...rubbing out paint? For almost 35 years I have been using a pneumatic buffer connected to an air medium-high capacity compressor when I buff out my paint jobs. I have gone through three air compressors in this time, mostly by taxing them with hours on end of buffing. The compressor I have now just can't keep up anymore and I end up spending more time waiting for the pressure to build up to continue than I actually spend buffing. Time to change to an electric buffer.
I don't mean the puny kind that you buff wax and polish with. These run way too slowly to do any good. I tried that and was disappointed. I need a good, powerful electric buffer that was designed with the speed and stamina to buff out acrylic enamel type paint. So, for you guys who do this on a more than occasional basis, which buffer do you recommend? I have at least three Model A and T cars to buff out (in pieces) before Christmas.
Thanks in advance.
Do you use lamb's wool bonnets or Foam? What size? Circular action or double action?
I did auto body repair and painting for over 20 years, I used an electric buffer. More friendly and no demand on the Air Compressor. I never cared for the Air Buffers, I was taught in the 60's to use electric only. I did many many acrylic lacquer paint jobs, sand and buff, to make show quality results.
Marshall, Sorry, I didn't mention brands, I used the cheaper end brands, they worked well, live expectancy wasn't long. Black and Decker, Skill, as long as it is variable speed. If my memory is correct, I think around 1800 rpm worked great, can burn the paint easily to booth. Acrylic Enamel buffs a lot easier then the Lacquers.
I use the Craftsman electric with a lambs wool pad that I've had for about 30 years, and a Harbor Freight dual action buffer with foam pads to go over the swirls.
I use lamb's wool pads. I never had much luck with the foam pads, as they seemed to cause more swirls and problems. So, I also used lamb's wool for final polishing with products such as Liquid Ebony.
It's an old design, but the Cyclo polishers may be worth a look.
There are a lot of factors here to take into account. I will just add, whatever you get, get one with variable speed.
The Black & Decker from 1965 has always worked, But I am not to fussy about finish. Dave in Bellingham,WA
They have "soft start" now too, which I imagine is pretty nice but haven't had a chance to try it.
I just used this one for the repaint of my '11.
I bought a kit that came with some foam pads. Use the orange and white ones for rubbing and polishing. I bought an extra 6 pack of pads.
+1 for the Porter Cable.
Thanks for all the good input and recommendations. I am wading through them now to determine which electric buffer to purchase. Lots of choices with a wide range of prices. I'd love the high end $375+ killer-diller buffers - if I had a professional business rubbing out paint. But as a DIY guy at home, I'm afraid I'll have to set my sights a little lower.
The good ones are expensive! In my shop we always used the Makita. They last a long time doing a lot of work. If you were using for home use, it would last forever!
I just borrowed a Makita from a friend. It worked just fine, but if I was buying one, I'd buy a Porter Cable. They probably aren't made in the U.S. anymore either?