Rubbing compound is very abrasive and is equivalent to a fine grade sandpaper. You need to follow it up with a polish. Sounds like you have a light colored car so it's probably harder to see, but its probably hazy/cloudy if you look at it directly in the sun or put a halogeon light on it.
If you look at my detail thread, I posted a link at the bottom to some cars I did a few months ago. The white truck, I think it was an equinox had the back hatch completely covered in fallout. It took me a few hours just to do the back hatch (this is before I picked up IronX)
A lot of people tell me "Oh well my car is only a few years old, so it will be easy". Sometimes those are actually the worst. A lot of cars are transported on trains and the brake dust from the trains land on the paint and bond to it. Then if the car has never been detailed between the rail dust and the brake dust it builds up. Mostly around the rear hatch, behind wheel wells and the lower panels. Most people don't even see it, but when I detail I look very closely at the paint and notice every imperfection.
When you buy a new car I think you should clay it and seal it right away.
Another thing is they actually make "Coatings" for cars now. They are like an extra clear coat for your car and you don't have to wax again because they last the life of the car.
Most waxes typically last 3 weeks. The stuff I use lasts 6 months or more.
Last edited by ThirdgenTa; 07-27-2011 at 05:04 PM.