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A good buffer

Just wondering what is considered a good buffer for wax/polish/paint cleaner? I have never used one before, but owe it to myself. So, looking to spend around $50 on one if anyone can recommend a brand.
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Just wondering what is considered a good buffer for wax/polish/paint cleaner? I have never used one before, but owe it to myself. So, looking to spend around $50 on one if anyone can recommend a brand.
I've had a couple of those 10 inch orbiting style buffers... One was a Black and Decker, don't recall the other. In My Non Humble Opinion, neither was really worth the powder it would take to blow them to he**. With modern waxes, they don't seem to work as good as a decent wax and either a good microfiber or old sweat shirt innards... and you inevitably seem to leave little wax tracks all over the place.

50 bucks is at the low end of the range for a small 6-y inch right angle polisher/buffer/grinder. There's a Wen just above that range. I have a slightly higher priced one I used for polishing headlights and refurbing an old ZJ, but I would be scared as heck to take one to the new vehicle.
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Re: A good buffer

you want an orbital unless you know what you are doing.

gonna be more than 50.

porter cable is a great one.
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Re: A good buffer

And there's the rub. I don't really know isht about it, but I felt that it would do a better job than just using a towel.

I am meticulous as anything, but sometimes leave swirl marks. Isn't one of the good aspects of the orbital to remove them (if used correctly)?
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Re: A good buffer

yes. an orbital is relatively safe.

a straight buffer is dangerous.

go look at meguiars forums. find some youtubes. its not hard BUT you want to be safe.
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And there's the rub. I don't really know isht about it, but I felt that it would do a better job than just using a towel.

I am meticulous as anything, but sometimes leave swirl marks. Isn't one of the good aspects of the orbital to remove them (if used correctly)?
Possibly a really good professional grade orbital, or you may simply be able to handle them better than I ever could.

The old ZJ was pretty slab sided compared to the WK2, but mostly what I got was either the thing would drag on the wax, or it would stuff "waxies" into all the crannies, all the raised emblems, roof rack, you name it, etc. and I'd actually spend more time cleaning that out with soft brushes than I could spend just putting on a good coat of nanowax and buff then a carnauba and buff.

I prefer really thick microfiber cloths and a few trimmed pig bristle artist brushes and a dollop of elbow grease. Wash carefully, light pressure wash, dry with leaf blower, have lunch as it completes drying, then nanowax, then real wax, then since I don't drink any more, a perrier or similar. Seriously, the microfiber buff seems better to me at seeing exactly what is happening compared to a buffer that keeps trying to remove your fingers.
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Re: A good buffer

went onto autogeek ( a trusted source for car info) and read a great review of the Meguiar's DA

Review: Meguiar's DA Power System - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum

I think i'm gunna get this little device.

Oh and since we're on the top, what do you use to remove the wax that you applied with this things? A microfiber on top of the device?
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Re: A good buffer

I have the meguiars g110v2.( Dual action Polisher)

First detailing purchase while spending tons of time on the meguiars forum. It's a great machine for rookies as well for the experienced. I do all my paint correction with it and it gets the job done.

Took a quick look at the link given and it also seems to get the job done. It uses a 4in pad compare to the 7.5 pad which will take longer but it will take a day to 2 to get it done right anyways

You will be spending much more than 50....you will need a bunch of pads also for each compound( UC,polish,sealant,wax...)
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I have the meguiars g110v2.( Dual action Polisher)

First detailing purchase while spending tons of time on the meguiars forum. It's a great machine for rookies as well for the experienced. I do all my paint correction with it and it gets the job done.

Took a quick look at the link given and it also seems to get the job done. It uses a 4in pad compare to the 7.5 pad which will take longer but it will take a day to 2 to get it done right anyways

You will be spending much more than 50....you will need a bunch of pads also for each compound( UC,polish,sealant,wax...)
Funny you should mention that..I was adding up all the peripherals I need to run that machine. It does add up quickly.
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Re: A good buffer

Autogeek.com lots of smart people there, especially Mike Phillips.

As far as polishers go, Griots Garage 6". Great product and if anything and I mean anything happens, they'll replace for free. You'll spend more than 50 but honestly anything that only runs 50-60 isn't going to do much.

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Re: A good buffer

yep, it adds up quickly but well worth the investment. Much faster and more effective with the machine over hand. See if there are any deals for it with the memorial day weekend. I believe i got mine around $100ish shipped which included the DA, 8 pads, canvas bag and shipping
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