Useful But Cheap Polishing Bonnet Loses It A Star
This saves me an awful lot of time. The terry cloth puts the wax/polish on quickly but it's easy to overdo what the supplied polishing bonnet will take off easily to a shine. I find putting it on (it is quick), letting it haze and then very roughly rubbing over with a soft towel by hand is quick enough and then using the polisher is best. The towel part is so rough it really is a quick and not an issue. The polishing bonnet then can shine well provided I lightly whirr it clean with a towel every so often as I polish. If I don't do the latt...er polishing rapidly turns to haze. Overall it's incomparably quicker and easier than by hand and the finish is just as good. The thin synthetic lambswool polishing bonnet does not help the cause as well as a better one and I feel for the price this is naughty. No risk of burning anything as it's not that fast (still plenty). I use a good consumer-grade liquid polymer wax/polish and go for speed rather than whatever improvement is to be had from some $100++ pro grade wax - I've never had anyone notice anything than a great shine but never knowingly been near a car professionally done with that super high grade of wax after claying etc etc to compare........ Like I said gets me to the finish I am looking for way more quickly and easily than by hand alone.
Purchased in May 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $100.00.
Decent product at a reasonable price.
I bought this unit from Bunnings after reading some less than glowing reviews for some other branded units. It uses the Ryobi One 18V battery system, which is either a benefit or a problem, depending on how you look at it. A tool such as a polisher/buffer does not really have to be cordless, but if you happen to have other Ryobi 18V cordless tools (as I do) it's not such a problem. Be aware though: if you do not have any other Ryobi cordless products, this unit is sold as "skin only": which means you have to buy a battery and charger (and this ...means over $150 extra!!). The polishing area is not as big as some others on the market, but this means that you can use it one-handed if you wish: naturally two handed is better. It is a random orbital buffer/polisher, so it is dual action to help minimise swirl marks. It comes with two pads: one for polishing and one for buffing. So how does it go? The pads are not super easy to put on; they have an elastic band around the perimeter, and it is tight, so you have to do a bit of stretching to get it on evenly (mind you, after a bit of practice it becomes easier). As previously mentioned, it is small enough to use one handed, though after a lot of use your hand WILL tire, so be aware of this. One major complaint is that the 'on-off' switch is on the front of the unit: you cannot turn it on while holding it single handed- you have to turn it on with your other hand. Having said that, once it is on it seems to work quite well. Unlike another reviewer, I had no problems applying a fair bit bit of pressure on the work piece without it stalling. It seems to work quite well and give a satisfactory result for both polishing and buffing, and battery life (admittedly with the 5.0Ah battery) is pretty good. If you have a big car to polish, having a second battery would probably be a wise investment nonetheless, but for an average job, it is a very good solution. Verdict: Compact and easy to use; while the batteries are an extra cost, it is a capable and decent unit for the price: Recommended
Purchased in January 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $89.00.
Questions & Answers
Where can I purchase more terry towel pads for this buffer?
Hi Jarod, I bought some recently from Bunnings. They weren't ryobi brand, but they work just fine!
Just make sure you get the right diameter as there are a few different sizes.
1 Is there a tendency to remove too much paint from curves and edges.
2 Is it used to apply compound/polish as well as buffing
3 What approx area is completed before pad change is required.
4 How many pads supplied.
5 Are extra pads available, at what cost.
6 How long does a fully charged battery last in polish mode
1; No, it's not fast enough to burn paint like a 12" grinder type polisher, it's more a gentle wax/polish tool i.e. Ideal for regular wax application.
2&4; it comes with a terry towelling type applicator and a lambs wool pad - as above, if wanting to cut/remove scratches I'd buy a 12" grinder type polisher.
3; I do the entire vehicle in the terry towelling pad, then the entire vehicle in the lambs wool cloth.
5; I purchased two replacement pads at Bunnings for $16 recently (one of each pads)
6; two 1.5 ah batteries seem to work for me, but I'd reckon one 5 ah battery would do the job.
****Please note***** I do not work for Ryobi, nor am I a panel beater, I'm merely a guy that likes to keep his vehicles nice and clean and this is PURELY personal opinion!
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