By hand, just don't get the same sense of pride by using a buffer. My opinion. I love my car. I hand wash it, wax it by hand, at least twice a week. usually friday afternoons, right before i go out cruising. and again on tuesdays. just because i can. it's gotta be lookin good for the ladies B)
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Orbital buffer does a better job in hiding the scratch marks, it also buffs away swirl marks you can get from hand buffing. However, it pretty much takes the whole day to acomplish, whereas hand buffer will take you a few hours tops!
It doesn't really matter if you're using a low powered buffer. If you're using the huge ones that autobody shops use you have to becareful. Don't leave it buffing on one spot for too long, you'll burn the paint. Also, no matter what buffer you use, make sure you turn the buffer off and on while it's on the paint surface. Lifting it off or putting it on the paint surface while the buffer is still spinning will scratch the paint.
Don't use the orbital buffers, waste of time. You might as well save the extra hours you use using the orbital buffer and just wax your car more often by hand.
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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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uhm, correct me if my understanding of rudimentary physics are wrong but when you polish\glaze your car you take off minute layers of paint, as expected. When you wax your car, you COAT the paint in... well.. Wax.
Originally posted by bimmerfan620@Mar 13 2004, 02:58 AM 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...
If this was true, then there should be many cars that have been stripped to the metal 'cause they've been waxed to death.
If the heat issue was true then we should see wax dripping off of cars that live in the desert.
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