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DaveNJ posted 10-10-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for DaveNJ   Send Email to DaveNJ  
I am new to power polishing and buffing but need some advice. Did not find much in search.
I have tried using my 6" polisher/buffer and it slings the compound all over the place. If on a vertical surface some will sling into my safety glasses. I gave up and have gone to hand application but there should be a better way. I have even tried my Bosch random orbit with bonnet attachment and very little compound and it still is a mess!

I know I may get a better result and faster if I use the buffer.
Any advice or is this normal ?


newt posted 10-10-2002 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Dave, Are you placing the buffer (with compound already on the pad) against the work surface before you turn the buffer on?

Also try applying the compound with a hand applicator to spread it around, and then use the machine buffer to do the work.

One other note, I found that the 3M heavy duty compound is much thicker than others (starbrite and dolphinite for example), so try the 3m product if you still have a problem.

jameso posted 10-10-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
No one said this was a clean job! I use the Porter Cable polisher, pour the polish on the surface put the polisher in the puddle and then, only then turn it on. Turn it off before you lift the polisher. Yes you will make a mess but the results are worth it. I use a Meguiars foam pad to apply and buff then remove polish with a clean towel.
Jim Armstrong
DaveNJ posted 10-10-2002 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
OK. Thanks. I will try some of these recommendations.


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