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Buffing the Hull - Random Orbital Buffer?
It is nearly impossible to get good results using a cheap buffer. I tried numerous under $100.00 buffers and until I got the Makita I have now never got the results I wanted. I discovered that you need a buffer with a slow "no load" speed and good 3M buffing pads. Pads come in different "weights" usually the whiter the wool the more abrasive the pad. Use a more aggressive pad for oxidation and then when you "polish" move to a "fine" weight pad. I actually got so frustrated with my results that I paid the local body shop bufing guru to teach me the fine art. I paid them an hours labor and he shared all the tricks with me it was well worth it! This is where I leanred about pad weights, compound buff wax and the fact that there are no shortcuts!
Buffing a hull is always at least a three step process if it''s oxidized. First compound with the lightest compound that will remove the oxidation. Second polish the hull with something even finer than 3M Finesse It. I like McGuires #9 Swirl Remover for the polishing step. The third step does not require the buffer and it''s the wax stage. To get the best, longest lasting results use a carnuba paste wax like Colinite Fleet Wax or 3M''s carnuba paste wax. Here''s a link to a great buffer. The feature I like best is that you can control the speed with the thumb wheel. Just copy and paste the link into your address bar..