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orbital buffer

Postby nlcrane » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:59 pm

Does anyone have a suggestion for an economic hand held, variable speed orbital polisher with attachments for polishing and buffing? Nothing too expensive though, it’s only a hobby after all and I will probably end up using it only once.
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Re: orbital buffer

Postby NMV 1E » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:48 pm

Sorry sir, not a fan of or a personal favorite of mine .... I've seen too many "swirly" swirls .... Elbow grease wins hands down for me, every time. Maybe I'm just "odd" :?:
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Re: orbital buffer

Postby Chris Barney » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:14 pm

DA polisher. DA is duel action. This is what professional detailers use. You cannot create swirls with a DA. The clue is in the name dual action. Check you tube for how to use.
I use one for cutting and polishing. You will be amazed. You will never hand polish again.
You can get a decent one for around £95
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Re: orbital buffer

Postby nlcrane » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:24 pm

Thanks guys I will get onto that dual action thingie. I usually do do these things by hand, only of late my hands are not what they used to be.
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Re: orbital buffer

Postby Brake buster » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:40 pm

halfords sell one, ok for the ' hobbyist '

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Re: orbital buffer

Postby moglite » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:20 pm

Argos do one too - but not tried it

But for that price I might retire my old single action polisher

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Re: orbital buffer

Postby carsie » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:46 pm

Hi Norm, :D long time no speak- hope you're well.

I'll concur with the lads, you really need a "proper" machine polisher not a mickey mouse Amazon thingy.

A DA sander is great for the bodyshop where you want to take down the paint surface for prep but for polishing you really need something like a Stork machine which has plenty of torque and a slow speed that doesn't burn the paint surface.

I'd spend the time hunting on fleabay for a bodyshop polish machine rather than a retail polisher, You'll need a couple of different heads and then browse the 3m range or Farecla- use an old squeezy bottle with water to keep the head and panel cool, a small area at a time not more than 2ft square (old money)- start on the boot first to get the hang of it and definitely, as has already been recommended, watch the You Tube clips.

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Re: orbital buffer

Postby Chris Barney » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:15 am

Carsie is spot on. Cheap versions like halfords are not DA and could/will burn pain.
Ebay is where to look and as I said previously go on u tube for how to use
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Re: orbital buffer

Postby nlcrane » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:20 am

I have bought myself the Dino 640200 DA orbital polisher; I have followed the Youtube review material (almost all in Deutsch) and am impressed. I am not going to be offering professional polishing services to all my neighbours and I most certainly will not be using it on Sovereign, so I don’t need a top of the line tool that would probably cost the earth and only be used once. I need to polish one bonnet, and if it doesn’t work out as planned, the tool will be delegated to one of the darker corners of the garage and the bonnet will go to the paint shop.
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