What to look for in a random-orbit buffer for waxing car paint

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by techman41973, Apr 20, 2007.

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    techman41973 Guest

    I am about to get a new car and would like to start the habit of
    waxing the paint regularly.
    Are the cheap random orbit buffers (such as ones at walmart) effective
    enough or do the more expense models offer something worth the extra
    money? Please recommend brands and models. I see buffers that are 6
    inches, 8 and 10 inches. Which is an ideal size for waxing a car.
    techman41973, Apr 20, 2007
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    twofake Guest

    YOU WILL REGRET IT! I regularly make furniture and finish it with
    automotive paint.I have the random orbital as well as a professional
    Makita polisher.Keep away from your car's new finish with these unless
    you want to mess it up.Yes use it on an old faded car though.If you do
    get one, definitely get the pro version and not a random orbit one
    which won't make it very shiny. Good luck.
    twofake, Apr 20, 2007
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    N8N Guest

    Don't go cheap on a buffer. I know a guy who ruined a new paint job
    on his pickup truck when he was buffing the hood with a well-known
    brand name buffer whose name sounds very similar to "Crapsman" and the
    head of the buffer flew off letting the spindle drop onto the fresh
    paint. He was somewhat upset by this.

    That said, on a *NEW* car I would probably hand wax only; if you
    really want to use a buffer go real light on it and always clean well
    before buffing. Machine buffing a new finish may introduce swirl
    marks that weren't there before.

    Follow the mfgr's recommendations for waxing; if they tell you to wait
    a specified period of time before the first waxing, do it. Polish
    only until that time. You want the paint to set up/harden completely
    before sealing it with wax.

    good luck,

    N8N, Apr 20, 2007
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    Pete C. Guest

    That would indeed be somewhat upsetting. On the cheap end of things I'm
    not so sure however. I got the $20 Ryobi 6" RO buffer in a nice case at
    'Cheapo and so far after quite a bit of use I love it. It's compact so
    it's easy to operate with one hand, has plenty of power so it doesn't
    ever bog down and just plain works well.
    Right, unless you are a pro, don't do anything but careful had washing
    and waxing until the new car finish is no longer new.
    Pete C., Apr 20, 2007

  5. Wax it as little as possible, if at all. Every time you wash and wax
    it you will scratch the clearcoat/paint. I have a 15 year old vehicle
    that still shines like new but it's not because I wax it, it hasn't
    been waxed in years. I keep it out of the sun as much as possible and
    purposely avoid rubbing the paint with needless weekly washes. Wax
    will make weathered paint look better but I've never seen a study that
    demonstrated that waxing actually prevented weathering. It's a
    balancing act.
    Ashton Crusher, Apr 21, 2007
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    Bucky Guest

    You don't want to wax the *paint* on a new car. They have a clearcoat
    over the paint, so the most you want to do is use 100% carnauba wax
    (absolutely no polish, which is abrasive). you don't need a machine
    buffer for applying carnauba wax over clearcoat, all that would do is
    wear out the clearcoat sooner.

    in my opinion, you only need polish wax and machine buffer after the
    paint is starting to wear.
    Bucky, Apr 21, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    well said. all the cars i've ever seen that have peeling clearcoat [and
    i own one] are cars that have been excessively cleaned at some point in
    their history. i believe that some cleaning chemicals cause this.
    jim beam, Apr 21, 2007
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    Nick Guest

    I've been using Zaino bros Z-2 polish on my 95 Integra twice a year
    and the car shines like new. As someone else suggested, I would wait
    until the manufacture recommended time interval before applying any
    waxes so that the paint and clear coat dry well.

    Nick, Apr 29, 2007
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