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    Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

    What is a good machine buffer to apply wax? One thing that I dislike is a heavy machine which ends up making my hands tired they are about to fall off lol. I read about using microfiber bonnets to apply the wax. I am sure this machine would be able to apply and remove the wax.

    Also what is a good machine to compound. I see a ton of reviews I am not looking to spend a fortune and again lightweight is ideal.

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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

    The Porter Cable 7424XP is reasonably priced and can do what you want. It is available in kit form with pads and product. If you want something with more power, the Flex XC3401 VRG Dual Action Polisher has forced rotation and will get the job done faster. You will pay 3 times as much for the Flex.
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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

    I like my old, trusty PC7336 and a LC 5" gold pad for all LSP applications. Speed setting 3-4 only. Of course i will say that after a good 4-6 hours of correction with my rotary, the PC feels like a wobbly feather!

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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

    Best machine for waxing: My hand and a yellow foam pad.

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    I use the Flex 3401 with the black uber pads for applying wax or sealants.
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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

    If you are going to be correcting and applying an lsp, I would take a serious look at the Griot's Garage 6" DA polisher. It is in the same price range as the Porter Cable, is more powerful and has a lifetime warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07gtcs View Post
    Best machine for waxing: My hand and a yellow foam pad.
    Agreed!

    ...but if you need a machine just to do that, well, I'd pick up a used GG6" or equivalent. It may take longer but a GG3" would also work for just applying wax/sealant
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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

    Quote Originally Posted by xxnonamexx View Post
    What is a good machine buffer to apply wax? One thing that I dislike is a heavy machine which ends up making my hands tired they are about to fall off lol. I read about using microfiber bonnets to apply the wax. I am sure this machine would be able to apply and remove the wax.

    Also what is a good machine to compound. I see a ton of reviews I am not looking to spend a fortune and again lightweight is ideal.
    Here is what I did for a wax buffer; go to HF or Autozone and pick up a small one handed buffer. Take it home and rip the foam backing plate off, clean well with adhesive remover, apply velcro (hook and loop) to the backing plate and now you can use any 6 or 5.5 inch pad you want.

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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

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    What is a good machine buffer to apply wax?

    One thing that I dislike is a heavy machine which ends up making my hands tired they are about to fall off lol.
    For just applying a wax, as in to maintain paint in great condition NOT a cleaner/wax where you need to tool to work the cleaner/wax just like you would work a compound or polish then the award goes to the Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher.



    Machine Waxing
    After machine buffing the paint with the Total Polish & Seal next we topped the results using a non-cleaning finishing or show car wax to maximize gloss and richness of color. For this we're using BLACKFIRE Midnight Sun and applying it using Rupes 4" white finishing pads on the Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher.

    If you're still waxing by hand you're doing it the old fashioned way... machine waxing is the only way to fly!
















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    Re: Best machine buffer to apply wax? In general

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    I read about using microfiber bonnets to apply the wax. I am sure this machine would be able to apply and remove the wax.
    I cover REMOVING wax using a microfiber bonnet in my how-to book "The Complete Guide to a Show Car Shine".

    You need to think about this one... here we go....

    You can only use bonnets to remove waxes that DRY. And are EASY to wipe off or the tool won't be able to remove it.

    If the wax stays WET like a WOWO wax then your bonnet will become WET and instead of removing the wax it will do the opposite and start spreading it around.

    Make sense?

    I do cover this topic and hundreds of topics in the book.







    As for applying a wax with a bonnet? People used to do that with the huge clunky traditional orbital buffers like I show in this article.

    The Traditional Orbital Buffer aka The Wax Spreader

    See the bonnet on the backing pad?






    If you're going to use a modern polisher like a PC then might as well use a SOFT FOAM pad on your scratch-sensitive clearcoat paint to apply a wax instead of a fiber material.





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    Also what is a good machine to compound. I see a ton of reviews I am not looking to spend a fortune and again lightweight is ideal.
    I'd get a Porter Cable with a 5" backing plate and 5.5" thin pads, either Lake Country or Meguiar's new thin foam pads. I think I have articles on both of them.

    I could share thousands of full write-ups showing trashed paint restored to like new condition using the simple Porter Cable just like I demonstrated last Tuesday night here...

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    Showing Dave the owner how to use a Porter Cable DA Polisher





    Here's a technique for holding and guiding the PC to keep the pad flat to the surface to maintain pad rotation.






    But I don't have the time...


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