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Old 01-09-2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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Just got a buffer... now what?

G/f just got me this 7in cordless buffer for christmas:


I have always used the 3 stage meguire's kit (cleaner/polish/wax), how would you guys recommend I clean the outside?

I will obviously wash the car first, but do I use the buffer for application and removal of each step, or just removal? Also do I only use the buffer at the wax stage or at every stage? I'm basically looking to get my car looking like a mirror on wheels I need to get rid of these swirl marks.
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Old 01-09-2006, 02:46 PM   #2
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If you want to remove swirls your going to need an abrasive polish. We recommend the combination of a medium abrasive followed by a light abrasive polish. At first we use the Poorboy's World SSR 2.5 to remove the heavy swirls and follow it up with the Poorboy's World SSR 1.0 to get rid of any hazing and restore surface gloss. Follow that up with your favorite sealant and or wax and you should be all set. I highly recommend either Klasse AIO or Menzerna FMJ.

Bonnets are usually used for removal while pads usually apply the product, however I'm not familiar your buffer. I'm sure its a nice gift but honestly you might be better off with the Porter Cable 7424 and the appropriate pads. Those buffers often don't have enough RPMs and lack the proper padding. I had one a long time ago with a terry cloth bonnet that I swear must have added a bazillion swirls. I guess the return idea depends on how sensative the girlfriend is and how much you want the car to look good.

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Old 01-09-2006, 03:14 PM   #3
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If you want to remove swirls your going to need an abrasive polish. We recommend the combination of a medium abrasive followed by a light abrasive polish. At first we use the Poorboy's World SSR 2.5 to remove the heavy swirls and follow it up with the Poorboy's World SSR 1.0 to get rid of any hazing and restore surface gloss. Follow that up with your favorite sealant and or wax and you should be all set. I highly recommend either Klasse AIO or Menzerna FMJ.

Bonnets are usually used for removal while pads usually apply the product, however I'm not familiar your buffer. I'm sure its a nice gift but honestly you might be better off with the Porter Cable 7424 and the appropriate pads. Those buffers often don't have enough RPMs and lack the proper padding. I had one a long time ago with a terry cloth bonnet that I swear must have added a bazillion swirls. I guess the return idea depends on how sensative the girlfriend is and how much you want the car to look good.

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Last thing I wanna do is add more swirls....
Yeah she's pretty sensitive which could make it complicated.
I suppose I'll give it a try and see what happens, maybe it's actually pretty good, who knows.
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This is a very comprehensive DIY:
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