10in orbital buffer/polisher enough to get the job done?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by StealthMode, Jan 30, 2006.

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    I was just wondering how well a 6 or 10in variable speed orbital buffer/polisher will work for polishing and buffing my car. My paint is pretty scuffed, lotsa small scratches and swirl marks, minor chips, etc.
    I don't really have the money to spend on a PC and everything, I'm basically on a budget.
    Not sure how to explain this, but I am not that serious of an enthusiast, don't get me wrong, I want my paint to look as good as I can get it, I just want to know if I can get decent results from the said buffer.
    I'm not a pro, I just want decent results.
    So any advice would be great, I really need to do an overhaul on my paint this spring, so far I've just waxed and tried to keep the salt off as much as I can :)
     
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    Honestly, you are better off working by hand. Those big orbitals just don't have any real power and have a poor choice of pads. I do think though, that Meguiars is offering foam pad covers for the larger buffers, you might want to look into that, they may work better that way. :dunno:
     
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    I think I remember seeing some of those at autozone, I'll have to look when i go back next.
    But you're saying that one of those buffers would be sufficient with meguiars pads possibly?
    Could I expect decent results for getting out swirl marks and what not?
     
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    Key word there...

    I wouldn't hold my breath unless you have soft paint. Even with a PC, you really have to crank it up to get decent results if you have anything more than real light defects.
     
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    Would it be better to get a 6in over the 10?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Ok, that works out well, seems there are a lot more 6in bonnets than 10in available.
     

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