This is what I use. I replaced the backing plate to use different pads. Works fine and does the level of correction I need. In the time I have used it, I think it is really more about the pads and product than the machine. My assumption is from the 50 bucks after coupon I paid, it going to be pretty close to units running up to the 120 dollar mark. After that price point, I know the machines get better but not worth the outlay of cash for my needs.I use the one from Harbor Freight
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I've done a number of cars & motorcycles with it, with great results.
I mostly use Meguiars Ultimate Compound.
Honestly, just follow what WhiteShadow89 wrote. Good stuff in that post.I recognize that I'm resurrecting an old thread here, but wondering if any of the contributors would update their advice at all.
I've been looking at the Chemical Guys buffer and pads. Any thoughts or experience -- good or bad?
I'd say no, with a but, if your paint is thin, you might not want to go gangbusters trying to get some of the deeper scratches.Is a paint thickness gauge needed for optimizing pad choices or do the recommendations above pretty much apply to any/every car?