I don't know ANYTHING about waxing and need some advice...
What is a good wax to use? preferably something I can buy at a local auto parts store, wally world, etc....
I have a Craftsman waxer (got it for Christmas) with the standard pads that come with it. Are these sufficient or should I get some other pads?
Is there an easy way to prevent the wax from getting on the black plastic? (Painters tape??) I have had wax on the plastic before and it takes FOREVER to come off...
What is the procedure for waxing?
Clean the truck VERY well, dry, wax, buff off?
1. An excellent line that you can often find in NAPA and Car Quest stores is Duragloss. Easy to use, very well priced, and VERY durable. They have several different "waxes" - which are really synthetic sealants, strictly speaking. 111 in particular is excellent. 101 and 105 are also great choices.
A newcomer to the US market is Autoglym. Their High Definition wax can sometimes be found at Walmart. A $35 pot of wax seems a bit out of place at Walmart, but I promise, this stuff is really excellent.
2. Waxing by machine? Personally, I don't bother. If you're using a product that's easy to use, you shouldn't really need the assistance of a machine to take it off. I find that a machine gets in my way. The other thing with doing it with your particular machine is the pads. Super Duty trucks are BIG. You're going to "fill" one of those pads with wax during the buffing process pretty quickly. Unless you have a lot of pads to use, the machine will become ineffective pretty quickly.
3. I don't mean to sound like a smartass, I promise, but the best way to keep wax off black plastic is to take your time, and keep it off the black plastic. Work in smaller areas and use less product. A little patience now will save you a lot of hassle removing that white residue weeks later.
Additionally, most good quality waxes or sealants these days shouldn't leave white residue at all. If you're using something that does, change to something different. Detailing products have come a LONG way over the last several years.
Want something so easy to use that you'll feel like you're cheating? Werkstat Acrylic Jett Trigger
is the ease of use champion of the world. You spray it on the panel, smear it around very thinly, and that's basically it. It looks amazing and lasts well too. For a total package of looks, durability, and ease of use, my opinion is that there's nothing else close to this stuff. I recommend it to people new to detailing all the time, and they've all loved it.
4. Your procedure is fine for a basic wash and wax. If you plan to clay the truck, do that after you wash it, and before you wax it. As to the techniques used to apply and remove wax, it depends on the product. Just follow the directions on the container. Some advise you to wait a while before buffing - others advise you to remove it while it's still a bit wet.