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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

I heard that a variable spped buffer can be a really good choice if you know what your doing. What's the trick to getting it right? I have a Makita variable speed 7". I think it goes from 600-2500rpm.

Is a random orbital better?

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

negitive, no buffer for wax!

orbital=o.k.
it does not do anything you cannot do by hand though. i don't own one, but i do own a buffer!

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

I have been thinking a little about getting an orbital for waxing.

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

Id love to get a good buffer if I knew how to use one. Ive seen so many paint jobs ruined by people that didnt know what they were doing. Which would be me if I tried it

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

both can be used for waxing the random orbital is much much more forgiving than a rotoray buffer will be, i would definately get a variable speed if you got a buffer so you can turn the speed down and slow down but you still gotta be careful with it.

if your gonna get a orbital that porter cable is great and adams has the big pad kit for it which makes it even better!! also i think adam has a video on the buffing/polishing i dont know if it covers both buffers but i imagine it will have some great info in it.

ive got one of the porter cable orbitals and a milwaukee varible speed polisher and there both real nice

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

I honestly can't imagine using a "buffer" for waxing. compounding and polishing, yes. but never in 25 years have i seen someone use a buffer with wax. buffers will make swirls with wax.

If you must use a buffer, please use a foam pad, and foam pad glaze. and go off all edges, not onto edges with the direction of the wheel.

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

The Porter Cable is great for removing swirls, polishing, and waxing...the waxing process is a snap when using a random orbital machine. With a random orbital once you apply a little pressure (which is fine) the pad will actually slow to a vibration with little or no spin. Even if it was spinning fast there is no chance to burn the paint. Bigd4me2 is right Foam Pads are the best way to go, they are soft and they work!
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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

Might have to work up the guts to try buffing.

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

I also read somewhere that you can get the real small foam pads for the Porter Cable to use in small areas like mirrors, corners, around lights, etc.

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Re: Waxing with a variable speed buffer?

Score, I got the Porter Cable and the pads as a Xmas gift from the GF.

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