9. Killmer set the buffer to approximately 1,500-1,800 rpm, but given the fast-cut nature of the compound and wool pads, he suggests beginners learn at speeds as low as 1,000 rpm. He pulled the trigger and immediately distributed the compound over the area he intended to work. Note that he kept the pad absolutely parallel with the surface. Tipping the pad will concentrate the force on a small strip and burn paint lickety-split.