Automotive Buffer Review
Helping You Make the right selection the first time!

Trying to find the best automotive buffer will likely prove to be an extremely frustrating proposition for most of you reading this; and likely this is not the first place you have gone looking either! As I tell my children; get used to being has just begun!

Welcome to the digital age. You aare now drowning in a bottomless sea of free information.

And all you want is to find the best car buffer so you can have a really, really shiny car!

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 with this overabundance of bad information, many of you will be making a decision based on partial information at best, and bad information at worst. 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!

The Right Buffer For The Job

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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.

Random Orbital Buffers

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 enough pressure is applied by you, the spinning stops but the polisher continues to basically vibrate or oscillate. This is very different than what are referred to as rotary, or high-speed car polishers that are notorious for leaving swirl marks, holograms (buffer trails), and burning edges (rubbing the paint right off any edges on your car due to excessive friction).

The very reason these car buffers are so safe, is the very reason they are severely limited to doing major "paint correction"; they cannot build up enough friction and heat to perform anything more than wax application, light polishing, and swirl removal.

"Sounds like you have just talked me into choosing a random orbital car polisher Darren, and then proceeded to talk me right back out of it."

See how confusing this topic becomes very quickly?

Why a Random Orbital Automotive Buffer?

  • Most people like yourself are not trying to become auto detailing experts.
  • Most people are simply trying to make waxing their car a lot easier.
  • Most people are simply trying to add a little more shine and gloss to their car without fear of damaging their car.
  • Most people will never need more than just a safe and inexpensive automotive buffer like one of the random orbital buffers below.

Darren's Note: If you are trying to keep things ultra simple and want as much "proof" as possible before making a decision, then either one of the buffers below will work for you. The Black and Decker is more about simply using for wax applications, the Porter Cable will give you even more power and versatility to perform light to medium duty car polishing. But read further as I will simplify it even more based on my professional experience.

Black and Decker Automotive Polisher

Black & Decker WP900 6-Inch Random Orbit Waxer/Polisher

  • One of the most popular random orbital buffers. (in case you think the herd mentality means something)
  • Top rated orbital car buffer on Amazon.
  • A winning combination of price and performance for many people.
  • Use for light polishing and wax applications.

Porter Cable Automotive Polisher

PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher

  • Not one of the most popular orbital buffers.
  • Good piece of equipment for the price.
  • Good user reviews.
  • Not one of my personal favorites.
  • Use for light polishing and wax applications.

The "Better" alternative:
Enthusiast and Professional grade orbital buffers

Griot's Garage Random Orbital

Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Random Orbital Polisher with 6.5" Black Foam Finishing Pad

  • One of my top picks in automotive buffers.
  • The exact car polisher I started with as a professional when I switched to using a random orbital (also known as a DA, or dual-action car polisher)
  • Enthusiast/Professional grade equipment.
  • Light to heavy duty polishing based on the type of car polish and pad you are using.
  • Can't go wrong with this one with the reviews to back it up.
  • Also ideal for waxing your car in a fraction of the time it normally takes. (no more endless rubbing by hand)
  • Comes with a hook and loop (Velcro) backing plate and finishing pad. (The hook and loop backing plate means you are free to pick and choose from an endless selection of polishing pads that are easily swapped out and replaced as needed. This is different than the Porter Cable polisher above that comes with a fixed, and dedicated polishing pad. Having the hook and loop backing plate will greatly simplify your life and one of the main reasons I recommend this far and above the Porter Cable)

Torq Random Orbital

TORQ BUF501X 10FX Random Orbital Polisher Kit (Polisher + 9 Items)

  • Top rated car polisher.
  • Enthusiast/Professional grade.
  • Make your life super simple; this is an all-in-one purchase. (polisher, backing plate, pads, and even polishes)
  • Likely the last car polisher you will ever need.
  • Will perform to professional standards with included polishing pads and polishes.
  • You will be amazed at the results you are able to produce! (seriously!!!)

Darren's Professional Tips:

polishing car griots random orbitalPolishing with the Griot's Garage DA polisher. One of many, many polishers I have as a professional.

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!

P.S. If you find yourself still sitting on the fence and really don't enjoy the painful "science" of review after review, I would simply go with the Torq and make your life super simple.

  • You will be more than happy.
  • You will have everything to get you started on the road to a shinier car.
  • Likely you will never have to endure this task of shopping for the best automotive buffer in the future!

Automotive Buffer Review