Finding the best automotive buffer will likely prove to be difficult at best as most of us realize we are drowning in a sea of information! Any session within the hundred or so online forums will be a frustrating experience with opinion after opinion; most of which are nothing more than inexperience people misrepresenting themselves. (not that I have an opinion!) Unfortunately will this overabundance of bad information, many of you will be making a decision with partial information. My car buffer review is designed to walk you through the process and ask questions that you didn't even know to ask yourself, all so you can then make an informed decision!
Isn't that the million dollar question? And if you had that answer, you most likely wouldn't be here. Many of you will struggle to find the perfect automotive buffer for the job. So follow along as I break it down into bite sized pieces and lay the dots out for you to connect based on you and your world.
Considered by many to be the safest car buffers alive due to slower RPM speeds and what is called non-forced rotation; this means that when too much pressure is applied, the rotation stops. This prevents any heat and friction build-up designed to make paint polishing fool-proof for any true beginner. The major drawback of these car buffers is the very reason they are so safe; they cannot build up enough friction and heat to perform anything more than light polishing and swirl removal.
Meguiars Dual Action Polisher G110v2
Forced-rotation orbitals are similar to the random orbital automotive buffers in that they have (2) separate axis points. Think spinning of the earth as it rotates around the sun. Forced-rotation buffers have forced rotation on both rotating axis points. This means that it both spins and rotates when pressure is applied unlike the random orbitals from above. This also means that actual scratch removal and heavier duty polishing can be performed with these upgraded tools.
High-speed car buffers are stigmatized as thrashers-of-paint! Unfairly so due to many opinions from the inexperienced and ignorant. Similar to the proverbial gun debate; high-speed polishers don't damage, people do! These tools serve a purpose, but like any tool in the wrong hands, they can be trouble. The industry has responded with the newest versions having lower operating speed settings starting at a very low 600 RPM. (trust me, this is very low and makes these tools every bit as safe as any random orbital) Because of these lower start and operating speeds, now these tools represent an even bigger spread of performance and user friendly features that make them even more suited for first-timers! If I was forced to live with a single automotive buffer, it would be one of the following choices of rotary polishers. (I currently have 3 I rotate based on job requirements and testing)
Like many other areas of life, we often learn after the fact that we have made a decision with partial information. Hopefully I have revealed more information in attempt to help you be a more informed consumer. Hopefully you are now ready to make a decision and take your polishing to the next level. A lot of satisfaction comes when the right motivation meets up with the right tools! So good luck and go make it shine!