Schnikeys! That's a lot of work.You should wax your FJ as soon as you can right after you bring it home. This is necessary, because there is nothing but factory paint and clearcoat on the outside of the metal. You will need the wax to protect your paint from atmospheric fallout (smog and other crap in the air), sap, bird poo (and the whole bird - AKA bird strikes) and the like. For wax, I use Meguire's NXT Tech Wax. It's synthetic, and lasts a bit longer than carnuba waxes.
Once you get a good 2 coats of wax on the paint, you can go every 6 months (if you buy a good quality wax/synthetic wax) between coats. That is, if you care enough about your paint to keep it looking clean and new.
It will be exactly 1 year today since I bought my FJ. I have waxed it twice. I will be giving it a good claying this weekend if I find the time....next weekend if I can't this weekend. The clay bar treatment pulls off all of the crap that has stuck to the paint over the last year, and takes it back down to the clearcoat. I then add a couple of coats of wax to protect the paint. In November I give it another 2 coats, and it's good to go for the winter. I'll wax again in April....if not, I'll just wait until next July.
With my show cars, I clay once a year, and wax once a month. When I clay the Mustang, I wash it, clay it, use a good polish/cleaner, then follow with 2 coats of wax. Then I wax once a month.
I know this was long-winded, but I hope it helps.
since you have a white paint job you shouldn't see swirl marks. with the clay bar, make sure you fj is clean and if you drop it then it is done. throw it away and start with a new one. meguiars clay bar package comes with 2 small clay bars. the cleaner and polish is what will take out the swirl marks. the wax just protects the finish. swirl marks usually come from washing the car or using a buffer if used wrong. another way is dropping the applicator and having debris on it which is then transferred to the car.How do i make sure the clay bar doesnt scratch the paint. Im really afriad of swirl marks
malco makes a product called nano spray wax that comes in a spray bottle. that is what i use after every wash. it is perfect for a dressing as well. it restores the luster and deepness of all the black trimmings without leaving a greasy surface that attracts dust. and since it is a wax, the trimmings will stay black as long as the wax lasts. neither the malco cherry flash or spray wax leaves a white residue.Thanks for all the info. I have one last question. What can i use to protect all the black on the exterior. Such as the bumpers, parts of the door, and the black panel that run across the bottom. I'm afraid that will be the first to show wear.