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Old 02-29-2004, 09:22 AM
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Buffers and bonnets

I am pretty dumb in this area, but hope to be the smartest in my neighborhood after you folks fill me in.

Buffing machine: Random orbit or orbital?
10-inch, 6-inch or both


Bonnets: which one for which type of compound(s)?

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Orbitals suck.Get a variable speed 7" buffer.I think Makita is the best.I also have a Dewalt and a Milwalkee but the Makita is lighter...and believe me you will notice a difference after about a half hour.
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I agree orbitals su&^. Makita is a superb brand, but I honestly have had real good service out of a cheap Harbor Freight variable speed model.

There is only one name to remember in buffing and polishing bonnets, and that is 3M IMO.

I order my buffing and polishing supplies from Levine Automotive.

http://store.yahoo.com/levineauto/index.html

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3M is a really good product, and I use them occasionally.
But I prefer Maguires products. I buy them directly from Maguires.

Be sure you get several of each foam density, and use them with the right step. In other words don't use one pad for two different compounds or cuts.

Look for a light buffer with variable speed, like said they get heaver all the time. I use a 7 inch and a 4 inch. Good Luck

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Thanks all. Looks like the 7" orbital is the main baby.

I have some 3M compounds and some Meguiars. Levines looks like they have it all. I have a Sherwin Williams Automotive here that sells 3M stuff, so I'll price them both out.

But, I am still a little lost.

Anyone using a DA for the smaller stuff??

Which type of bonnet with which compound???

Also, I understand rubbing and polishing compounds, but I'm getting lost in the "glazing" stuff. Is it after wax, instead of wax, totally acrylic and stay away from wax??

How many steps in glazing?

Thanks again!!
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Glaze comes as the last step before wax. After you have finished polishing, the surface looks super except you can occasionally see some swirls and 'grain' if the sun is just right. Glaze is a polymer based liquid (looks like really runny clay to me) that you polish on just like your finish polishing compound. It fill in all the microscopic scratches left by the polish and eliminates the swirl marks. Really makes a big difference.
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Thanks for all the info!!

I went ahead and bought a Harbor Freight 7" today for $49. A pound heavier than the Makita, but it's variable, etc. Comes with the hard rubber backer and a foam padded velcro backer.

I looked at Levines and didn't see any 7" stuff, but lots of 8".

Should I just get an 8" backer and go from there? There's a Sherwin Williams here that carries 3M, so if they're close on price I'll be buffing tomorrow.

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