3pc Buffer/Polishing Kit - Opinions Needed

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Your missing a few steps in between.

Clay bar
Polish - usually two steps, swirl remover type grade then fine polish
Sealer (optional)
Wax and/or glaze

If you don't polish the wax won't matter, this is where the shine comes from. I started using Adams stuff a couple years ago. Good stuff and they have a lot videos and a forum.

You only need a buffer if your wet sanding. Everything listed above works good by hand.
 

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Read clay instructions. Gets easy after handling a while. Take before and after pictures as we expect results.

indeed!

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I had one of those random orbital polishers and gave it away. They do a good job, but by the time you're finished your wrists are numb from the vibrating. I went to a variable speed polisher from Harbor Freight.
The foam pad can be replaced with a wool bonnet for buffing. I like it MUCH better.
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Ive been contemplating one of them there buffers....
 

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I've been using a dynabrade RA attachment on my old Milwaukee polisher. (Old school aluminum case monster)
Not cheap at 150.00 for the RA head, but you get what you pay for.
 

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Seeing I have no idea when the last time this had a decent wax, will hand apply & polish the 1st coat. Then follow up with a 2nd coat and will use the machine to polish it up & then hand finish the polishing.
Maybe try some Nu-Finish(polymer teflon in the orange bottle attainable @ any kragen, pep boyz etc for less than 10 bux)by hand w/ clean microfibres. That will bring back a lot of color.....but red is tough & has the worst die-back rate. Your car didnt look oxidized to me so a hand job could be adequate....if top surfaces are oxidized, then You need to machine(rotary) polish with a gentle cutting compound, give fresh surface a handful of days to toughen up, then a good handjob with Nu-Finish(or wax) & micro fibres.
Roger that! Watched the videos on Mothers website. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend as long as it's not raining, AGAIN!
Just dont do it in the sun, keep those surface temps cool....inside, still air, is really best, then You're not fighting with airborne debris settling into the work causng errant scratches.
 

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I've been using a dynabrade RA attachment on my old Milwaukee polisher. (Old school aluminum case monster)
Not cheap at 150.00 for the RA head, but you get what you pay for.
Old school, variable speed Milwaukeee & Sioux grinder/buffers are absolutely the best. RA, meaning random action??
 

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Maybe try some Nu-Finish(polymer teflon in the orange bottle attainable @ any kragen, pep boyz etc for less than 10 bux)by hand w/ clean microfibres. That will bring back a lot of color.....but red is tough & has the worst die-back rate. Your car didnt look oxidized to me so a hand job could be adequate....if top surfaces are oxidized, then You need to machine(rotary) polish with a gentle cutting compound, give fresh surface a handful of days to toughen up, then a good handjob with Nu-Finish(or wax) & micro fibres.

Just dont do it in the sun, keep those surface temps cool....inside, still air, is really best, then You're not fighting with airborne debris settling into the work causng errant scratches.

So you like the Nu-Finish, Jimi?

Ive always been told it's snake-oil. Never had any first-hand experience.

and 1000% on the more still the air, the better. damn errant scratches will drive a man to insanity!!!
 

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I don't want this to sound like an Infomercial, but I use and recommend the "Wax Attack" polisher setup from Mothers. I have been fortunate enough to win a lot of polishes over the years, so I rarely buy the stuff, but this polishing machine is brilliant. Apparently it's virtually idiot-proof to use - next to impossible to ruin your paint. And with a lifetime warranty, there's no worries if it ever breaks down. My buddy who uses his on boats all the time has already tested the warranty replacement scheme with absolutely no drama.
It really is a case of wax-on, wax-off. I also use the clay bar before a polish, and quik detailer just to go around the car before a show.
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I have spare sponge heads for applying the wax, and for removing/buffing.
 

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I don't want this to sound like an Infomercial, but I use and recommend the "Wax Attack" polisher setup from Mothers. I have been fortunate enough to win a lot of polishes over the years, so I rarely but the stuff, but this polishing machine is brilliant. Apparently it's virtually idiot-proof to use - next to impossible to ruin your paint. And with a lifetime warranty, there's no worries if it ever breaks down. My buddy who uses his on boats all the time has already tested the warranty replacement scheme with absolutely no drama.
It really is a case of wax-on, wax-off. I also use the clay bar before a polish, and quik detailer just to go around the car before a show.
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I have spare sponge heads for applying the wax, and for removing/buffing.

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So you like the Nu-Finish, Jimi?

Ive always been told it's snake-oil. Never had any first-hand experience.

and 1000% on the more still the air, the better. damn errant scratches will drive a man to insanity!!!
Yup, been multi-using it since it came out in the 80's. Wipe on in clean straight lines, let air dry & buff off with clean microfibres.
I use it in my compound mix on cured finishes. Also as a finish coat on acrylics, plexi-glass. It is a no shit product IMO.....cutting & polishing is something i've done a lot of for a long time, multiple mediums....the Nu-Finish has never bitten me in the ass.
 

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Thanks Guys! Will get these as well! Seesh, gonna be an all day affair from wash til wax.

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Yup, been multi-using it since it came out in the 80's. Wipe on in clean straight lines, let air dry & buff off with clean microfibres.
I use it in my compound mix on cured finishes. Also as a finish coat on acrylics, plexi-glass. It is a no shit product IMO.....cutting & polishing is something i've done a lot of for a long time, multiple mediums....the Nu-Finish has never bitten me in the ass.
Maybe BC can start traveling around the US in his motorhome and stop in members areas and polish there cars, for a fee of course.....There are a lot of over the counter products available and a lot of car washes that offer these services but they are very very very few people left like BC that knows how to do it right!

Last year I gave up on doing this myself anymore....I invest my time elsewhere...Black cars will even break the best polisher, lol...
 

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Maybe BC can start traveling around the US in his motorhome and stop in members areas and polish there cars, for a fee of course.....There are a lot of over the counter products available and a lot of car washes that offer these services but they are very very very few people left like BC that knows how to do it right!

Last year I gave up on doing this myself anymore....I invest my time elsewhere...Black cars will even break the best polisher, lol...
Thanks for the confidence MN!
 

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I bought my KIT from California Car Cover
Milwaukee polisher
5-gal bucket with everything needed including micro fibers, waxing materials, polishing, Cream wax, Swirl remover...ah, you know...everything.
I REALLY like and "PUSH" Calif Car Cover products...
 

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Didn't you read the other recent post about geezers on here living large and paying others to detail their car? I still say it's therapy.
 

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Didn't you read the other recent post about geezers on here living large and paying others to detail their car? I still say it's therapy.
Waxing is therapy.....cut polishing is Bust Ass....lol!
 
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