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09-15-2012 02:59 AM

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Hey everyone :) So I’ve known about buffing for a long time but have never been introduced to it. I bought a little buffing kit and well, I’m completely hooked on it. I would like to ask (for when I buy a buffer this week) What cleaners and polishers do you use and where can you find them? What works good on poly (my main finish of finishes). Is there anything I can find in the big box stores? I’m very eager to learn about this because It fascinated me how well it works. The kit I bought is just a small kit with small blocks of cleaner and poly and I’m going to have to buy more very soon. Let me know please :) Thanks

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 03:08 AM

I’m a big fan of buffing. I use a three-wheel kit mounted on my lathe, and it practically eliminates the need for poly completely. The first wheel is tripoli, for smoothing, the second is white diamond, which begins the polishing process, and the last wheel is wax to really bring out a shine.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 03:11 AM

thats awesome charlie…where do you get your polishes at?

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 03:12 AM

is that the site u buy from?

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 03:36 AM

I have used buffers to wax my cars for a very long time. I use a 10” buffer with a lambswool pad and numerous compounds. Also works great on larger woodworking pieces.
For smaller wood projects this Beall product is the best and the people are great to deal with’

http://www.bealltool.com/products/buffing/buffer.php

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 04:01 AM

I also use the Beall system that I purchased from WoodCraft on my VS JET lathe….sweet : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 04:02 AM

My love of cars led me to Griotsgarage.com, where they have random orbit buffing tools both 3” and 6” electric machines. The foam pads with polishing compounds 1,2,3 or 4 the finest, can buff poly sweet! I think if you can find H&L foam pads for your DA sander, then some polishing compounds, this may take it to a new level.

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 04:14 AM

The compounds last a long time. I have had mine a couple of years, and I am still on the original sticks that came with the kit.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 10:27 AM

Good brief article about buffing in the new Woodsmith magazine. Thinking about trying it myself.

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#9 posted 09-15-2012 11:56 AM

I also want to get into buffing, and found the random orbit buffer at HF for $15 with a couple starter covers. I tried it out first time yesterday, and man, does that thing make stuff shine. Great way to start out without breaking the bank if you want hand-held. I’ve had buffing wheels on a shaft for years, invaluable for buffing everything from some woods to metal items, but I wanted to stop hand polishing finishes on big items and buff them.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 12:15 PM

Good idea , Tennessee : )

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#11 posted 09-15-2012 12:51 PM

I use the beall system and like mne

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#12 posted 09-15-2012 01:01 PM

I just love how it makes your work shine. Looks a lot more professional

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#13 posted 09-26-2012 03:25 AM

The Beall buffer works great.

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#14 posted 09-26-2012 04:36 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlnL2YVz7kQ

As mentioned above, and for those new to buffing, here ya go.

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#15 posted 09-26-2012 08:49 PM

wow thats beautiful stuff

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