March 9, 2005 at 7:18 PM CST - Updated July 26 at 7:32 PM
Does it Work Wednesday
Flitz Buffer Ball By: Amy Jacquin
Waxing your car takes a lot of time and effort. If you know a lot about cars, you use a buffer. But the Flitz Buffing Ball is supposed to help the amateur get a professional-looking shine.
"It secures to any drill," says Jeff Roth. "Use only in a forward or right rotation."
Jeff first puts the $20 Flitz Buffing Ball on a cordless drill. But when he attempts to tighten the so-called Phillips screw, he discovers it's a hexagon screw instead.
"I'd say it's going to take a long time to buff a car with it," he shrugs.
Jeff owns Roth's Detailing in Jackson, so he's particular about his shine. He chooses a car with obvious scratches and swirls in the hood.
"Well, I could get that out easily with a regular buffer," he adds.
He applies a polishing glaze, and fires up the Flitz Buffing Ball. But he's not happy with the battery power in the cordless drill, so switches to an air drill instead.
"It made it shine a little, but the scratches are still there," Jeff assesses.
Jeff switches to a cutting compound, and tries the Flitz again...
"It doesn't seem to buff in real nice with the compound," he murmurs. "You can still see the scratches down through there and across here."
The cutting compound helped a little, but the Flitz didn't perform nearly as well as a regular buffer... Which Jeff demonstrates. In a very short time, he erases the scratches. So the Flitz Buffing Ball is good for a little shine, but little else.
"I'd say it would work fine if you didn't have any scratches on your vehicle," Jeff suggests. "If you just wanted to put a shine on it."
The Flitz leaves enough residue behind you're forced to wash the car again... Where after hand waxing you would be done.
"I think it would probably be just as quick to do it by hand!" Jeff laughs.
Save your money. The $20 Flitz Buffing Ball fizzles out. It gets at D+.