Two really good cleaner/waxes are Pinnacle XMT 360 and Meguiar's ColorX.
Try to use a polishing pad instead of a cutting pad because it will finish out nicer. For pad type, look into the Lake Country 5.5" Flat Pads here. 5 1/2 inch and 6 inch Buffing Pads on Autogeek's Online Store
These are easy to use, easy to wash and rotate really well on newer PC's and the older PC's, in fact I have an article on this... The short how-to guide for using a DA Polisher
How to maximize the ability of the 1st Generation Porter Cable Dual Action Polishers
I'm going to move your thread to detailing 101 since it's not really an intro and you'll get more replies in the Detailing 101 forum group than the "Introduction" forum group.