Can you recommend an air buffer / polisher

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  1. Apr 3, 2012 #1

    lt4mula

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    Can anyone recommend a good air buffer/polisher? Or at least what to look for in one?

    I'd like to use to buff out scratches, swirl marks, etc. I do not do any body work or paint. I do have two black cars that show all imperfections.

    I'm looking for something with about a 6" wheel.
     
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    i use a corded dewalt variable speed buffer with 3m double sided 100% wool pad at work. although the variable speed is a bit more difficult to use, i wouldnt recommend just picking one up and starting to work on a car with it.
     
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    Check out www.autogeek.net they have alot of porter cable buffers. They even have whole packages you can buy. With a little elbow grease you can achieve great results.

    If you do decide to go with a dewalt variable speed. To get the hang of it start of slow (800-1200rpms) to get the hang of it. Most defiantly watch any edges. With the aggressive compound and a wool wheel. You will more than likely burn through the clear. But even then there is way more to it.

    Hope I helped.
     
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    Didn't we have like a Tropicare or something long those lines sponsor that sold and manufactured detailing stuff?
     
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    Tropicare became ShowroomFX. Steve Pasztor is the owner and a damn good guy. I highly recommend him and his products:

    http://www.showroomfx.com/

    He also sells buffing packages with rotary tools, pads, and compounds all together.
     
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    Is that how you kept your Mustang looking so immaculate?
     
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    Porter cable package from auto geek is the simplest way to get everything you'll need.
     
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    These are all electrical. Is electrical the way to go instead of pneumatic?

    And thanks for the warnings. I understand buffing isn't something you can just pick up and do well immediately. I have some old parts i can practice on first.

    I have done some casual reading on it in the past. I will be doing some more reading on it before getting to work on something I care about.
     
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    This. They also have many tutorials on the best methods and products to get based on the level of paint correction needed.
     
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    great products. :thumbsup:
     
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    Just dropped $312 at Autogeek!

    Are DA polisher safe enough to jump right into something I care about? Or should I practice first?

    I'm a reasonably careful person. . . And I would rather not waste product practicing if it's unnecessary.
     
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    Watch the videos on Autogeek and you should be fine.

    http://www.autogeek.net/dual-action-polisher.html