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    Default What is a good orbital buffer for aircraft use?

    I have been looking at various orbital buffers on Amazon and Harbor Freight, but I do not l know about orbitals only the old straight circular buffers....

    Any recommendations on what to look for...????...
    I need to buff up the old paint job on my C-172. IO guess my cars could all use some help as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I have been looking at various orbital buffers on Amazon and Harbor Freight, but I do not l know about orbitals only the old straight circular buffers....

    Any recommendations on what to look for...????...
    I need to buff up the old paint job on my C-172. IO guess my cars could all use some help as well.
    I am thinking the regular circular or even good ole elbow grease works just fine... By the way your website looks great.
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    Depends for what product you're working with and what kind of paint your working on. I have an adjustable slow speed buffer for polishing but I wouldn't use cutting polish on my airplane. It'll remove paint from rivet heads and raised seams and can remove color coats from base coats before you know it's happening. That one uses wool bonnets, has handles I can lean into, and is heavy. For waxing I use a cheap lightweight orbital buffer I bought at Sears. It uses terrycloth bonnets and has one speed. AIH, WalMart, Napa, all should have something similar. If you're trying to slick-up chalked paint? That's frustrating. Been there. I'd start with a liquid sealer wax and see how it goes.

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    I went to the local NAPA, Car Quest, Spenard bldg supply, Ulmers and the Kachemak Gear Shed..Also went on the local radio Flea Market asking for one... . Nobody in town has one....
    So it looks like time to order from Amazon or Harbor Freight.

    Maybe:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    OR


    http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-va...her-69924.html

    I have a big standard drive air-tool buffer,,,, which is not working out so swell....
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    I bought one of the Porter Cable buffers last year to detail my boat and like it very much. I ordered it from Auto Geek.net. They have several package deals available. I got the one that came with a assortment of pads and no polish, as I had a different brand in mind.

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    You need a very slow speed and if you don't clean it very thoroughly you will know...

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    I polished my airplane with Dewalt Speed polisher with soft start. Makita makes a nice one like it too. Both have variable speed which is important when polishing these aluminum airplanes. The slower buffer RPM works great and I like the ability to change the speed if needed. I tried using my old orbital polisher without variable speed and it is way too fast which tends to cake the polish on the plane (all aluminum airplane).

    Dewalt 7" polisher
    http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWP849X.../dp/B004W1WGIC

    Makita 7" polisher
    http://www.amazon.com/Makita-9227CX3...ita+soft+start

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    I ordered a Porter Cable...
    It gave me an excuse to add a couple Philip Kerr books to my order.
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    Meanwhile, a few ba-zillion revolutions later......PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher.

    The 6 inch foam pad came apart half way down the fuselage. So I found an 8 inch locally. It is turning the rough old surface into something that looks like airplane paint again. LOTS of rubbing compound.

    If you go to high speed without being up against a surface it spins so fats that it will tear the pads apart.
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