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horseballz
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posted 12-25-2002 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for horseballz   Click Here to Email horseballz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aaahhh, Merry Christmas to all,
I'm still like a little kid on Christmas morning. How I love to open and play with new toys (tools) and the clothes are kinda nice too! It's really great also to enjoy the happiness on loved ones faces as they open gifts that I've given, especially the ones that I got right. An unexpected gift I received is a random orbital polisher buffer. As I've never used one I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with these, are they OK to use on Clear Coat (new car) finishes and are there any secret do's or don'ts in their use. Any thoughts are welcomed, and I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season.
gene (horseballz)

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Moneymaker
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posted 12-25-2002 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, we have one and they are great. Just slow enough so even the most "polisher challenged" can't burn the paint.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 12-26-2002 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember reading in a car mag years ago about using a buffer. They showed taping the separations between body and the door, trunk, and hood edges. This would prevent burning the paint off the edges. They stated that care must be used to not burn the paint off any sharp edges like body creases and accents. I think the obital is slower, but I would keep the buffer moving and use plenty of polish. Good luck, Charlie

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soaring
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posted 12-27-2002 06:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for soaring   Click Here to Email soaring     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed about keeping her moving, and using lots of polish, especially on the semi-sharp edges. Personally, I like to use my hands, since I can feel the amount of pressure and grit taking off the crap. My thoughts are that you need to use an extremely low grit polish on the clear coat, and use very little pressure. That's why I prefer using my own hands with a sponge. Mother's gold is a good brand for this use. I'm sure I'll get a lot flack from other pros, but that's the one I've been using for many years with great success.. Look at the pic below.

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horseballz
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posted 12-27-2002 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for horseballz   Click Here to Email horseballz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies,
The unit that I have is a "Craftsman" that does only 2400 random orbits per minute. I realize that extreme care must be used when using any kind of abrasive compounds for polishing. I am more concerned about it's use for wax removal and buffing. I suspect that I will still apply the wax by hand, and am just thinking about how much it will help to save my arms, being that I'm such an "old [email protected]".
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