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This is a discussion on Buffers within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; What would be the best buffer for a novice to start with, keep in mind cost as well....

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    What would be the best buffer for a novice to start with, keep in mind cost as well.

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    I use my hands, it's far to easy to burn your paint (if you're new). Takes longer sure but my paint is flawless, I'd fall over dead if it got damaged.. Sorry I know that does'nt help much..
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    Just a thought, maybe try PM'ing that detailer from the claybar thread.. ZO6 goose..
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    Practice on a cheap car, yep. I need to buy a buffer also. I have to many crappy ones, that will not be touching my car.

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    I have a buffer that I got off of Amazon, Turtle Wax 6" Random Orbit Waxer-Polisher, however, they don't sell it anymore. I did find one on ebay:


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TURTL...d=280406854954



    Mine has worked great for the last three years and it cost right around $30.

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    Haven't you used my PC buffer before P? I think it does a nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiggyZ View Post
    Haven't you used my PC buffer before P? I think it does a nice job.
    I have never personally used a buffer myself. You did use your buffer once on my roof when I first got the Camaro way back when. I am wanting to get a buffer soon, I can practice on the Ford. The Camaro really doesn't need much, the black manta area could use a buffing, but its not terrible by any means. The main reason I started the thread was to just get convo and info going on buffers but I would like to get one to do some detailing with this next spring/summer.

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    Porter Oribtal IMO...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28Thunder View Post
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    Quoting FF1 here, what's the retail on that?

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    Depends around 120ish for just the buffer. 150ish if you buy the buffer with some other items making it a kit. FYI Steve's Wholesale here in Tulsa use to carry them. Might check them out first before you buy online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28Thunder View Post
    Porter Oribtal IMO...


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    One of the best tools to have to keep your car looking good. Check www.Adamspolishes.com they sell kits which include everything you would need to get started.

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    I just purchased a DeWalt 7" (DW849) variable speed buffer. Added the velcro backer attachment and Norton Liquid Ice foam pads for a few bucks more. I used my brother-in-law's DeWalt with the same setup when we painted the front end a few months ago and I really liked it. After paint, I buffed the entire car with a mild compound and worked a few problem areas with some heavier compound. Did not have any issues and achieved great results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I just purchased a DeWalt 7" (DW849) variable speed buffer. Added the velcro backer attachment and Norton Liquid Ice foam pads for a few bucks more. I used my brother-in-law's DeWalt with the same setup when we painted the front end a few months ago and I really liked it. After paint, I buffed the entire car with a mild compound and worked a few problem areas with some heavier compound. Did not have any issues and achieved great results.
    What did you pay for your DeWalt Jeff?

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    Good thread. This would be a perfect gift from the wife for Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    What did you pay for your DeWalt Jeff?
    150/160ish? The Porter already comes with the the velcro backing. But the Dewalt is rotary not orbital right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    What did you pay for your DeWalt Jeff?

    I believe it was around $189.00 through a local bodyshop supply company. Amazon has it for $174.44, with free shipping -- can't link to the page though in my post.
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    Yep, you're right. I did use it on your roof when you first got the car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I have never personally used a buffer myself. You did use your buffer once on my roof when I first got the Camaro way back when. I am wanting to get a buffer soon, I can practice on the Ford. The Camaro really doesn't need much, the black manta area could use a buffing, but its not terrible by any means. The main reason I started the thread was to just get convo and info going on buffers but I would like to get one to do some detailing with this next spring/summer.

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    Yep, that's the one I've got and I got it at Steve's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Z28Thunder View Post
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    To me, if you just go with a name brand that you trust, you should be fine. I prefer Dewalt, but the others are probably just as good. The type and style of pads and compounds you use are the most important thing. Eastwoods has a set with a Dewalt and a few liquid ice pads and compound thats good starting point. It looks like its around $300 for all of it. Also, you may look into pneumatic buffers.

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    Preston, if I have to recommend a good buffer for a "novice"...that will be the PC7424XP
    The PC 7424 has been around for a while, and a lot of detailers have one in their arsenal of tools.
    The PC7424-XP is the newest version of the old 7424. The difference is that the XP has more power as in more power for correcting defect.
    The learning curve once you start to use it for the first time is of about 20 minutes.
    The PC7424 is very safe, and user friendly

    I sugest you get one of those instead. Later on, if you want to jump up to a rotary buffer, then you'll be able to make that decision with more certainty
    I have a rotary buffer, and to tell you the truth, I hardly use it
    I have the Flex3401 DA and does a good job

    Keep in mind that you still need to buy buffing pads when you order the PC or any buffer for that matter...

    Here's a very nice kit with everything you'll need to get started...

    http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Pack...ct-description

    Let me know if you have any more questions I can help you with...

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