What to look for when buying buffs
Buffs made from softer material produce a higher luster. Buffs made from stiffer material are more aggressive.
A compromise between high luster and aggressive finishing are soft buffs with many rows of stitching. The stitching makes a tighter, more aggressive buff, and also makes the buff harder and offers more control.
Diameter of Buff
The larger the diameter of the buff, the faster the outside of the wheel spins (and, consequently, the faster the finishing).
This number is the number of cloths sewn together to make the buff. The larger the ply number, the wider the buff. Buffs with few ply and lots of rows of stitching are called knife edge and are use to polish crevices.
This is the material that holds the center of the buff together. Choice of center is largely a matter of personal preference, though it is true that a leather center is more durable than a shellac center.
Shor Buffs are grouped by:
- Material, starting with the least soft.
- Stitching characteristics, which may be loose, stitched, or knife edge.
Within these groups, the buffs are arranged in order of diameter and rows of stitching.
- Midget (very small) buffs are listed separately.
- Knife edge buffs and loose buffs are listed separately.