Use the ( cotton rag or towel) for wiping your hands.
Buy quality microfiber towels. One for wax on one for wax off. Even use one for washing. Sponge can have dirt trapped in it.
Wax in straight lines not circles. According to house of colors don't wax period. With today's paint your better off using a spray detailer. Today's paints do not need moisturisers like the old lacquer and enamels needed.
If your paint surface feel coarse to the touch buy Mothers clay bar it works great.
Look for wax or detailer that says " anti static" that will help prevent dust from settling on bike. Wax creates static which draws dust. Get a california duster they have small ones. Great for dusting off your bike.
Wash your microfiber towels but never put them in dryer. Fabric softeners have petroleum in it and now your towels will streak. Let them drip dry
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