Q. Can a random orbit machine polish like a rotary?
A. Up to a point it can. You can control the aggressiveness
of the cut by using various grade compounds. However, random orbit
machines have their limitations in terms of cutting ability, when
more cut is required switch to a high-speed buffer.
Q. When do I use a random orbit machine?
A. When the paint is in good condition or as a final wax
on/wax off scenario.
are different buffers in use, what are they?
There are several
types of buffers popular today with the professional detailer. The
first is the rotary high-speed
buffer. Ranging from below 1000 RPMs to 3000 RPMs, most have a
variable trigger device in order to regulate speed. This is the most
popular machine of any shop, but care must be taken in order to
prevent too much
friction and ďburn ď the paint. This machine requires skill to
operate, but once the operator becomes proficient, it is a very
effective and time saving tool. The most common attachment for this
machine is the hook & loop
backing plate, this accommodates our grip buffing pads. Secondary
attachment system is the old style connection device: the bolt on
The next machine
used in the reconditioning process is the random orbital machine.
RPM ranges vary, but this machine creates a movement like a planet
on a lopsided orbit. The movement does not build up as much heat
like a rotary buffer so itís safe in the hands of a beginner.
However, it canít replace the high-speed buffer
because it canít cut as aggressively. Random orbitalís are commonly
used with smaller foam pads during the finishing stage.
Gear Driven Buffer
The orbital rotation of this
innovative polisher simulates the circular movement of the human
hand while polishing. At the same time, the polisher's highly smooth
running facilitates a careful, precise finish and
even offers what is necessary for hologram-free polishing.
That's just what this polisher, with its ergonomically designed
knob handle, was made for. The positive drive ensures a uniform
movement, even under load, thanks to constant lift. Taken in
conjunction with the large stroke length there is also the
possibility of removing existing holograms from black finishes.
Thanks to the direct orbital drive, very little heat develops on the
surface, which is ideally suited to temperature-sensitive finishes.
The accelerator trigger switch and speed selection allow for a
controlled acceleration to the optimal speed. Note: the machine's
orbital movement has been optimally adapted for the special back pad
included with it.