orbital wont make swirl marks...rotorary will. i apply it by hand and remove with a buffer. then go over with a 100% cotten terry cloth towel to get the edges and i do a once over the entire area. if it wasnt 90 degrees out id probaly do it the old fashion way...WAX ON/WAX OFF...plus the Meguires 3 step gets tiresome half way through the polishing stage doing it by hand :-p
ooo then after im done with the wax step i use the wool bonnet to bring it to a mirror like shine.
FYI, applicator bonnets are blue in color and feel kinda smooth. taker-offer (can be used to apply) are the terry cloth bonnets...i just did the ranger and mine this week. took 12 hrs to do the 3 step on both trucks total and woulda taken about 20 by hand plus its been 90+...i gotta be