Re: Best way to clean Rosso Red 147?
My washing methods tend to vary depending on how clean I want the car from a simple bucket, sponge (or mitt if you prefer them) and shampoo through to the full clay, machine polish, wax etc.
Based on your comments about being a cleaning n00b I would suggest reading the Squadrone Rosso first as a good starting point.
If I was in your position I'd suggest:
1> Rinse the car down first with a hose.
2> Wash with shampoo of choice soething like Turtle Wax Zip Wax, Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo or Car Plan Triplewax Shampoo
3> Dry car down with large Microfibre cloth
4> Clay car using Meguiars Clay or Biltamber AutoClay - this is an optional step and will only be required if 1) you can be bothered, 2) your paintwork feels rough 3)once a year. If you decide to clay wash and dry car again afterwards
5> Polish car with Autoglym Super Resin Polish. This will hide some of the swirls and impart a decent shine.
6> Wax / Protect car with something like Collonite 476s doublecoat wax or Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection
After you've done this you've probably got 6 month protection so you only really need to polish and rewax every 6 months. To protect the car in the interim wash regularly and apply something like Autoglyms Aquawax every few weeks to top up the protection or if you're feeling lazy use Demonshine which is simply a rinse aid with added wax which you just pour over the car and really does work!
You can also use the above on the alloys, no need to buy expensive wheel waxes.
For about 30 quid you can buy everything you need to protect the car for a few years.