Buffing a Car:
Beginners Guide to Polishing Your Car

Buffing a car is perhaps the greatest concern for any car lover and enthusiast. It is accepted that the only way to achieve remarkable paint is by buffing your car. 

I realize your head may be filled with all kinds of bad stories about guys ruining their car paint because they tried to polish their car themselves.

I can promise you that for every story like this (that in most cases are nothing but a hyped-up story that is unverified), there are thousands of car owners that have successfully created professional level results by buffing their car with one of the exact types of car polishers I have laid out on this page.

"Buffing a car is the only lasting way you are ever going to create the shine, depth, and gloss in your car paint. "

And this isn't going to happen if you think polishing your car by hand is the only way or the safest way.

buffing your car

Your inexperience is keeping you from even asking the right questions. The added problem is you have an industry willing to give you answers that are right for them, but not necessarily answers right for you!

  • Can you really polish a car if you are a complete beginner?
  • Why choosing the best may be the worst?
  • Why you need to act now, not later?

Now that I have laid out the questions that either are or should be at the top of your list, let's find out the answers:

Q: Can a beginner really buff a car without special training.

A: Yes. The random orbital buffers on this page represent the winning balance between safe and effective. Unlike the rotary polisher that is very effective, it can also be unsafe in the wrong hands. These modern day dual-action car polishers are not the kind you saw collecting dust in your father's garage growing up.

A: Why is choosing the best buffer possibly NOT the best?

A: Because your enthusiasm to find the best will be a slippery slope that is very hard to get off once you're on it. I get it....who doesn't want the best. But your search for the best car buffer will lead you to a never ending line of opinions from one next so-called expert after another. What you need to realize is a couple things:

  • The more you keep searching, the more you delay fabulously shiny paint.
  • If you in fact embrace the art and science of buffing your car, you will forever be seduced into the next greatest car buffer. You won't be able to help yourself. So why over-think it now. Both of the car buffers on this page represent the winning balance of not only safe and effective polishing, but professional car buffers that won't break your bank account at the beginning of your journey into car polishing.

Q: Why do you need to act now not later.

A: I pretty much answered this in my last answer. Likely you are here because you want shinier paint. So the question becomes this: "Are you any closer to getting shiner paint by reading more and more car buffer reviews?

Or are you really just overwhelmed at this point where you are really just making excuses that prevent you from making a decision?

Buffing a Car:
The only way for professional level shine

I realize that this page is not likely your first search at buffing a car and exactly what it's going to take to finally get you off the fence of anxiety and fear to where you are literally buffing your car.

With that said, I want to summarize the key factors in deciding the best car buffing kit for a complete beginner.

Maxshine M15 car buffer for buffing a car

  • The random, orbital buffer is the safest car buffer that you can get that will actually still be able to do paint correction.
  • These polishers are safe as safe can get. Period!
  • Just accept that you need to start now. (your car paint is not getting any shinier without one)
  • Just accept that if you embrace the skill and art of buffing a car, you will forever be searching for the next best car buffer, car polish, polishing pads, etc. , etc (you will catch the bug and you will not be able to help yourself)
  • You just need to get off your butt and act now!  (you can continue to bounce from one car buffing review after another, but that is only going to make you more fearful and frustrated. You are drowning in opinions. Reading another hundred opinions is not going to get you closer to fabulously shiny paint)

Maxshine M15 Dual-Action Car Buffer

  • What I consider the winning balance of features and cost
  • Perfect for all skill levels including any true beginner
  • The last buffer you will ever need (as opposed to want)
  • One of the many buffers I use professionally

Adam's Swirl Killer Dual-Action Car Buffer

  • Top rated dual-action car buffer
  • The winning balance of features and cost
  • Perfect for every skill level from beginner to advanced
  • The last buffer you will ever need (once again; need as opposed to want)

Buffing a Car Summary

buffing a car with a random orbital car polisher

In conclusion I hope I have given you a new feeling a hope that replaces all the fear and anxiety that many guys develop along the way in their quest for the perfect car buffer.

The thought of buffing a car likely has you filled with a high-level of anxiety due to the endless "noise" of this very hyped-up topic of car care and detailing. Most of which is unverified information from so-called experts and "wanna-be detailers".

I hope my voice of reason will get you to act now, not later so you can enjoy all the head turning stares your newly polished car will get after buffing your car!


Darren Priest