Electric Car Polishers- good idea? Pros and cons?

Electric Car Polishers- good idea? Pros and cons?

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markh1

2,833 posts

186 months

Tuesday 8th July 2008
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Best bet is to get onto www.detailingworld.co.uk A whole forum dedicated to polishing ones pride and joy.

Edited to add: There is a difference between polish and wax which people seem to get forget. Polish is designed to knock back the paints surface to achieve a hopefully flawless paint surface. Wax is for protecting and enhancing the shine.

I use a meguaiurs random orbital polisher, it was £150 so not cheap, but it has a lifetime guarantee and does a great job.

Edited by markh1 on Tuesday 8th July 16:23

Strawman

6,463 posts

184 months

Tuesday 8th July 2008
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They get a much better shine than you can achieve with elbow power, plus if you are using them with a polishing head and wax product there is little danger of rubbing the paint away, that only happens when you are using an abrasive product, like T-CUT.
If you use them to apply as well as polished to a shine you get spatter on the rest of the car, so I just apply the wax by hand and polish to a shine when it is starting to dry.
I bought a Halfords two handed variable speed thing, works fine for my limted usage.

steelej

1,761 posts

184 months

Tuesday 8th July 2008
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I'd recommend you get yourself over to www.detailingworld.co.ukbiggrin

The halfords style polishers will ease the burden of applying wax etc but won't do a lot in terms of removing swirls, scratches etc. Check out detailing world there is a lot of into on polishers and pro's/cons. You'd only really be in danger of going through the paint when using something at a relatively high speed using an aggressive polish/pad combo.

ETA: Sorry for repeating info, all these replies came in while I was slow typing mine biggrin

John.

Edited by steelej on Tuesday 8th July 16:25

Mr Whippy

25,501 posts

218 months

Tuesday 8th July 2008
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Yep, little and relatively often, is better than just one attack and do it in a day.

If that makes sense.

A good simple multi-speed non-random orbital with some soft pads and a light cleaner/polish and just keep doing very light polishes.

Trying to get the ultimate finish in even two days of solid work is hard work, and then protecting it well, and keeping it good, is hard work.

I'd aim for an ok, easy to keep looking good level of quality, that you can do DIY in an afternoon ever three months smile

Unless you want to become an OCDD'erwink

Dave

belleair302

6,592 posts

184 months

Tuesday 8th July 2008
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Buy either a Porter Cable random polisher or a Meguiars 220. There are no others worth considering.