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Old 10-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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I just cant do it....

I cant bring myself to use a buffer on my car in fear of screwing up the paint! Oh well, here to a 12 pack of beer and some sore arms lol
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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Lol let's hope your still not on it by number 12. Your paint might have a few marks.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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I cant bring myself to use a buffer on my car in fear of screwing up the paint! Oh well, here to a 12 pack of beer and some sore arms lol
Lol come on now. Whenever I am intimidated by doing something new, I always just think to myself "This has been done by far dumber people than me. If they could, I can."

Use that mantra. Got me through grad school, it can get you through detailing a car.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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Lol come on now. Whenever I am intimidated by doing something new, I always just think to myself "This has been done by far dumber people than me. If they could, I can."

Use that mantra. Got me through grad school, it can get you through detailing a car.

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What he said...even Ive done it....wait a minute....
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #6
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Gotta install the swirls first to learn how to get them out. I thought the same thing.get a friend to donate their car to give it a practice run and you'll see it isn't that scary!!
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After a 12 pack you won't care whether or not you left swirls.
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You test it out on your girls car first, duh!
Great way to learn the art of using a buffer.....
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[QUOTE=CamaroDreams07;5661944] Whenever I am intimidated by doing something new, I always just think to myself "This has been done by far dumber people than me. If they could, I can."

This is fantastic I am going to have this attitude from now on.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:23 AM   #14
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I cant bring myself to use a buffer on my car in fear of screwing up the paint! Oh well, here to a 12 pack of beer and some sore arms lol
what kind of buffer we talking about here? Something like a DA would be hardly anything to worry about. A rotary on the other hand... I would be careful and most definitely not try that tipsy or drunk
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:33 PM   #15
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Whats a DA?
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Whats a DA?
There's a lot of different types of buffers. The most common one talked about is the dual action polisher or DA.

Then there are the simple orbital buffers that generally can't do much more than apply wax. Then there are rotaries on the other side of the spectrum. In the hands of an inexperienced person this can easily burn through paint
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so what's the recommendation for a dummy-proof machine to make the process less muscular? I prefer to get that workout in the gym .
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so what's the recommendation for a dummy-proof machine to make the process less muscular? I prefer to get that workout in the gym .
PC 7424xp is the standard. Dummy proof, very effective.

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:38 PM   #19
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PC 7424xp is the standard. Dummy proof, very effective.

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Thx! Will have to look into buying one
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:27 PM   #20
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Thx! Will have to look into buying one
I agree with CD07 said, but you asked for something you won't have to use pressure on ("less muscular").

Just know the easier something is to use and the more dummy proof it is, generally the more pressure you will have to use.

It's not so much pressure that your arms are jelly, but you should be able to feel it if you decide to do the whole car in one day.

Here is a very good starter kit. The Meguiars twins (M105 and M205) should be able to handle anything on your car. http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-meguiars-kit.html

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I agree with CD07 said, but you asked for something you won't have to use pressure on ("less muscular").
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I think he meant use less muscle as opposed to hand polishing...
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:57 PM   #22
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Honestly, even if you are just starting, you will more then likely end up with a better looking paint with a lot less effort using a machine polisher. My very first attempt at it, with no experience whatsoever, got rid of 80-90% of the swirls and scratches in my paint. Nothing to be afraid of really. Just get some good product (I really like M105 and M205 polish) and polish away. Even a friend of mine who didn't care, whatsoever, about technique (he was whirling my DA polisher all over the place, forget a slow crosshatch pattern) ended up with less swirls and a better looking shine then when he started.
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I think he meant use less muscle as opposed to hand polishing...
oops my mistake , machine is definitely way easier on the arms than hand polishing
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Lol come on now. Whenever I am intimidated by doing something new, I always just think to myself "This has been done by far dumber people than me. If they could, I can."

Use that mantra. Got me through grad school, it can get you through detailing a car.

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This. Oh man this is my new saying. Maybe it'll get me through grad school too, haha.

I just hand waxed my car yesterday and though she looks awesome, I want a buffer for christmas. And as I used to say, just be 10% smarter than what you're working with.
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