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      08-11-2009, 08:38 PM   #1
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Buffer Week - Great deals on Porter Cable 7424XP - Flex - Metabo



Adding a buffer to your detailing arsenal will help you take your results to the next level. As you remove imperfections from your paint by properly polishing, you will create a new level of depth and gloss in your finish. Polishing correctly is what separates one detailer from another and is where the most dramatic difference is going to come from. It's not hard to learn to use a buffer when you follow our step by step polishing guide.

Choosing the proper buffer to fit your needs:

There are 3 types of buffers out there, random orbitals, dual action buffers and rotary buffer. Each buffer serves its purpose and has it's pros and cons.

The Porter Cable 7424 XP is a great buffer all around. It is extremely paint safe as it orbits in a random motion, which helps keep the paint cool and minimizes almost all of the risk of damaging your paint. The PC7424XP is more powerful than the original PC7424 with a larger motor and higher OPMs. One of the nice things about the Porter Cable is the ability to use various backing plates to fit different sized pads on your buffer. With a random orbital buffer, the smaller the pad the more effective you'll be able to properly break down abrasive polishes.

The Flex XC3401VRG is an excellent option for those looking to upgrade their results from their Porter Cable. The Flex buffer is a dual action machine, meaning it utilizes an orbiting motion and it also spins, yielding a more effective way to break down polishes than simply just a random orbital. The Flex offers a lot more power than the Porter Cable 7424 XP which makes polishing faster as well as yields better results. One of the downsides of the Flex is the fact you cannot interchange backing plates, making 6.5" pads one of the few sizes you can work with. The ergonomics and variable speed trigger are also very impressive on the Flex.

Rotary buffers are typically used by professionals, but many auto detailing enthusiasts are making the jump to use one. Rotary buffers spin in a continuous circle which gives the ability to quickly break down polishes and cut through deep imperfections. The downside of this is you risk damaging your paint significantly higher than either of the other types of buffers. The Metabo PE 12-175 is light weight and has good ergonomics. The low starting speed makes this a popular choice for professionals and enthusiasts. Don't forget a rotary backing plate with this unit.

If anyone has any questions choosing a buffer or selecting the proper polish and pad combination, please do not hesitate to ask.

Happy polishing.

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Hey George,
Would the Flex work on 240 volts?
Also, how much to ship to South Australia (zip code 5000).
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Thanks for your support Synergy, be sure to keep us posted on how things turn out once you get a chance to use your new buffer.

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Hey George,
Would the Flex work on 240 volts?
Also, how much to ship to South Australia (zip code 5000).
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The ones we sell would need a converter to make work on 240 volts. Your best bet is to try to order a 240V version direct from Flex or a European distributor.

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