of great things about it. But what I'm most interested in learning about is sealants (hand applied). I have read the guides here, and apparently they seal the paint for 4+ months, but beyond their longevity how exactly do they differ from waxes, afaik wax effectively seals the paint, does it not? I also saw that they can be used as a supplement to wax, or as a replacement. I'd like to use it as a supplement, but I'm not sure where to fit it in. I guess ideally I like the idea of the 3-step kind of system, strip the old wax, hit it with oil replenisher, then seal her up, but where in there would I put the sealant? After the oil replenisher but before carnauba? Can I put the sealant on every 2 months or so when the car gets waxed? Give me some good suggestions for a little better care regimen, and teach me how to work sealants into the picture. I'm not interested in buffing the car, it doesn't need it. Just want a god regular waxing/sealing regimen.