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So what's everyone's preferred brand/model of low speed grinder/polishers for using with clay bars?

Up until a few years ago I used to just stay on top of it and use Autosol and buff by hand. But now that I am getting older and extremely lazy, think I'll buy a buffer, just not sure which to buy.

Recently I've resorted to using nothing more than SOS pads since the nature of my business is the truck gets dirty every day. But since my new truck doesn't have me hating life yet like the last one, I kinda wanna take care of it, LOL.

This is what the old one looked like with just SOS pads on the wheels and acid on the checker plate under the cab. It's good enough for what I do, but since the new one is still shiny new I don't wanna take SOS pads to it yet, LOL.

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fwiw   I have an old craftsman 1850 rpm i used with a stitch wheel and the brown jewelers rouge.    don`t know if they`re still available or not but the slower turning wheel always worked best for me.     don`t do a lot of that foolishment  anymore   :D

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I have Dura Brights 😆

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Oh man dura brights would be so nice

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Believe it or not, with the chemicals they use along with the salt up here, even Durabrights are no good. They stain and tarnish after one winter.

 

Alcoa will replace them once (maybe twice if you really fight) under warranty.....then they give you a set of regular polished rims and say have fun with that.

 

That's why normally once everything get tarnished I just do the SOS pad shine. Stuff just don't last here.

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Nice Truck Shop! We don't have Harbor Freight's here, but I guess our Canadian Tire and Princess Auto are about the same kind of deal.

 

Got any tips for me? I guess just keep going steady straight lines back and forth?

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Don’t use to high of speed, it can kinda burn the aluminum and give it blueish spots.    My dad has a dewalt buffer he uses.   Bought it prob 15 years ago.  Held up great.   He has a stainless wire brush he uses to clean the wheels.  To much build up in them makes thing not work right.   Don’t use to ruff of wheels or course of ruge either.  

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OK thanks Hobert62. Do you wash the pads with water when you are done to clean them out for next use? What do you do to care for the pads between uses?

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                           For quick lesson this video probably is the best, and he runs some speed on the buffer-but he does it for a living too. Notice the direction the buffer is turning and he chases the polish line upward.

                          The thrown off polish is always moved in the next pass, not below the wheel.

 

                          

 

 

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Dad keeps all his stuff in a cardboard box on a shelf.  The rouge he keeps kinda wrapped in the plastic it comes in.   It’s in a clean place not under a workbench.     He keeps the brush handy while buffing a periodicly leaves the buffer run and holds the brush against the wheel.  I don’t think he has ever washed a wheel, and they do wear out.  They keep getting smaller if you do diamond plate it’s pretty ruff on the wheels. There are different color wheels and  rouge it determines how course they are.   Idk the difference outher then his red wheel is really course.  

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Thanks for the advice gentlemen. 

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