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Old 02-19-2010, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by tjcin View Post
Just a suggestion to help reduce scratches. Try some detail spray with your microfiber towels. I have a dark blue truck and am just about fanatical with it. I wipe it down very often. I either use waterless wash and the right towel or detail spray and a high quality(not Costco or Sams Club) microfiber towel. Good Luck
There's one issue, I've got walmart, target and pep boys micro towels
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I've have a Carbon Black car and I feel your pain with washing it and using micro fiber towles and rags. I would still get swirl marks. I bought Porter Cable and it is very loud but I've heard good results from the Flex XC3401. I recommend watching Youtube videos before you put a buffer on a vehicle.

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Originally Posted by marineman View Post
Most effective for a reasonable price is the porter cable 7424. Autogeek has some good package deals that come with everything you need. Last time I looked Amazon had decent prices on the buffer too.

For a beginner stay away from the rotary buffers, if you don't know what you're doing you will do more damage than good for your paint. Random orbital buffers can still do a terrific job if used correctly. In fact the buffer is the least important part of the process. I now use the porter cable and am very pleased with it. I also have a rotary but I only use it as a last effort before wetsanding. Back when I was on a much tighter budget and only working on my own vehicles I used a craftsman buffer, cut the foam part off and put some velcro on it then used the same pads that the high end buffers use. It won't provide quite the results of a higher end solution but for the price it's very effective, especially if you only plan on using it 1 or 2 times a year. I run a small detailing business on the side which is why I got the PC.
^^This. Porter Cable 7424xp is basically foolproof. You can really only burn through clearcoat by trying, and even then it takes some effort.
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