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    Good enough for polishing?

    I was given a craftsman 6'' polisher as a gift a few years ago. While i want to use it i do not have any pads for it and not sure how to find them for this thing. Anyone have any idea if this will work on my car and if so where to get the pads.

    Model Number is 315.115060
    but googling it i am seeing it go by 11506



    • 4.5 amp motor - provides power for most all sanding and polishing needs.
    • Two Speeds (1400 & 1650 RPM) - Lower speed for polishing; Higher speed for sanding
    • Rear Twist Handle - rotates 90 deg with push of button for more comfort and control
    • Spindle Lock w/pin provided - for ease of changing paper, pads, or bonnets
    • The extended length, two finger switch w/lock-on - provides more control and comfort during extended use
    • Auxiliary Handle - mounts left, right, or top for added control
    • Ball and Sleeve Bearing - permanently lubricated for long service free life
    • Live Tool Indicator - glows green to make user aware of current to tool
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    I use Norton Liquid Ice pads on my DeWalt buffer -- available on-line or at many auto body stores. Keep them clean and they'll last a while.

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    looking around i think i can rig somthing up to work and the rpm's is in the right range to use on a car

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    This buffer, while not offering the best speed variables, you can still use it for paint correction.
    I would recommend using it at its lowest setting.
    As for the pads, I can't tell by the pic the size of the backing plate.
    It looks like it might have the 6" or the 7" pads.

    I would recommend getting a 6" backing plate and use the 6.5" buffing pads
    You can get the Meguiars pads locally.

    Here is a selection of backing plates:
    http://www.autogeek.net/lc43175.html
    http://www.autogeek.net/mgw65.html

    Meguiars polishing pads:
    http://www.autogeek.net/mg64.html

    Meguiars also has a "Soft Buff" cutting pad. It's a burgandy color.

    Again, I think the smaller set-up (6.5" BP and 6" pads) would be better as a starting point for you.
    Work the machine slow, keep it moving it until you get the hang of it.
    This machine could be a bear to handle at first, but with caution and a lot of common sense you can learn how to use it.
    Get a hood or something like that from a junk yard real cheap and practice with it.

    PM me if you have any specific questions or where to buy some pads and what you need to get started...

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