ISO: Paint buffer/polisher

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  1. SHOVNST

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    My friend’s wife wants to get a paint polisher/buffer for his birthday. He has a new black Subaru STI. He is very picky about keeping the paint clean and she would like to get something nice. Her budget is $300. I would love to hear any recommendations and/or feedback. Thanks!


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    The Porter Cable 7424 6" random orbital has been the favorite of both amateurs and professionals for many years. Based on multiple recommendations, I bought mine 20 years ago for my black 911 and black SHO. It still works great and 6" pads are easy to find from many sources. Here it is on Amazon for under $120:

    https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-7424XP-6-Inch-Variable-Speed-Polisher/dp/B002654I46

    And here's the Porter Cable website:

    https://www.portercable.com/product...in-variablespeed-random-orbit-polisher/7424xp
     
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    Porter you should get some royalties on that item, and/or mentioning it. LOL

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    It depends on what you’re trying to do. You probably don’t need this thing for general use, waxing, etc, but I tend to go overboard with tools. Lol

    If she can find another 100 bucks or so, you can’t go wrong with this one. https://www.autogeek.net/flex-orbital-polisher.html

    It is a random orbit buffer with the power of a rotary buffer. It has every bit as much power as the commercial buffers used in body shops but it’s orbital so you can’t burn through your paint. I’ve had the Flex for a couple years and would buy it again for twice the money. It’s really that good.
     
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    Never heard of that one. Again though, going with a commonly used unit like the 7424 really helps for getting things like pads My pad collection now is all from Harbor Freight

    You will also find tips on various car sites that will reference using the 7424

    The key thing is to get a random orbital Much easier to use without the problem of burning through the finish (you really have to screw up to do that!)
     
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    ceramic coating. no buffer needed. however i do have a porta cable that works well.
     
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    Just so that Ron gets his royalty money, I will correct this post so that it reads......

    PORTER cable.

    Ka-ching. There you go Ron. Lil more money for 'ya pal.

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    :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, This would be my recommendation. Have had one for many years for personal use and my dad used these for about 20 yrs starting early 80's at a detailing business he had going, did cars, trucks, semis, boats and a small plane once. Excellent buffer, near inpossible to burn paint as the heads are free wheeling and basically float, but you can still pretty much just let it glide across surface with a very light hold to guide it, no real pressure normally needed. many brush and pad options. My dad had 2 that seen heavy daily use for those years, never a problem except worn out brushes a few times that were easily replaceable. Ours are single speed and were near 300. Didn't know the has variable speed, must be somewhat newer versions.
     
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