The Flex polisher represents the latest from the world of automotive polishers and looks to compete against some solid contenders in the competitive world of car buffers. This top rated car buffer has gotten rave reviews from both professionals and weekend warriors.
The Flex buffer is a German made tool that represents a few unique selling propositions that separate it from the crowd:
"Darren, this entire subject of car buffers and polishers has me so confused. Could you reduce it down to the ridiculously simple for me?"
I am going to start with the "why not?" over the "why you should". And this reason is due to the fact that this Flex car polisher is unique in that it is what is considered a forced rotation dual action polisher, which is different than a random, dual action polisher.
It can get confusing quickly, but it is a very important difference that has more to do with the user experience than it does with actual results. Most of my visitors to this site are true beginners or come with little experience. And for this reason it is important to know that as a beginner, I want you to have the best experience at the beginner so you are not turned off by the polishing process due to choosing the wrong equipment.
I believe you have to take the user experience as an equal part of the picture. Many companies and guys will talk about the "best", and will send you chasing review after reviewing determining what exactly is the best. I am of the opinion that this particular car polisher from Flex is not the most ideal choice for beginners. And this is simply due to the forced rotation of both the spinning and the vibrating motion of the polishing head. While this machine is still much easier to master than the high-speed rotary polisher, it is still more difficult than a top rated random orbital car polisher.
If you are a begiiner and have been sitting on the fence long enough and want to finally get your feet wet, I recommend you choose one of the polishing kits at this car paint restoration page.
As I have stated and as you have likely already begun to learn, the are so many choices when it comes to car polishers. So before I get into the different types of polishers offered by Flex, let me establish why Flex polishers are so highly rated and reveared by both enthusiasts and professionals like myself:
Positive Drive (forced rotation) Dual Action Buffer:
"Darren, if you are saying that a positive drive dual-action buffer like this one from Flex is 'harder' to control, then why would anyone ever want one?"
The very reason the positive drive, dual action Flex polisher is so highly regarded as the ultimate in car polishing is the very reason it is not the most popular: it is simply a little more difficult to use when compared to a random orbital like virtually every other dual action buffer on the market. But with that said....
"The Flex polisher is more difficult to use, but allows for the ultimate in control."
When you are polishing any car, you will be challenged by many angles and nuances of the car. No car is going to be completely flat and straight. While using a random orbital, you will trade-off one benefit at the expense of another. It is a difficult decision for any beginner to make.
"Darren, if you were in my shoes, what would be your choice?"
Glad you asked since the industry will offer you endless opinions and endless options. For this reason I suggest you go to my "Car Polishing for Beginners" where I lay out my top pick for any beginner to intermediate level car polishing.
I hope this Flex polisher review has helped you formulate conclusions based on enhanced information. I also hope that you are now in a position to make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing a quality car polisher whether this be a Flex polisher or a different brand of car polisher.