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Old 08-20-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Electric Buffer vs. hand buffing??? What say you?

Just ordered my new Camaro and as all of you are already doing, I want this car to look good last a very long time. I have traditionally used electric buffers or the "ball" you can stick on the end of a drill but as I am reading these treads, I am not seeing anything mentioned about electric buffers and poliching balls. Can I conclude you guys are doing this all by hand for the sake of the paint and to minimize micro scratches.........I am in learning mode right now and I can't tell you how much these forums have enlighted me to the fun I will have in owning a 2010 Camaro. Thanks!

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Old 08-20-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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I will just use elbow grease on my car
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:38 PM   #3
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I'll only use a porter cable on cars with tons of swirls, with a good polish to remove them.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:02 PM   #4
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RANDOM ORBITAL BUFFER. Just use a LOT of applicator and removal bonnets. Makes a huge difference IMO. this is all I use.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:11 PM   #5
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On a new paint job it should already be buffed out and only need a good clean and wax job that can be done by hand. If you get a scratch you can buff it out, but that is the only time on my 2010 that I had to use my Milwaukee 7" variable speed buffer on it. If you don't have much experience or time rubbing out car paint with a buffer then I would not recommend practicing on your new car. It takes a very light touch,keep you pad wet, and good eye so you don't build up heat, or leave swirl marks. Plus you can tear up molding and such if your not careful. Time and practice will be your friend.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:24 PM   #6
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Machine Buffing is always the best way to go.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:27 PM   #7
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Machine Buffing is always the best way to go.
As long as the person at the end of the Machine now his stuff.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:29 PM   #8
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I pick up my first machine around 35 years ago and love to polish.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:33 PM   #9
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I pick up my first machine around 35 years ago and love to polish.
I figured by your sig, me only about 8 yrs so I would be the young detailer, but now out of the business. I only do my own now, moved up to bigger and better things.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:36 PM   #10
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Only in my younger 50's. Still feel young at heart.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:38 PM   #11
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:45 PM   #12
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Porter Cable Random Orbital Buffer is what I just picked up to use on my new Camaro.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:15 AM   #13
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It is what material you use that matters. That material is cotton and nothing but cotton. There is absolutley no one advantag of a buffer over the hand job. You wipe it on and you wipe it off. Don't complicate what is as eay as wiping your bottom.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:19 AM   #14
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If your paint is clean and 100% free of defects there is no reason to use a buffer. But if you are dealing with paint imperfections, swirls, scratches, hazing etc. There is no substitute for a good random orbital buffer like the Porter Cable. Look at it this way, how fast can your hand move? How long can you arm last when working out an entire car filled with scratches? The PC can work up to 6800 orbits per minute, that can work out almost anything that is correctable. It can also remove sanding lines up to 1500 grit, try removing those with your hand.
The PC is just another tool that has its place and use and combined with the proper foam pads, microfiber towels and chemicals, it can be a powerful thing to use. For more information and great pricing check www.tropi-care.com. We have developed a whole line of products centered around the Porter Cable buffer.
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