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Old 05-28-2020, 03:36 PM   #1
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What Buffer To Buy Waxing/polishing

What polisher/buffer is anyone using that they like and what is it??
Looking at some models and are currently using Dewalt seams like cordless would be the way to go?...
Also thinking about pad size because of the surface area of a large motor home?
Any thoughts and what are u using if u do it yourself.
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Old 05-28-2020, 03:54 PM   #2
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Pine Stump:
I just did my coach last weekend.
I use a Griots Garage 6" random orbital polisher with the orange pad and Griots One Step Sealant. I hand polish the areas I can't get to with the electric polisher. Griots products are a little pricey, but they are good stuff. It was 3 days of really hard work, but the results are spectacular. The coach looks brand new.
Good luck and enjoy your results.
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Just started this week on wash/waxing coach. over the lockdown I bought a Rupes 5.25 buffer. Worked great on the two cars and so far working great on the coach.
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When I went shopping for one, I found the Griots and the Porter Cable rated very highly. The Porter Cable is a corded model, but I use a light weight extension cord. It's heavy, but it's a random orbit variable speed unit.

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I've used my corded Porter-Cable 6" for cars and boats and RVs for years. Decades, actually, as I think about it. I've looked at cordless models, but they've either lacked the power and/or the charge time, and/or they've been outrageously priced.

If I used it more frequently, I might move up to the Makita corded 10-amp. Twice the price, but twice the power, too.

If money were no object, I'd get this (for $400):

https://www.amazon.com/Flex-XC3401VR.../dp/B001DB0NVG
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Start with the video here:

https://www.autogeek.net/bupo.html


A dual action random orbital is what most "hobbists" use, and is perfectly adequate for most people to use for polishing and applying waxes / sealants on thier vehicles. It's virtually impossible to do any harm to your paint using foam pads and most polishes you can get from Maguires, Mothers, Adams, Griot's, etc. If you have signficant paint correction, they will still work, but it may take more effort polishing than the other types of machines. My first machine was a Porter Cable which I used for about 10 years, but eventually killed it with very heavy use.

If you want to “step up”, you’ll see info on the long throws like Rupes. Then there are the Cyclo and Flex 3401 VRG (which is what I have been using for quite a while now) but I think both of those are overkill for a novice, and expensive and heavy; and I can’t even imagine handling a Cyclo on the huge vertical surfaces on an RV.... in any case, these machines will do all the paint correction serious / experienced enthusiasts want to do, and even a vast majority of the work that professional detailers need to do.

No need to consider direct drive rotaries like a DeWaldt, Milwaukee, Makita, and / or wool pads. They are not for novices, as you can easily make a big mess / damage your paint very quickly if you don’t know what you are doing...... and the reality is, they are unnecessary (even for professional detailers) for all but the most serious paint work given what other options are available today in machines, foam pads, and modern polishes / compounds.
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Do yourself a favor and check these guys out. Theyíve branded a top ROB and itís the highest rated model. They bundled it with a lot of goodies too.


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Griot's Garage or Porter Cable.
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I would also say Griots or Porter Cable, I own the Porter Cable model myself
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What type of pads do you use? Also are any of the brands listed above able to be used with just one hand?
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I would also say Griots or Porter Cable, I own the Porter Cable model myself
Which model number?
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Which model number?


https://www.griotsgarage.com/categor...ads/buffers.do
The G9 is the basic machine, the G15/21 are long throws.

https://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-7424xp.html
There is also a 7346SP; in a quick look I can’t tell what the difference is.

As for using them with one hand, it would be / is, pretty hard to do on the side of an RV (or car).

In either case, you then have to get into pads and polishes, waxes / sealants.

I’ve dealt with Griots for close to 20 years, and while they let themselves get a bit stale with their product offerings for a while, that is not the case today. They have always had excellent customer service and support, and I know they can help you choose an appropriate set of products to get you started.

On my coach and Jeep I use Complete Polish, Complete Compound as necessary, and PolyWax sealant. I also have many other Griots products in my detailing cabinet.

While autogeek is a great recourse, I have never used them. The challenge for a novice is figuring out exactly what is most appropriate for your specific needs / expectations vs. the huge array of products they offer.

Adams Polishes is also another company I can recommend, but to a great degree it’s really just nuances / personal preferences between their offerings and Griots these days, and I think Griots has better customer support for a novice.
I use Adams Americana Carnuba and various polishes on my BMW, as well as other products.

There is no single perfect answer for which pads / polishes / waxes / sealants as you’ve seen in those threads over the years. As for pads (and you’ll also want an assortment of high quality micro fiber towels, because cheap ones can quickly undo all your hard work) just follow the recommendations and use pads / microfiber from whomever you get the polishes / waxes / sealant from. You’ll want a lot of wax / sealant removal towels for an RV, otherwise you just start smearing the wax / sealant right back onto the paint as you remove it....

In any case, I’d suggest you call them and talk though what set of products match what you want to do.
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