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The Black Magic Bullet

This is a discussion on The Black Magic Bullet within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; If you guys have lurked around this section of the forum, you've probably seen my opinion on the mothers powerball. ...

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    The Black Magic Bullet

    If you guys have lurked around this section of the forum, you've probably seen my opinion on the mothers powerball. If not, to sum it up, I think it's junk (And believe me I know a lot of you love it). Even then, I still get my current mini out every once in a while and give it another chance, only to be disappointed every time. Recently, I've seen mothers have came out with their powercone. Not tried it yet, but seeing that it just looks like a powerball that is cone shaped, I have little desire to give it a chance.

    So at the parts store this weekend, I came across Black Magic's Bullet. I have always loved Black Magic's products (leather care, wheel cleaner, tire cleaner, etc), so, with high hopes, I decided to give em my 25 bucks and it give it a chance. It seems fairly well made, using a decent amout of stitching on the "flaps". It also has a kinda cool flip out handle to help you stabilize the thing.

    Well sorry to say, it disappointed me. The so-called "micro fiber" cloth that surrounds the powerball-like foam doesn't seem to have much polishing power. I used the supplied titanium wheel polish, mothers aluminum polish, and mothers billet, only to get the same poor results everytime. I didn't get much shine at all. Keep in mind, a few month ago, I fully wetsanded and repolished my wheels (using "non-brand" name cottom buffs) to a shine that was, in my opinion, better than it was new. However, I haven't gave up on the bullet yet, as I don't feel like I've gave it enough trials to have my full opinion of it yet. I will give it this; the few hours I played around with the bullet, it has held up much better than the powerballs I've tried.

    So I wanted to see if any of you have tried the bullet yet and what your opinions were so far. I'm gonna give my wheels a quick round of 2000 grit (as opposed to using only 1500 the last round of wetsanding) and give it another chance this week. I'll check in with the results.

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    Nothing competes with 100% cotton and some good ol' elbow grease, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiggyZ View Post
    Nothing competes with 100% cotton and some good ol' elbow grease, imo.
    You know. . I can see that . . .because it seems like most of the time I can get a pretty good shine with my cotton buffs in the drill, but sometimes just a plain old terry clothe and regular mothers does just as well (at least on easy to get to areas).

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    what wheels do yo have that you wetsand them and re-polish? how do you even do that? do you have any pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfranks View Post
    what wheels do yo have that you wetsand them and re-polish? how do you even do that? do you have any pics?
    eagle 077's. . . only pic ive took since the last wetsanding and polishing (took with my cell phone):


    You just use wetsanding paper and water. . . and sand em. Then polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    eagle 077's. . . only pic ive took since the last wetsanding and polishing (took with my cell phone):
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    You just use wetsanding paper and water. . . and sand em. Then polish.
    holy blurry picture batman

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfranks View Post
    holy blurry picture batman
    sorry 1.3 mp camera on phone . . .

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    UPDATE: I have concluded that the bullet is worthless . . . don't buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    UPDATE: I have concluded that the bullet is worthless . . . don't buy
    I wasn't planning on it, but thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiggyZ View Post
    I wasn't planning on it, but thanks.
    well now ya know for sure . . .
    oh and for comparison to these type products from the auto stores, i picked up a 4" triple stitched treated cotton buff wheel at lowes for $4 . . . used a drill shaft from a wore out buff from my harbor freight kit to mount it on and . . . works amazing.
    similar to this:

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    well it seems like you cant win my man!!! But i am a firm beliver of a old t shirt and some rims polish and go to town. I havent used any power ball or anything else like that and dont really plan on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSNAKEATER23 View Post
    well it seems like you cant win my man!!! But i am a firm beliver of a old t shirt and some rims polish and go to town. I havent used any power ball or anything else like that and dont really plan on it.
    Well I agree sometimes. . . maybe not a t shirt, but anything terry clothe like. But in the right circumstances (clean, new cotton buffs, fresh mothers, cold beer) the powered buffs, except this useless bullet and the powerball, have beaten polishing by hand hands down, no pun not intended on purpose lol
    I only got to polish the drivers side wheels last weekend wasn't happy with the results . . . so this weekend I will touch up the drivers side and go at the passenger with this new cotton buff.

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