View Full Version : Rotary newbie...polish flying everywhere

May 23rd, 2006, 01:42 PM
Hey all,

I recently tried out my Makita 9227 for the first time and I only made it spin at 1000 rpm to begin (better safe than sorry). My only major issue at the moment is the incredible amount of polish that is slinging all over the place. I watched the Meguiar's videos several times where they show to apply a bead of the product onto the surface, bring the rotary up to speed, position it at 10 o'clock and then pick up the product. However, I am still getting sling all over the place.

P.S. The Meguiar's videos are not working at the moment from the BetterCarCare site.


May 23rd, 2006, 04:19 PM
I normally control sling by mildly "misting" my pads and being extremely precise about the amount of product on the panel and on the car. It could very well be you still have too much product being used.

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May 24th, 2006, 08:07 AM
As tumbler said, you may be using too much product. Practically everybody does at first, I sure did (well, sometimes I still do :rolleyes: ).

Also, if you watch the video very closely, you'll see that they don't "...bring the rotary up to speed, position it at 10 o'clock and then pick up the product."

It's more of a simultaneous, all-in-one motion where you move the buffer across the bead as it's accelerating, before it's up to speed. This draws product under the pad and distributes it evenly before it's spinning fast.

Buffers with a soft-start or a variable trigger (like the Makita) are easier because you have more control over how quickly they come up to speed.


May 24th, 2006, 09:35 AM
or you could try my method, which is probably not the way many people do it. I start off with a rubbing compound, i dont use meguiars, so i can't help you with the product numbers of their compounds. I use a wool pad with the rubbing compound. After leaving a light film i switch my pad over to a foam pad and use a swirl remover. These first two compounds I try to limit the splatter, but i still get some. Then I wash the car, making sure to get all the splatter off. After I dry it I use a final glaze, applied by hand, which really gives you a smooth-glassy finish. Sure this might not be the best way to do it, but i learned it from a 55 year old guy that has been buffing his whole life. If you really want to prevent splatter you can mask off anything you don't want to buff.


May 25th, 2006, 05:43 PM
I usually try to spread it around a little while lightly tapping on the trigger to get a little spin going.
So...10 o'clock position it to pocket the product, tap to spin it a little and spread the product around, then...once its spread about nicely...start 'er up