ROS on low speed for buffing wax?

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has anyone tried this with any success?

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#1 posted 512 days ago

I can hopefully let you know this weekend. Lowes had some buffing pads on clearance so I picked a couple up with the intention of trying them out on my ROS to finish off a desk.

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#2 posted 512 days ago

I bought a Surbuff pad from WC a while back but havent really tested it out too much. It’s 6” and attaches with ook and loop. It has little micro bristles that supposedly realy help with buffing out wax. Wish i had more time and experience with it but alas i dont and couldnt give it a proper review. Just kind of FYI.

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#3 posted 512 days ago

Marcus, good to know, i’ll swing by my lowes and see if they have ‘em too.

I’ll be looking forward to hearing your results tho!

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#4 posted 512 days ago

I wouldn’t buff with a ROS. At least the Bosch and Dewalt models I use tend to spin, despite having a random orbit pattern. This could leave you with swirl marks on your project.
I stick with #0000 steel wool lubricated with Howards walnut wax. I buff only with the grain direction.
In fact I just returned from the hardware store because I ran out of steel wool.

Best of luck!

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#5 posted 512 days ago

I use the Beall buffing system and it produces excellent results.

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#6 posted 511 days ago

I used on on my table saw. I turned the speed very low. Worked fine.

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#7 posted 511 days ago

Well, I couldn’t wait. I was teetering on an ROS but pulled the trigger tonight.

I got the Craftsman Professional 3amp 5” var. spd.

List price was $59.
Craftsman Club price was $54 so I signed up
By signing up I got a coupon for $10 off $50
AND I had a $5 gift card

For those keeping score I got it for $39. For the three or 4 pieces/year I do I’m sure this sander will be fine. I ordered the 50 sheet mirka assortment from amazon to start off.

BUT, what I was wanting to do was just buff a little birch plywood storage box I finished. After the 2nd day after waxing the minwax felt much better. Then I folded a tshirt scrap to 3 layers thick and put it on the sander.

I’m sure my eye for finishes isn’t on the level of many veterans around here but I was pretty surprise at the results.

Real nice and at least worth trying again-

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