The best tool I have seen for cleaning a buff and restoration is one
sold by Rolex, through the Rolex tool department. I believe this
buff rake is likely available elsewhere and is not a proprietary
Rolex item. The tool is Swiss made, hardwood with two screw-in
hardwood handles. The rake is a replaceable array of multiple bent
steel tongs mounted onto a flexible base. The base is held in the
handle piece by slipping the ends into slots in the "t" of the tool
(relative to the handles) and tightening a set screw. The cost as I
recall from Rolex was about $70 us..but I might be way off on the
To cut it short, this tool NEEDS two handles!! Applied to a
spinning buff, the buff is totally and completely cleaned, new
surface exposed in a very quick procedure. You need two hands to
hold the tool to the buff and lower power motors might well be
stalled by the aggressive action of the rake.
Does anyone know about this Rolex offered rake besides me? I would
pay the price to obtain one. The buff comes out clean and like new
with a superbly fluffed surface for both aggressive compounds and
Do have the dust collector working well when the Rolex offered rake
is used. The too is so effective that great quantities of buff
wheel are shed in a hurry. The result is a buff which really does
the job it is supposed to do.
I often suspect insufficient buff restoration is a leading cause of
less than perfect showcase finishes. The buffs are consumable items
and should be treated as such. Do not hesitate to comb and restore
that buffing wheel. A good combed surface is a dream to work with
and truly does produce a superior finish. We keep all platinum
buffs and felts in individual bags, gold buffs in a separate zone
and comb regularly. We also ultrasonic between abrasive and final
compound buffing to prevent contamination of the buffs. This
practice is worth it if you want to see a truly perfect finish.
Any word on the buffs like offered by Rolex would be appreciated. I
am no longer associated with a Rolex dealership and do not have
access to their tools department.
Prayer for all in the tsunami disaster.