How to choose the right polisher

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  1. Scottwax

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    FYI

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    Okay, then get the Harbor Freight DA if you don't want to spend too much, the Griots if your budget is $150 or so, and the Rupes 21 if you are feeling rich. Because its $400. But its also all kinds of awesome.
     
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    Can't get those links to work.

    Brand new black car, is there a polish/glaze that would be good to use (by hand) or is that more for correcting scratches and stuff later on?

    Currently just doing ONR + OCW.
     
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    Black? You brave.

    If you are feeling spendy, I'd look at the Optimum Zen Tool. Similar design to the Rupes, same 21 mm throw, plus a 900 watt motor vs a 500 watt and both a 5" and 6" backing plate for $300.

    I honestly wouldn't bother doing anything by hand on a black car, too much chance of marring from your hand and finger tips. ONR and OCW are fine for now. Go through the EDU on how to buff, all my youtube videos are linked in it.
     
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    I have no idea what I'm doing.

    I am however looking to pick up a polisher and all the attachments, polishes etc. This one seems to get decent ratings on Amazon and its about as much as I want to spend. Is it a step in the right direction or do i get something else? Is there a whole kit I can buy? :dunno:

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    PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher
    $119
     
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    This one is similar to the Porter Cable, but you'll likely have to change the backing plate, the one it comes with isn't very good.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/power...ual-action-variable-speed-polisher-62862.html

    If you're serious about polishing though, a 21 mm throw DA is your best bet, the above are 8 mm throw DA's. At any given speed the pad is moving about twice as fast and they finish out better too. Rupes, Zen Tool and Griots all have 21 mm throw polishers. True, they are $300 for the Optimum one (Zen Tool) and Griots and $400 for the Rupes but they are professional level tools that should last the hobbyist or weekend warrior years.
     
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    Thanks dude :bowdown:

    Looking for something that will last so guess I should make the investment.
     
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    The porter 7424 seems to be a relative safe investment from both a longevity perspective and being sure it won't damage the paint, correct? My last one was one of the harbor freight DA's that I used once a year for a few years before it blew up. Rather get something that lasts longer vs. saving a couple bux.

    The main car I would be using it for initially would be the wife's black Infiniti where the soft paint is swirled to hell. Would the porter, with a proper pad, be fine or should I look at the 21mm throw DA's?
     

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