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gocougs
01-06-2012, 05:05 PM
I need to buy a buffer. What should I get and what price am I looking at? I know I could just go to a store and ask but it's not the same as getting the MC owners perspective.

LaRue
01-06-2012, 05:19 PM
Multiple threads here on buffers and polishers. Do a search keyword buffers

Jerseydave
01-06-2012, 05:31 PM
I use to deal with a lot of body shops and most preferred "FLEX" buffers. Makita makes a good one too. The key is to find one with electronic speed control. This allows the machine to turn at slower speeds but it will still have full power.

Since you're not using it everyday like a body shop, you may not want to spend that much. I think one of the most important items is the pad. Many guys swear by the foam "waffle" pads instead of wool buffing pads.

Opinions???

Sodar
01-06-2012, 05:49 PM
Look through these threads:

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/search.php?searchid=4300497

ccelia
01-07-2012, 10:58 AM
Are you looking to wax the boat or remove oxidation?

If you are trying to remove oxidation, I have had good luck with the rotary from harbor freight, something similar to the following:

http://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-variable-speed-polisher-sander-92623.html

Some people have had bad experiences with these dying prematurely, but for $35 bucks, I figured I could buy a few of them and still be ahead of the game. Results were great when I matched it with the proper boat care oxidation remove kit.

If you are looking for something to wax the boat with, I would suggest a porter cable 7424XP:

http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-7424xp.html

These things are great and can also be used on your car to help remove swirls as well without the risk up burning up the paint/gel coat.

Sullivan
01-07-2012, 11:11 AM
This is what I use and I would never use anything other than it now that I have use it. Very impressive and will not harm the surface you are working on.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/griots+garage+random+orbital.do?sortby=ourPicks

1redTA
01-08-2012, 02:30 PM
I just got a porter cable 7424xp with a 6 pad kit some pad cleaner, pad rejuvenator and the meguire's boat/rv rejuvenator kit on the 81 SnS. I liked it so much I polished the wifes black impala and my sierra. I need to get some more pads and better lighting in the garage to check for left over wax and swirls

JohnE
01-08-2012, 04:00 PM
This is what I use and I would never use anything other than it now that I have use it. Very impressive and will not harm the surface you are working on.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/griots+garage+random+orbital.do?sortby=ourPicks

I have the port cable version of that but also bought a dealt buffer. Each has a place.

liledgy
01-08-2012, 05:10 PM
+ 1 on the makita buffer. I bought it off amazon. Came with a nice storage bag andc2 buffing pads. The variable speed dial is a very nice option as you just lull the trigger and lock it. You can adjust the dial while buffing. The handle to guide the buffer is a nice design to.

Hoosier Bob
01-08-2012, 07:41 PM
If you do not mind Heavy Milwaukee makes a bullet proof buffer. If you want light duty the 7424XP is a good choice. I have used Milwaukee since 82 when I buffed for Car Cosmetics in Newport News VA. That would be a Wheel Man positon. Nasty job but paid well for a high school kid!:D

Vern Swieringa
01-10-2012, 09:42 PM
Can't beat the the Cyclo. They use it on Airforce One http://www.autogeek.net/cyclo-polishers.html