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Old 07-22-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Waxing With Buffer For The First Time... Help

So, I can finally wax my truck again after some paint work. She is washed, dry, and sitting in the shade. She doesn't need any clay, I checked. Just about ready to wax, but I am a complete noob at using buffers (I borrowed a deployed friends buffer). It is a random orbital Turtle Wax buffer. Should I hand apply my wax and use the buffer to remove it? It seems like applying the wax with the buffer would work it in more (I have Meguiars Ultimate Liquid Wax and Meguiars Cleaner Wax), but I want to be sure before I start. I tried searching for this, but none of the posts I read specifically addressed this (admittedly I didn't scour super hard). Thanks for any help you fine people can provide!
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You need a wax pad for the buffer, usually black in color. I would apply wax by hand if you do not. However, you can use any color pad and lay a soft microfiber towel down on the paint and then put the buffer on the towel. Keep pressure on the buffer and move it slowly around. It will take the wax off. To be honest, the buffer really should be used to polish the paint. Wax just protects. The real shine comes from the polishing.
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You need a wax pad for the buffer, usually black in color. I would apply wax by hand if you do not. However, you can use any color pad and lay a soft microfiber towel down on the paint and then put the buffer on the towel. Keep pressure on the buffer and move it slowly around. It will take the wax off. To be honest, the buffer really should be used to polish the paint. Wax just protects. The real shine comes from the polishing.
Thanks for the reply! I am going to polish soon, but unfortunately I am playing single daddy to a toddler today, so I have to do this while he goes down for a nap... haha!
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I would probably just skip the buffer, it will cause more harm then good. No need to really "work in wax" it's the polish that needs to be worked in with a buffer. Just hand wax it.
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Use micro fiber cloths to remove the dried wax; cotton terry cloth will scratch the living crap out of the paint. Did you know terry cloth fibers are more abrasive than steel wool?
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Unless you are using a porter cable, flex, or some other type of buffer, the turtle wax buffer isn't going to be much help.
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Thanks for the reply! I am going to polish soon, but unfortunately I am playing single daddy to a toddler today, so I have to do this while he goes down for a nap... haha!
Ah yes, the old get stuff done during nap time. Been there many times. If you have the right pad then it is way easier. No pad, do it by hand. Just stay away from the black trim with that wax. Or tape it with painters tape.
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