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Old 05-14-2014, 03:57 AM   #1
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Which kind of buffer does one use

tryed to look up old post,could not find just wondering which kind of buffers one uses when waxing mh. went to sears and they had big buffers.
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:32 AM   #2
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No buffers, very easy to create swirls in the clear coat if a buffer is used improperly.
I use #6 McGuiars liquid cleaner wax, apply with wet sponge and remove with towels, all by hand. Every year, takes 12 hours alone or 4 hours with two sons (just more beer)...

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Ditto on the right arm and a towel...
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My bad right shoulder would up and quit after about 20 minutes of the wax on wax off. I would also like to know if anyone has found a gentler method.

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A random orbital buffer of the type sold to non-professionals WONT damage paint........I've used them to both apply and remove the wax (with different terry cloth covers over the pad)
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This is the type I used with good success.....mine is a different brand purchased many years agoClick image for larger version

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They have random orbital buffers at Wally World. They sell a 6" for $19.95.
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You can use a Porter Cable 7424 XP Dual Action Orbital Polisher and it will NEVER burn through clear coat. I have one and it works great!
Check it out on YouTube

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Originally Posted by Steve N Sal View Post
They have random orbital buffers at Wally World. They sell a 6" for $19.95.
I've used one for many years without seeing any resulting damage. The "trick" is to let the buffer do the work, instead of using pressure and hurrying. Matter of fact, it's the same one I bought 10 years ago, hows that for ROI?
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This is what I bought and used, worked great for me, Mothers Wax Attack Kit

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Better to get 10 inch or larger pad..... Get done faster. AND spreads pressure out over larger area.
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Don't lean on the buffer! Just a light touch and there won't be a problem. I use the Harbor Freight 7" variable speed on all my vehicles and it does a good job. Work on a limited area and wash the rig before you start so there's no grit on the surface. There are lots of good videos on how to use a buffer on "Youtube".
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Originally Posted by harleychief View Post
You can use a Porter Cable 7424 XP Dual Action Orbital Polisher and it will NEVER burn through clear coat.
The PC 7424 XP is what I use on all my vehicles. I owned a high-end detailing business and have never had an issue damaging the paint/clear coat using this polisher and proper settings. I prefer to apply wax with the PC and remove by hand...but that is my choice. With the correct pad/applicator, the PC 7424 can add and remove product very well, saving time and effort.

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To the OP,

It always cracks me up when I see people state "you'll damage the paint, put swirl marks and more) when using a buffer. Well, first off, there's many different kinds of "buffers" out there. There's the kind that are used for machine rubbing out of paint jobs and heavily oxidized paint and, there's the K-mart and Walmart specials that are useless, then there's the ones mentioned that the pros use.

The 7424 Porter Cable and, the one I use, the 7346, are both almost identical and, are used by the pros that do motor homes all over the U.S. Those units are basically a random orbital sander but, have incorporated a buffer pad and other utensils for polishing paint, applying and removing wax for autos, trucks, motor homes, boats and more.

They're considerably more expensive then the Walmart-Kmart ones but, they work about, a thousand times better. We have a very nice, very well cared for, '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the 330 CAT and, it's a full body painted unit. I take great pride in keeping it looking like a jewel. It's all done with that 7346. I have an adapter that enables me to use a 9" pad. I use a pad for wax application and, another for wax removal. I've done my '11 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended Cab in 40 minutes, start to finish, wax applied and removed with waaaaaaaaaaaaaay less effort than hand waxing and, it's also a jewel.

Yes, I've done hand waxing for decades. And, yes, it does work. I don't fault anyone for doing it. It's just that it's way more laborious than this way. It's whatever makes you happy. Good luck.

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