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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:10 pm 
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hi guys, im after a buffer (beginner friendly) :D, so i can give my car a good polish and wax, and to get rid of a few swirl marks and some scratches, i have a budget of £50 for one,

so please help, i would like to get it within the next week

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:30 pm 
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i got one from halfords..

tis nice and simple to use


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there is 1 in argos i think which is like £20 or something
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... eaning.htm
and this 1
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... eaning.htm
if thats the sort of thing you meant, i dont know if there any good


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:38 pm 
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yea that it what i was going to get, but i asked on another site and aparently there [email protected] they just stop if you apply any pressure, ive been told a dual action polisher? but i have nooo idea where to get one from.

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I really wouldn't bother with them kind of polisher/buffers if you want to get rid of swirl marks. They're not really any good.

You seem to be over budget for them kind of things, and under budget for the proper machines for swirl mark correction. You want something like what Jono has (Porter Cable - industry standard for paintwork correction in the detailing circles, UDM - Ultimate Detailing Machine, a slightly more powerful version of the PC, but does the same job). And a transformer as they're only available from the US at the mo.

There are specific pads for each stage of the process aswell. Cutting pads, finishing pads, and then on top of that you're needing the correct product to remove the swirls, like Poorboys SSRP or Meg's #83.

All in, you're looking at spending around £150 at least to get what you need as the absolute basics! :)

But don't buy one of those cheap buffers and expect to get rid of swirls - they simply don't do it!

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ok cheers mate :D i try and save up a bit more then, but dont really see the point in spending so much when i will only use it once or twice i yr :lol: but hey ho.

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That's the thing - it IS an expensive thing to get, and will take alot of time to do, especially for novices.

I'm not saying don't buy one of them buffers, as they do save time for applying wax and polish. What I'm saying is don't expect them to remove swirl marks and make your paint perfect! :)

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yea i can undersatnd that :) how much would a professional cost, to get the paint sorted?

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Depends on what area you're in to what the detailers charge, but have a look here for a rough price:

http://www.hotwaxxx.co.uk/

Gold, Silver, and Bronze stages. If you want it all corrected, then the Gold package is best. The car will look minty mint then, and you can then concentrate on keeping it that way, rather than doing it all from the start.

The Gold price on this guys site is going to be on offer for September/October he told me, to £135 so he can fill in all his weekends before the crap weather comes. But, he's in the Midlands, and unsure as to how far each detailer travels. :)

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This guy is in Manchester and apparantly very good, so if you're considering getting your car done, then he'd be your man to go for :)

http://www.finerdetails.co.uk/

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This guy is in Manchester and apparantly very good, so if you're considering getting your car done, then he'd be your man to go for :)

http://www.finerdetails.co.uk/


I emailed this guy yesterday and asked for a quote on Paint Correction Detailing - which is basically the same as gold class on Hotwaxxx.co.uk.

He replied with this email thismorning: -

Hi Sam

Thank you for your email

The Paint Correction detail on a Pulsar would be around £200 plus the travel costs.

Feel welcome to give me a call to discuss any details/questions. J

Regards

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So - if it costs £200 for the Pulsar i shall think its the same for the fez. :)

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Pulsar would be more of a ballache though. Vents on the bonnet. Spoiler on the back. Bumper is awkward too.

Si would be cheaper if he does it by car I'd imagine. And I'm certainly not paying travel costs from someone in Manchester :lol:

I want to do it myself anyway when I get the PC/UDM. :D

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i would stay away from the cheap buffers available

as Des said they cannot generate enough power to correct paintwork

i have a PC and it is brill, although it seems expensive compared to the ones in argos etc, the results speak for themselves

really it depends on what you want to pay out for, whether it be for someone to do it or to have the pleasure of doing it yerself and taking as long as you want to do it ( the more time taken the better from my experience of using the PC )

if you lived nearer i would have a go on yer car for £50 and 8 cans of Stella :lol:

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