i voted for orbital, because I choose power over handjob(like furious likes) :P I use a circular, and took detailing classes at my university 2 years ago as well as worked in the detailing dept. at a huge Chevy dealer a while back. Hand applying a coat of wax is fine, but it is when you want to buff out swirl marks and scratches, you cannot get the job done by hand. You need that power to cover the scratches up. Sure by hand you can hide them after your done waxing it, but when you wash the wax off eventually, the scratch is likely to reappear. 1. I only use meguiar's products, and 2. I don't wax my car more than 2, maybe 3 at most times a year. Those of you that wax your car weekly, or bi-weekly are doing harm to your top coats, and finish. Your not helping it out at all, and did you realize every time you wax your ride you are taking a small bit of the top coat off with your buff?? yuuppppp you are... oh and one other thing that a lot of people don't think about, or have never been told, you should always wash and wax your car with cold water. NEVER USE HOT/WARM water as this will strip the wax off almost immediately...
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