Step 1 is to hand wash and dry the vehicle properly, Step 2 is to decontaminate and clay the vehicle to remove surface contaminants, Step 3 would be to compound the vehicle if paint is highly defective, Step 4 is to polish the entire vehicle (step 3 if compound is not needed), and Step 5 is to apply high quality protection to the paint with either wax, sealant, or ceramic coating.