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10-16-2016, 06:46 PM
Whats the longest extention for the flex p-8,and where can i buy them.

10-16-2016, 10:05 PM
Great insight. My deal is I can see how the nano could get in smaller tight areas and be a more AIO tool. I feel like if I got the PE-8 I would come across a detail job where I said, if I only bought the nano I wouldn't be doing this by hand right now.

10-17-2016, 07:21 AM
Waiting for v2 or v3 I learned my lesson with Rupes..

Mike Phillips
10-17-2016, 08:52 AM
Whats the longest extention for the flex p-8,and where can i buy them.

Autogeek.com is the largest online supplies of car detailing supplies in the world. Some people don't know this so just pointing it out.

Thus you can get them here at Autogeek...


On Autogeek.com

Lake Country Double-Sided Pad Rotary Buffer Adapter (http://www.autogeek.net/double-sided-pad-adapter.html)


Optimum Double-Sided Pad Rotary Buffer Adapter (http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-rotary-adapter.html)


Both brands and styles work the same. As for how many can you use at one time? I guess that depends on how good you are at using, holding and controlling a rotary buffer. I'd say 2-3 extensions should be about the most a person would ever need to tackle most tight spaces.

Here's an article I wrote about 3 years ago showing THREE extensions in action...

How to buff in tight spaces using a rotary buffer (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/ask-expert-featuring-mike-phillips/75929-how-buff-tight-spaces-using-rotary-buffer.html)

For doing correction work in tight areas and on thin panels I use the Flex PE14 with a small pad. I call this surgical or precision buffing. To do this you need,

Lightweight, compact rotary buffer
Rotary Buffer Backing Plate Extension(s)
Small backing plates
Small buffing pads, both foam and fiber

Here's an example on the Lotus Esprit I recently buffed out. I used these pictures for my class at Mobile Tech Expo, "How to use the rotary buffer".

http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/2225/2014_Mobil_Tech_Expo_Detailing_Classes_by_Mike_Phi llips_0071.jpg

Surgical or Precision Buffing
I could have done this type of precision buffing using a FULL SIZE DeWALT, or Makita or 3M or Milwaukee Rotary Buffer but it's the compact size, that is no bulky body in the way of my view or in the way of body components, plus the lightweight plus the slow RPM that makes the Flex PE14 the perfect tool for this type of work.

http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/2225/2014_Mobil_Tech_Expo_Detailing_Classes_by_Mike_Phi llips_007c1.jpg

You want power?
You want ease of use?
You want to buff out thin panels or get into tight areas to do correction and polishing work?

The Flex PE14 and small pads, backing plates and an extension or two and you're good to go...



Mike Phillips
10-17-2016, 08:56 AM
Here's a project Todd Helme and I knocked out together, Todd is using 3 extensions...

Diamond Plate Aluminum from Dullsville to Mirror Shine on a 1947 Chevy Pickup (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/47622-diamond-plate-aluminum-dullsville-mirror-shine-1947-chevy-pickup.html)



Mirror Shine

Just realized Todd hosted all those pictures on Photobucket... I better download them and then upload them here before like so many pictures hosted on Photobucket they turn into red x's or this...


10-17-2016, 11:31 AM
I was looking for more tips on the Nano and I get tips on using extensions on a Flex tool? I decided to get the Nano for the RO option anyway. When is AG going to start selling 1 and 2 inch MF pads? The Rupes blue pads are not a favorite.

10-17-2016, 12:23 PM
It's tough to not "need" the nano lol

Red Hawk
12-25-2016, 05:37 PM
^^Agreed^^. I use mine way more than I ever thought I would.