Cheap Orbitals

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by hotsauce, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. hotsauce

    hotsauce New Member

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    I found a few cheap orbitals:
    http://www.cssauction.com/product/___2/COLEMAN-9-INCH-ORBITAL-WAXER-POLISHER-3500-RPM.html
    http://www.cssauction.com/product/___536/COLEMAN-10-INCH-ORBITAL-WAXER-POLISHER-2580.html
    http://www.cssauction.com/product/_...S-RECHARGEABLE-POLISHER-WITH-2-BATTERIES.html
    There are some more, just search the website.

    I know they dont come close to the PC, but how will they do for applying Poorboy's polish w/ carnuba? I simply do not need the power/quality of a PC, not to mention spending around $200. :o

    Any other alternatives?
     
  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    You might as well do it by hand. The buffer isn't powerful enough nor are there any good pads for it.

    Unless your paint is absolutely perfect with no swirls or scratches, you do need the power and quality of a good PC to take care of them.
     
  3. Bigsnake

    Bigsnake OT Supporter

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    The problem with those is the motors are way too weak and they usually take those cheap bonnets. You can do work by hand but don't expect to get the same results.

    Go to Home Depot or Lowe's and see what Dual-Action or Random Orbital Sanders they have. The PC is just a random orbital sander. If they have a hook and loop pad, then you can put velco buffer pads on them. I think the PC will be the cheapest though.
     
  4. bmxenbrett

    bmxenbrett Guest

    look on ebay and screw that little battery operated one
     
  5. Labster

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    Don't even waste your time with one of those buffers. You're better off doing it by hand. They lack the power and the selection of pads that are required to work the paint well. Save yourself the hassel and buy a PC or the Dewalt variant of it.
     
  6. Kerpal

    Kerpal handlobraes

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    Exactly... if your paint is already perfect, an orbital might save you a little effort vs. doing it by hand. But in my experience, even though you might get okay results from an orbital, they don't really do justice to good products... I've had better results by hand, even on perfect paint. And as far as removing swirls or other defects, Scott's right, it simply won't work. I've tried it (before I found the wisdom of this forum :big grin:), and it was just a waste of time.
     

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