A rotary buffer is used to create a high quality sheen in sanding projects, and they usually have a trigger and speed control. Find out how to use a rubbing compound before buffing wood with help from an independent contractor and carpenter in this free video on power tools.
I'm Jeremiah Fox. I'm a carpenter and handyman out here in New York City. Using a rotary buffer. For many projects, once you've sanded them down to a point where they're pretty nice, you want to get them that nice, high quality sheen, and for that, you use a rotary buffer. A rotary buffer is a power tool, so you want to make sure you have your safety gear on. Eye protection, and it is a noisy thing, so ear protection. So the rotary buffer looks like this. It's got the big buffing wheel, it's got the trigger assembly, it's got a little locking mechanism here, if you don't want to hold the trigger down for ever, and it's got a handle here for your other hand to keep good, solid grip on it. It also has the speed control, so you can change the RPM's. Now, to use the rotary buffer to get all those little marks out, you want to take some rubbing compound and a rag. Dip the rag in to the compound and rub it in to the wood where your marks are. Then you're going to take the buffer, and using a light touch and a circular motion, you don't need to lean in to this thing, you're going to fire it up, and you're going to buff it all the way. Nice and shiny.