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salem

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The last time we waxed our rig we did it by hand. I found an electric buffer at Pep Boys for around $42.00. (10 inch pad, 3000 rpms) I would be interested in hearing what you use.

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I am now using the orbital buffer. I use it for everything except for removing the wax residue. That choir is still a hand job for me.


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The last time, I swore I'd never do it again. Now, I'm feeling this burst of energy but want to make it as easy as possible.

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I bought an orbital buffer from Walmart for around $22. Make sure it is orbital to avoid circular streaks in the wax.


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If you have never used a regular buffer, now is not the time to learn. You can burn the paint/finish if you are not careful. A Random Orbital Buffer will do the job with very little effort or danger of ruining the finish.


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Porter Cable makes a nice orbital polisher that is not too heavy and does a great job. I have an old professional "GEM" orbital polisher that weighs 14 pounda. That is a great polisher but it is a real workout to use it on horizontal surfaces like MH sides! The Porter Cable is light and easier to use for long periods.

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A random orbital is much better for buffing and 3,000 RPM is way too fast. Buffing shoule not be done over 1,800 RPM.


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Wow! I'm glad I asked. I had not even thought of getting an "orbital" buffer, nor did I know that 3,000 rpms was way too fast. The local LOWE'S store carry Porter-Cable products but they did not carry polishers. Do you know who may? We have a HOME DEPOT, W-MART, SEARS, etc.

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harold1946 wrote:

A random orbital is much better for buffing and 3,000 RPM is way too fast. Buffing shoule not be done over 1,800 RPM.


X2 on the orbital buffer...much easier to use and won't "burn" your paint job....Read the instructions on the buffer and follow them...it's easy....and as stated earlier, you can get one in the low to mid $20 range...


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salem wrote:

Wow! I'm glad I asked. I had not even thought of getting an "orbital" buffer, nor did I know that 3,000 rpms was way too fast. The local LOWE'S store carry Porter-Cable products but they did not carry polishers. Do you know who may? We have a HOME DEPOT, W-MART, SEARS, etc.


Wal Mart should have them in the automotive section. Most auto parts stores also carry them as should Sears.

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