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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ok to use an orbital buffer/polisher?

I am considering purchasing a light duty orbital buffer/polisher for wax/sealant application only. I know some better buffers have a fail safe feature where the motor will slow down or stop if too much pressure is applied, thus reducing the risk of burning through the paint.

That said, with the notoriously thin paint on these cars, will a even a LD buffer do more harm than good?

Appreciate any expert advice.

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The only machine I can recommend for home use is a dual action, random orbital polisher. It's almost impossible to screw up with one, and they usually come with special backers that dissipate heat and prevent burning. A regular orbital buffer /polisher can cause all kinds of grief in the wrong hands.

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I use the one from Griot's garage. It is a random orbital and has variable speeds. I did a full paint correction on my 6 wagon and did not burn through any of the clear or base. The price for the machine was reasonable and their products are pretty great as well. Check them out.

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I just picked one up at a Pawn shop
I go in just to check what someone had to unload and I have come out good if into DVD’s you can get good deals at some of them.
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People say the paint is thin on the 3rd gens. Im not sure if I really believe that, but I'd still probably not want to constantly polish my car. What I've heard one guy did is he polished it once to a high shine, then got a paint protection wrap on the whole thing. It'll stay shiny for years.
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