Originally Posted by Scatman320
Great! Dave thank you for your advice. If the paint is on the softer side, it will go smoother and quicker, right?
Generally speaking, softer paint typically is corrected of the swirls and light scratches easier and quicker than with harder paint, but the finishing steps can be a little more tricky with soft paint.
Originally Posted by DEXTERITY
how long would it take if the polish, wax, swirl was a one step process and you did everything else mentioned by the OP?
There's no real way to answer that, because it would really depend on a lot of differing variables such as paint hardness, ambient temperature, working in or out of the sun, how aggressive or non aggressive the AIO is, what machine you're using, what pads you're using, how developed your technique is at using said machine etc. etc.
Having said all of that, it could take less time to do a swirl removal with an abrasive polish and then apply a sealant than it might working with an AIO, or it could go the other way. All situations are different and that's why the testing phase in the beginning of the job is so important. It is in the testing of the products, pads, machine, machine speed, technique etc. etc. on the actual car at the beginning of the job where you will get the answers to your questions.