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Cordless Drill Buffing Attachment

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by guitarjamman, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Mar 25, 2013 at 6:26 AM
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    guitarjamman

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    Is this a good idea? Spring time is coming and I would like to buff/polish the entire truck after going through a wash and clay bar (first time doing that too).

    Is there an attachment I could purchase to use with my cordless drill to make this process easier? I have a lot of fine scratches in the clearcoat and would like to address these. All advice welcome.
     
  2. Mar 25, 2013 at 6:32 AM
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    Pugga

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    I wouldn't... Check out the Porter Cable orbital polisher. It's very user friendly and you won't burn through your clear coat.

    This is the one I'd get if I went with a mechanical buffer:
    http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-7424xp.html

    That website also carries a lot of good detailing products if you're interested.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2013 at 6:34 AM
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    Sloth

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    I have a corded black & decker orbital. Was maybe $25. Cheap and works. Get some halfway decent buffing pads and you'll be good.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    Definitely look into the pc. a drill would be dangerous unless you really know what you are doing.
     
  5. Mar 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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    ^^^ x2. Go with the random orbit Porter Cable. If you're new to polishing ESPECIALLY!!! It's cheap, effective, and won't get you into trouble.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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    Using a drill to polish is OK for something like headlights, but I wouldn't use it on paint. It's too hard to control.

    I don't like the PC, but tons of people love it and get great results. I prefer a rotary, which is more dangerous, but much quicker. A good rotary (Dewalt or Makita) runs close to $200 but you can get a cheap one at Harbor Freight for under $40.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=polisher

    If you go with a rotary, watch some very detailed instructional videos first and polish a 'practice vehicle' before you touch your baby with it. Also, use a high-quality polish with very fine abrasives, never 'compound'.
     
  7. Mar 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    Oh yes, don't get me wrong I would love to have a DeWalt and will probably get one soon. I just would not recommend the average joe to get a rotary buffer unless they were planning on getting serious about paint correction. The Porter Cable 7424 has its limitations no doubt. If I don't get a DeWalt I will at least spring for a Flex.
     
  8. Mar 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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  9. Mar 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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    I agree 100 %. Some people have reported good results with the new Meguiar's system. But if your gonna be polishing more than once get a DA! It will pay for itself right off the bat.

    PS: Hello Psynx!
     
  10. Mar 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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    lol i recognized that avatar hahaha waddup
     
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