Micro, I know what you mean. I had a dark blue neon that I always used the brush at the carwash on and it had hella swirl marks. That when I was like no more. We can hand wash as long as there isn't anyone waiting at our carwash but mostly, like the wintertime, take it through the automatic. That's only if it's really dirty. But I use a mitt when I hand wash. And for the wheels I finally found something that I don't have to go back over when I'm done; Try using Eagle One Tire & Wheel cleaner. It works like a charm. Beats using a rag and getting brake dust all over your hands.
February 2005 ROTM