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Electric Car Buffer vs Hand Waxing Your Car

Electric Car Buffer vs Hand Waxing Your Car

Giving your car that awesome shine can be quite a chore if you don’t want to spend for the services of a professional automobile detailer. Chances are that he uses a specialized electric car buffer that can really work wonders on your car’s paint-job, while you will have to make do with waxing and buffing your car by hand.

If you think that your car is missing out on a lot just because you’re hand waxing it, think again. There is no other way to make your car’s color and shine really come through, except to work on it manually from top to bottom. Opting for electric car buffing or even purchasing your very own car buffer isn’t always the best thing to do, because the high-speed mechanism may eventually wear down and peel off your paint. This is especially true if you haven’t had your car repainted in a long while.

It’s always a good idea to ask the opinion of a trusted car detailer to know whether it’s better to hand wax your car or to use a car buffer.

To be perfectly honest, both polishing methods can produce top-notch results, such that you would never be able to tell which one was achieved through a rotary buffer and which one was done by hand. The only question that remains is whether you want to invest in an electric car buffer, or if you’re already satisfied with what you can accomplish by using a few clean rags and your own two hands.

There are certain advantages to each method, but at the end of the day, your personal preference should be the deciding factor:

  • Length of time spent: electric buffer wins
    On the other hand, an electric car buffer will certainly save you lots of time because the power mechanism can do more  rotations in a minute than your wrist can ever make. You can pick from either a high-speed rotary or a random-orbital car buffer. Each one comes in different sizes, too.
  • Difficulty of use: hand waxing wins
    Obviously, you will not need to learn anything new should you opt for hand waxing your car. You only need to be ready with a couple of microfiber cloths to apply the wax with and you’re good to go. As for either type of electric buffer, you will require some time getting used to the thing before you can pull off the polishing job like a pro.
  • Possible damage to the paint-job: equal
    There is no winner in this category, as both electric car buffing and hand waxing your car can cause streaking and swirls if the wax is applied improperly. It will also be very difficult to cause serious damage to the paint-job, unless it is already cracked and peeling before you started to work on it.
  • Results: equal
    Some car owners claim that an electric buffer will deliver the highest gloss and the deepest shine for your car, but that is not necessarily true. Road and weather conditions contribute a lot to how long your car’s shiny good looks will last.

If you don’t have the time or the desire for DIY car care but you are excited about having your car waxed, check out our Presidential Detail Package – among other things, it includes car waxing, too!

3 Responses to “Electric Car Buffer vs Hand Waxing Your Car”

  1. […] auto detailing method wherein damaged areas of a car’s paint are removed. You can choose from a manual buffer or an electrically powered one depending on the severity of your car’s condition. These buffers come with heads of varying […]

  2. […] is suggested that you use a buffer for an easier and even application. Using a microfiber cloth or sponge can consume a lot of time […]

  3. […] in the market, such as the dual action polisher (also known as random orbital polisher) and the rotary buffer. The former is easier to handle, hence recommended for less experienced detailers. The rotary […]


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