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ddub
07-31-2006, 02:44 PM
Do you have a recommendation for a good buffer for polishing your paint to perfection?

Don Wilson
53 Commander Hardtop
64 Champ 1/2 ton
Centralia, WA

unclemiltie
07-31-2006, 05:07 PM
I bought a Milwaukee around 10 years ago and it does beautiful work. A body man friend steered me in this direction. He said to buy first quality and get first quality work. He was correct once again.

Milt

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Dick Steinkamp
07-31-2006, 05:14 PM
quote:Originally posted by ddub

Do you have a recommendation for a good buffer for polishing your paint to perfection?


Porter Cable 7424...pretty much the industry standard.

http://www.properautocare.com/74uldema.html



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JDP
07-31-2006, 06:44 PM
I love my Makita, it's not as heavy as some of the others.


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Guido
07-31-2006, 07:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

I love my Makita, it's not as heavy as some of the others.
JDP,

I have often heard that there are a lot of Makita counterfeits in the market. How do you avoid that other than trying to deal with a reputable dealer?

Gary

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Kdancy
07-31-2006, 09:00 PM
http://autobodystore.com/forum/index.php
Good forum to ask these questions. A lot of body repair and restoration guys on here.

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N8N
07-31-2006, 09:08 PM
I'm waiting for Ron Dame to see this thread and tell us what he thinks of Craftsman buffers (it's not particularly complimentary...)

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bradnree
07-31-2006, 10:06 PM
I use a Griot's air driven buffer (you can get an electric one) with 3 grades of cleaner---depending on the haze and one polish. Griot's is on-line with all of the supplies. Excellent, very very light weight, easy to use, and does not burn the paint. Several people near here in Kansas and Missouri are using same. I was referred by a couple of them...brad

ROADRACELARK
07-31-2006, 10:26 PM
Can't beat the old B&D from the 60's:) yep, mine's still running after a set of new brushes and a power cord 1750 RPM with the new velcro back up plate and foam pads. Almost imposible to "burn" the edges. Best invention since the shirt pocket. JMO:)
Dan

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stude freak
08-01-2006, 12:14 AM
I got an old B&D like Dan great for building up your fore arms too.I also got a new Makita lighter n just as good,and an air buffer grinder great for sharp corners as you can adjust speed with air volume.Just remember like "smokey the barr' says only you can prevent paint burn .Take your time and use patience.And after buffing use a good clay bar to remove any swirls n you be amazed at the luster it has.

David Baggett Mantachie,Ms.

ROADRACELARK
08-01-2006, 08:34 AM
The key to using the ole' B&D is to let the weight work for yuu not against you. That is one of the drawbacks of the light weight air buffers, you have to keep pressure on it to get the job done. They're great in tight spots and the vertical surfaces, but require more work on the flat ones.:)
Dan

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ddub
08-01-2006, 05:24 PM
Sounds like everyone is pretty happy with what they have. Maybe this is one tool where you can't go wrong.

Don Wilson
53 Commander Hardtop
64 Champ 1/2 ton
Centralia, WA