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Hi

Thinking that one of these might make life easier, but have visions of it going wrong in. Any recommendations, pros/cons, warnings?
 

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Warning Will Robinson! (showing my age). Avoid at all cost. Nothing good can come from this! Cheap versions will destroy your paint and high-end buffers are for professionals.
 

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Warning Will Robinson! (showing my age). Avoid at all cost. Nothing good can come from this! Cheap versions will destroy your paint and high-end buffers are for professionals.
Their use certainly isn't a skill I'd like to acquire by practicing on my 718. :|
 

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I cannot see the examples you provided???

I have been using an older version of the Porter Cable 7424XP for at least 10 years and I don't believe it's possible to burn your paint using this buffer. It's perfect for the guy that wants to detail on the weekend. Polishing, waxing and buffing is accomplished in very little time with great results.

Take a look at some of the videos available on the Chemical Guys or Autogeek sites for guidance.
 

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My recommendations:

1. Don't touch a DIY buffing/polishing kit. One tiny mistake, one bit of grit, and your paint will never be the same again.

2. Seriously consider Opti-Coat Pro+ or one of the similar professionally applied paint protection coatings. The result will be a tough, scratch resistant finish that is easy to wash and never needs waxing.

3. Wash carefully at home and NEVER use an automatic car wash.
 

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Thanks guys. Sounds like I'll stick with the hard way. Car came with an autoglym pro wax treatment so I guess that covers it. I quite like spending some time getting a good shine though..
 

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Thanks guys. Sounds like I'll stick with the hard way. Car came with an autoglym pro wax treatment so I guess that covers it. I quite like spending some time getting a good shine though..
Wax and the permanent coatings are very different--but if you like polishing, go for the wax.

p.s.--psychotherapy for "liking polishing" is unlikely to be effective.:laugh:
 

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Yeah, I'm weird like that. Interesting talk of Opti-coat. In the UK they offered an autoglym option as a £400 option but "included" as part of the deal. Discussions seem mixed as it seems a cheap sweetener for the dealer to offer.
https://www.lifeshine.com/

Mine was done and the beading on the roof is pretty cool but not so impressive on the paintwork. Anyone have experience of this?
 
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