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I am going to buy some polishing compound and perhaps a little buffer machine. Can anyone recommend a good product/compound or machine? Also, perhaps just a rag will be better? Any insight is helpful.
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If you had a variable speed sander you use that with a buffing pad.
If you have a drill you can get buffing pads for that as well. Unless you plan to be buffing a lot of stuff and using it frequently, getting a buffing attachment for your drill or variable speed sander would be the cheap effective option.
https://www.google.com/search?q=buffing+adapter+for+drill&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS976US976&oq=buffing+adapter+f&aqs=chrome.0.0i512j69i57j0i22i30l8.4955j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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I'm not sure if the Harbor Freight tool above is a random orbital/DA polisher. This is an important feature to avoid creating swirl marks or burning your paint. A variable speed polisher will get you results quicker though. If it's only to be used on the Vespa, look for a smaller machine like this one that is a bit cheaper and might be easier to use...

https://www.harborfreight.com/07-amp-6-in-compact-palm-polisher-69487.html

Porter Cable makes a terrific DA Polisher...

https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-Random-Sander-Polishing-7346SP/dp/B002EQ96MG/ref=sr_1_5?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4IbakoeP-AIVA4bICh1qkAD5EAAYASAAEgLSzvD_BwE&hvadid=174213399734&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9015630&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=4813899378349505952&hvtargid=kwd-146116253&hydadcr=24625_9648884&keywords=porter+cable+orbital+polisher&qid=1654182807&sr=8-5

What type of paint correction are you looking to do? How bad are your scratches or swirl marks? This will dictate what type of compound/polish and pad combination you should use. As a general rule of thumb, you should start with less aggressive if you don't know what will work. You might not need to use a compound, but rather a fine cut polish instead. I've done a bit of detailing in the past and there can be some trial and error for newbies. I highly recommend starting with least aggressive and working to more aggressive as needed.

I really like the Meguiar's line of compounds and polishes. They have various levels of cut and pads that are quite easy to use.

https://www.meguiarsdirect.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9u3L-4GP-AIVmIjICh2euAEsEAAYASAAEgLYsvD_BwE

Or you can go for it with a full kit ready to go...

https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Porter-Cable-Ultra-Polish/dp/B0065MYGF2/ref=sr_1_6?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4IbakoeP-AIVA4bICh1qkAD5EAAYASAAEgLSzvD_BwE&hvadid=174213399734&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9015630&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=4813899378349505952&hvtargid=kwd-146116253&hydadcr=24625_9648884&keywords=porter+cable+orbital+polisher&qid=1654182877&sr=8-6

Final thoughts...be sure to thoroughly wash and clay bar the paint prior to any compounding and polishing. This will remove all contaminants from the paint surface so you don't grind it all in while compounding/polishing. Once you've completed those steps, I'd recommend a ceramic based sealant/finish coat. I use NextGen Ceramic as it contains 13% Si02 for great shine and protection.
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Vista if you can find it.I bought 3 old cans that had never been opened on EBay.I had tried several products that worked but not good as I had rough places on the leg shield( it felt like sand it the paint).It had been sitting for 5 years under a tarp.2014 LX in red.
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I have that exact Porter Cable random orbit sander. I recently purchased a few different foam pads from Harbor Freight that fit and a bottle of Meguiars compound. I'm going to give it a shot soon.
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What are you looking to polish? I have an 8" orbital buffer. The one I use most is this drill attachment. You can use it with any type of cleaning wax or rubbing compound. Even works to remove scratches from scooter windshields.
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