My car is CQuartz UK ceramic coated actually and I like fast finish BETTER than the ceramic coating.
2012 VW GTI( (Stage II APR)
2001 Toyota 4Runner (winter)
OP - If you really can't be bothered with looking into coatings I would just use any of the myriad of spray on wet car/hose off products that are on the market. My current go to is Sonax Spray and Seal. They work quite well for what they are and can be applied very quickly. You'll probably have to reapply every 3 months or so depending on your environment and where the car is parked. How much protection you are actually getting is unclear but it has to be better than nothing.
Expose your cracks and love will fill them.
My white car was the one car from day one I did a full paint correction on the week I got it and when clean looked amazing, I liked it more than I like my current black cars clean.
I would do a one time up front very good clay, since it is white any scratches you might cause doing that won't be too bad to just hide with a glaze so you won't need to polish, if it was dark that would be a different story.
Then glaze, think of glaze like the stuff people use on their face to hide cracks and wrinkles, it fills the fine scratches just enough that they are less visible. It won't be necessary to protect the paint but it is an easy step that will likely make you say WOW not just wow after you do this.
Then using something like the meg ultimate that he suggested, it is synthetic. They call it wax others might call it a sealant, they are the same thing. They last much longer than a carnuba based wax and they actually go on and buff off easily. (You can also use this on your glass.. also clay your glass)
A minor extra step would be some sort of liquid wax, I currently am a fan of the CG butter wet wax for this. I do this every few (try for 3) months and it helps keep a nice shine/bead while making sure that base layer sealant lasts the full year. You can probably apply and buff out a Corolla in 20 minutes.
Finish off that afternoon, yes that can all be done in an afternoon, with a speed wipe/quick detailer. It will add yet another layer. Also you probably missed buffing out a few places of wax so it takes care of those
For your regular washes either use something like the waterless washes people have mentioned that have wax, my white car was the first one I Tried these on and learned to appreciate them and even now do it on my black cars.. first time was scary... but use it in the winter now. ( I have a sealed bucket presoaking microfibers that only get used for this one time and then moved to another task)
If you just want to do a normal wash on whatever your regular schedule is while drying just use one of the speed wipe/detail spray products shown here, any should be fine, again this will help ensure you get a full year out of that sealant/base wax.
Your favorite store actually sells great microfibers, I have colored coded ones for most tasks but actually use the yellow costco ones for most buffing, just make sure you tear the tag off. Don't wash them with anything else and dry them on fluff no heat.
Sonax spray and seal is the most miraculous stuff I’ve used. It’s like a spray on, wash off light ceramic coating. Paint looks wet and is crazy hydrophobic for months afterwards. Use it on glass, rubber, wheels....everything. It works incredibly well.
‘18 GT3 touring
’18 RS3: APR stage 2, BBS CI-R: 10.72 @ 130.5
'18 Raptor crew cab
'07 997.1 TT 6MT: FBO OEM turbos, 656 whp, 700 wtq, 5.9 60-130
Past: Evo 8, R35 GT-R, F80 M3s, C6 Z06, 991TT-S/GT3, etc
Surprised no one has mentioned Klasse All-In-One, the best, easiest, most-durable way to put a super-wet shine on your vehicle that lasts for a year or two. I've been using this on my vehicles for years, and have always been happy:
My 18-year-old Honda Insight has never been repainted:
0000 steel wool, cheap as dirt and a five-minute job will make your glass surfaces baby-bottom smooth, soooo much better than claying (yes, I've tried it, 0000 steel wool will not scratch your glass and it will absolutely change the way you treat any external glass surfaces on your vehicles). I will then Rain-X the surfaces, and repeat every year or so:
I use claybar to actually scrub and get stuff off, I use the steel wool to lightly go over it after to make sure no claybar was left behind.
Despite your claims you 100% absolutely CAN scratch glass with 0000 steel wool.
There is no polishing occurring with either clay or steel wool both are just cleaning.
Has Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax No. 845 been mentioned yet? Collinite 845 gets mentioned on here and friends in the area that I've met through here also have mentioned Collinite 845. Finally bought it. Really easy to use.
I've been using 3M Perfect It Show Car Paste Wax. Great product. But, it will never be recommended in the easiest-to-use discussion.
big fan of all the Duragloss products but the 951 Aquawax is my go-to lazy wax. spray it on as you dry post-wash with a microfiber towel and it buffs totally clean. i always wipe the water off anyway to prevent water spotting so it helps me combine the two steps pretty effectively. i do one major hand applied wax application a year and fill in with the Duragloss about 3-4 times a year.