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    Waxing and buffer question

    Im going to wax my car the for the last time this weekend for the winter. I have a question about those buffers you can buy at say PepBoys. Do they work better then just using a rag to take off the wax and buff? Or is a rag just as good? I've never used one before i guess because i've heard that if you dont use it right it could damage the paint or somthing like that? Is that true? How hard could it be to use?

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    ive had a buffer for years...used once...i stuck with the rag because i was always worried about burning the paint with the buffer (shouldn't happen as long as you keep it moving though)
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    Are you talking about a buffer or an orbital? Orbital's are great for putting wax on, it makes the job so much faster and it rubs the wax in good too. I wouldn't use it for taking the wax off, do that the old fashioned way, elbow grease! I would leave buffing to the pro's ( like me ) so you don't get swirls or burn the paint

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    ive used a craftsman orbital buffer from sears with good results, but it can be a hassle (not cordless) so now i stick to the old fashioned way.

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    the idea behind a wax job is UNIFORM COVERAGE.

    the random orbit buffer can do it faster and better than any hand application, and the likely-hood of you hurting the paint is pretty much non-existance as long as you keep the bonnet nice and clean. The random orbit doesn't spin fast enough to cause damage the same way a rotary buffer does.

    So using a buffer to apply is very helpful. That being said, I still hand-buff the wax off. Feels more satisfying that way. ;p
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