Originally Posted by mr_silas
i just always assumed people used buffers when waxing cars? maybe i had the wrong impression. but i would definitely not want to risk make clear coat or paint :/
There are a lot of different types of 'buffers'. What you have there has a wool pad on it, and that is the sort of thing which will burn the paint. It builds up a ton of heat and friction and will literally twist and burn the paint. Random orbital or not, if you are using wool pads then you are putting your paint at risk if you don't know what you are doing. This is why I only use foam pads. For one thing, I've never come up against a problem I couldn't fix with foam pads, and for another I just like to use things that I can safely recommend to other people. Wool bonnets are effective for a purpose, but most people don't have that particular purpose, so they aren't necessary. Unless you are a body shop then you don't need wool pads.